Ghost in the Machine Tour

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Ghost in the Machine Tour
Tour by The Police
Associated album Ghost in the Machine
Start date 29 July 1981
End date 6 September 1982
Legs 8
Number of shows 119
The Police concert chronology

The Ghost in the Machine Tour was a 1981–1982 concert tour by The Police to promote their album Ghost in the Machine. To reflect the horns-based sound that permeated the album, the band decided to work for back-up musicians, hiring a horn section called The Chops (Darryl Dixon, David Watson and Marvin Daniels), who previously worked on the Sugarhill label.

The opening act for the North America II portion was Bow Wow Wow or Oingo Boingo or the Go-Go's and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for the North America III portion (Portland, Maine) opening act was Black Uhuru. The English Beat was the opening act for the North America IV portion of the tour. U2 opened for the Police during the UK dates of the tour, with Bono joining the band on stage during their performance of "Invisible Sun".

The Toronto appearance on August 13, 1982 was the second annual "Police Picnic" festival, with the band headlining. Opening acts were The Spoons, A Flock of Seagulls, the English Beat, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Talking Heads. During the Police set, Ranking Roger of the English Beat joined them on "One World (Not Three)".[1][2]

Regular setlist[edit]

This track list was taken from the performance at The Summit in Houston Texas on March 20, 1982: it not representative of the tour collectively. "Driven to Tears" was added to the European leg of the tour.

  1. "Voices Inside My Head (intro)"
  2. "Message in a Bottle"
  3. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
  4. "Spirits in the Material World"
  5. "Hungry for You (J'aurais toujours faim de toi)"
  6. "When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around"
  7. "The Bed's Too Big Without You"
  8. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"
  9. "Demolition Man"
  10. "Shadows in the Rain"
  11. "Walking on the Moon"
  12. "Invisible Sun"
  13. "Bring on the Night"
  14. "One World (Not Three)"
  15. "Roxanne"
  16. "Don't Stand So Close to Me"
  17. "Can't Stand Losing You"/"Reggatta De Blanc"/"Be My Girl—Sally"
  18. "So Lonely"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
South America Leg I
29 July 1981 Caracas Venezuela Poliedro de Caracas
30 July 1981
North America Leg I
22 August 1981 Philadelphia United States Liberty Bell Park Racetrack
Oakville Canada The Grove
European Leg I
9 September 1981 London England Theatre Royal
10 September 1981
11 September 1981
12 September 1981
1 October 1981 Böblingen Germany Sporthalle
2 October 1981 Essen Grugahalle
3 October 1981 Kassel Eissporthalle
5 October 1981 Freiburg Stadthalle Freiburg
6 October 1981 Rüsselsheim Walter-Köbel-Halle
8 October 1981 Heidelberg Rhein-Neckar-Halle
9 October 1981 München Olympiahalle
12 December 1981 London England The Marquee
14 December 1981 Wembley Arena
15 December 1981
16 December 1981
18 December 1981 Brighton Conference Centre
19 December 1981 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
21 December 1981 Deeside Wales Deeside Leisure Centre
22 December 1981 Leeds England Queens Hall
23 December 1981 Stafford Bingley Hall
31 December 1981 Edinburgh Scotland Royal Highland Showground
3 January 1982 Stockholm Sweden Hovet
4 January 1982 Göteborg Scandinavium
5 January 1982 Copenhagen Denmark Brøndby Hall
7 January 1982 Hamburg Germany Ernst-Merck-Halle
9 January 1982 Leiden Netherlands Groenoordhallen
10 January 1982 Paris France Parc des Expositions du Bourget
11 January 1982
North America Leg II
15 January 1982 Boston United States Boston Garden
16 January 1982 Landover Capital Centre
18 January 1982 Philadelphia The Spectrum
19 January 1982 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
20 January 1982 Springfield Springfield Civic Center
22 January 1982 New York City Madison Square Garden
23 January 1982 New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum
25 January 1982 Williamsburg William & Mary Hall
26 January 1982 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
27 January 1982 Atlanta The Omni
29 January 1982 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
30 January 1982 Detroit Cobo Arena
1 February 1982 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
2 February 1982 Minneapolis Met Center
4 February 1982 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
6 February 1982 Phoenix Compton Terrace Amphitheater
8 February 1982 Inglewood Inglewood Forum
9 February 1982
10 February 1982
12 February 1982 Daly City Cow Palace
13 February 1982
South America Leg II
16 February 1982 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Ginásio do Maracanãzinho
17 February 1982
19 February 1982 Viña del Mar Chile Anfiteatro de la Quinta Vergara
20 February 1982
North America III
12 March 1982 Pembroke Pines United States Hollywood Sportatorium
13 March 1982 Jacksonville Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum
14 March 1982 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center
16 March 1982 Birmingham Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex
17 March 1982 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
19 March 1982 Baton Rouge Riverside Centroplex
20 March 1982 Houston The Summit
22 March 1982 Austin Frank Erwin Center
23 March 1982 Dallas Reunion Arena
25 March 1982 Kansas City Kemper Arena
Oklahoma City Lloyd Noble Center
28 March 1982 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon
29 March 1982 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
31 March 1982 Champaign Assembly Hall
1 April 1982 St. Louis Checkerdome
3 April 1982 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
4 April 1982 Lexington Rupp Arena
6 April 1982 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
7 April 1982 Ann Arbor Crisler Arena
9 April 1982 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
10 April 1982 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
12 April 1982 Boston Boston Garden
13 April 1982 Providence Providence Civic Center
15 April 1982 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
16 April 1982 Sryacuse Carrier Dome
18 April 1982 East Ruutherford Meadowlands Arena
19 April 1982
21 April 1982
22 April 1982 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
European Leg II
2 July 1982 Bologna Italy Fiera Parco Nord
4 July 1982 Milan Parco Lago Redecesio
28 July 1982 Aylesbury England Friars
29 July 1982 Southampton Gaumont Theatre
31 July 1982 Gateshead Gateshead International Stadium
North America Leg IV
9 August 1982 Norfolk United States Norfolk Scope
11 August 1982 Montreal Canada McGill Stadium
13 August 1982 Toronto C.N.E. Grandstand Stadium
15 August 1982 Charlevoix United States Castle Farms
17 August 1982 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
18 August 1982 Peoria Peoria Civic Center
20 August 1982 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre
21 August 1982 Cedar Rapids Five Seasons Center
23 August 1982 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
24 August 1982 Omaha Rosenblatt Stadium
26 August 1982 Salt Lake City Salt Palace
28 August 1982 Sacramento California Exposition Grandstands
29 August 1982 Portland Memorial Coliseum
31 August 1982 Vancouver Canada PNE Coliseum
1 September 1982 Seattle United States Seattle Center Coliseum
3 September 1982 San Bernardino Glen Helen Regional Park (US Festival)
5 September 1982 Tucson Tucson Convention Center
6 September 1982 Las Cruces Pan American Center

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