The Police still hold a special place in my heart because they were at their most popular throughout my high-school years. Their final and most successful studio album, Synchronicity, was released during my senior year, and it was all you ever heard on the radio and MTV. It would not be much of an overstatement to say that they were the biggest band on the planet that year. What better a time to break up the band then, huh?
Well, we all know what happened next. Sting went on to have an equally successful solo career, and Stewart and Andy went on to wish the band had never broken up. In 2003, the Police were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame where they performed "Roxanne," "Message In a Bottle," and "Every Breath You Take" live for the first time in nearly 20 years - and they still sounded amazing. This, of course, caused many a fan, including myself, to begin jonesing for that improbable Police reunion.
On February 11, 2007, The Police opened the 49th Annual Grammy Awards with a killer performance of "Roxanne" - but not before first announcing, "We're The Police, and we're back!" This led to the thrilling announcement of a 30th anniversary reunion tour that would begin in May of 2007 and go until August of 2008. Their two shows in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 1 & 2, 2007 were filmed for a new concert DVD, which was named Certifiable because Sting once claimed he'd have to be certified insane to re-form the Police.
The DVD set list features 19 songs that are culled from each of the band's five multi-platinum studio albums. Sure there were a few of my personal favorites left out, such as "Spirits In The Material World" and "Murder By Numbers," but you would be hard pressed to complain about this set list. This doesn't mean that there isn't anything to complain about though. "Don't Stand So Close To Me" gets the lame-ass '86 treatment instead of the superior original arrangement, and the ominously potent "Invisible Sun" never quite realizes those qualities here. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" sounded flat, and "Synchronicity II" did not come close to the intensity of the original.