1981 August performances
- August 19 (or maybe 20) The Metro Club, Boston
- August 21 Tavern On The Green, NYC
- August 22 Liberty Bell Race Track in Philadelphia PA
- August 23 The Grove in Oakville, Canada (outside Toronto)
- August 28 & 29 The Ritz in New York, NY
- August 31 Emerald City Cherry Hill NJ
Write-ups, reviews and mentions
- August 31, 1981 New York Times - Concert Review (the Ritz)
August 19 (or 21?), 1981
Boston's Metro Club
15 Lansdowne Street
(at Brookline Ave and Yawkey Way) Boston
(aka; Avalon, The Ark, The Boston Tea Party, Electric Circus, 15 Lansdowne, Boston-Boston, Citi...and soon to be House of Blues)
Location of the Metro club
Nearby is Fenway Park
aerial view of Fenway Park, Lansdowne Steet Clubs
aerial view of Fenway Park, Lansdowne Steet Clubs
photo source: Aram Boghosian for the Northeaster News
Through the years this site and club at 15 Lansdowne Street has gone through several incarnations.The original building was built over a hundred years ago to be a garage for horse carriages.
Then, in the '60's it somehow evolved into a psychedelic club called The Ark.In September 1969 it became the new home for the then happening live music club called the Boston Tea Party. This is the club where the likes of Bob Dylan, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Velvet Underground and the Grateful Dead all played.Then in the '80's it became the rocker club the Metro.After awhile it transformed into a glamorous disco joint called 15 Lansdowne and then changed it's name to Boston - Boston and then a club called the Citi.In 1992 it became the Avalon Club. In 1999 the Avalon went through a major renovation and became the much larger New Avalon.Finally, in January of 2008 - House of Blues purchased the site. The House of Blues is to be part of a large Music Hall complex scheduled to open in the end of 2008. So we'll see what it becomes next.
August 21, 1981New York
--Miles Copeland's wedding party at Tavern on the Green. (Miles was I.R.S. record founder producer). Miles was the brother of Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police and Ian Copeland. Sting was Mile's best man. The Police jammed with the Go-Go's and Oingo Boingo. They played some Elvis songs.
August 22, 1981
Liberty Bell Horse Race Track
Liberty Bell Horse Race track
The music festival began at noon on a warm Saturday in a horse tract located just north of Philadelphia. The Police went on at 5:45 pm.
The festival line-up included several bands from the I.R.S Records roster: The Coasters, Oingo Boingo, The Go-Go's, The Specials, and The Police. The Coasters were added at the last minute. Attendance was estimated at 16,000.
August 23, 1981
Oakville, Ontario Canada
The Grove ("The Police Picnic")
23 Aug 1981
People: 29, 000
Time: An all-day event, start at 3:00pm
Support acts: The David Benedeth Band, John Otway, The Payolas,
Nash The Slash, Oingo Boingo, Killing Joke, Iggy Pop,
The Go-Go's, The Specials
August 28 & 29, 1981
The Ritz in New York's East Village (Webster's Hall)
119-1125 E. 11th Street - between 3rd & 4th Avenue
The Ritz was originally known as Webster's Hall. Built in 1886 and designed by renowned architect Charles Rentz, Webster Hall was described as the "Jewel of the Village" by Eugene O'Neil. It was where the original bohemians, like Emma Goldman, Marcel DuChamp and Margaret Sangor, created unique costume balls to benefit nascent social and political causes.
On May 1st, 1980 The Ritz opened as the famous showcase venue for emerging rock acts. Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Prince, Sting, Kiss, B.B. King, and Guns n' Roses all performed on what was routinely called,"the best stage in New York City." The Ritz was the first nightclub to feature a video component, which soon set the trend across America. The Ritz relocated in 1986 giving the opportunity for Webster Hall to be born. source: Webster's Hall History
(Photo: Richard Drew/Associated Press)
The Ritz was founded in My of 1980 in New York City's East Village. The theater, built in 1886, was originally known as Webster's Hall. The Ritz offered disco dance rock music interspersed with live acts. It was one of the first clubs to feature a huge video screen on the wall.
However, by 1986, rock 'n' roll stopped filling the house, and the bar became a tranny hangout, hosting weekly pageants and struggling to recapture its former bohemian glory—but failing to compete with smaller venues.
In 1989 The Ritz moved into the former digs of Studio 54 (254 54th street). Today the original building is once again called Webster's Hall.
On March 19, 2008 New York City designated Webster's Hall a historic landmark.
Today Webster Hall operates as a night club with 4 floors of entertainment space, performance stages, dancefloors and luxurious lounges housed within one of New York 's most historic and beautiful buildings.
Webster's Hall NYC landmark status
August 31, 1981
by Stephen Holden Rock Bands: Oingo Boingo and Go-Go's
Concert review of show at the Ritz.
Webster's Hall today
August 31, 1981 (Gina's 24th birthday!)
Emerald City (disco club)
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
(old Latin Casino club in Cherry Hill NJ)
Emerald Hill was located a Route 70, Cherry Hill NJ. It was located in the former Latin Casino Club. Emerald Hill existed between 1978 to 1983. Today the site houses the corporate headquarters of Subaru USA.
DJ Phil Smith opened Emerald City. It had a stage and a huge dance floor.
source: Emerald City NJ dance floor
1 Skidmarks on My Heart2 How Much More3 Tonight4 Fading Fast5 London Boys6 Cool Jerk7 Automatic8 Lust to Love9 Can't Stop the World10 This Town11 Vacation12 Can't Walk in Your Sleep13 Our Lips are Sealed14 Let's Have a Party15 We Got the Beat16 Surfing and Spying17 Beatnik Beach----------------------------------------