Although it may be two years since Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers performed their last show as The Police for their 2007-2008 Reunion Tour, the band still has a very active fanbase on the internet. There are a number of great websites, both official and unofficial, devoted to the band and each individual band member. For those looking for information on the band’s discography, upcoming solo performances, archived images and video files, here are the best websites devoted to The Police still being actively updated today.
Official Websites Dedicated to The Police
Launched at the beginning of The Police’s 2007-2008 Reunion Tour, ThePolice.com is the band’s “official” website, with a lengthy discography, news archive, message board and merchandise store. Originally access to much of the site was limited to paying members of the band’s fan club, but was opened up to all after the end of the reunion tour and the closing of the club. The message board still sees regular activity, as many fans met and began communicating there during the tour and remain friends today.
If ThePolice.com looks an awful lot like Sting’s official website, Sting.com, that’s because it is designed and run by the same individuals. The layout is quite similar: a news archive, merchandise, message board, and tour information, although access to some content is still limited to paying members of Sting’s fanclub. Members can enter contests for merchandise giveaways, use the forums, and also get access to ticket pre-sales here. There is also a list of upcoming TV and radio appearances by Sting on the site.
Stewart Copeland’s official website is located at StewartCopeland.Net, and does not require any membership to access all content. Originally “sc.net,” as it is known to regular visitors to its forum, was an unofficial site established by several fans in Italy. The site later became official and contains regularly updated news, a multimedia archive, discography, reports on Stewart’s solo projects and tours, and an active forum which Stewart has been known to visit and contribute to himself. Contests are occasionally run through the site for merchandise and performance tickets as well.
Andy Summers’ official website is located at andysummers.com. There is no message board forum, so it is not highly active as a center of Andy’s fandom. That said, the site does have extensive information on Andy’s solo discography, performances, books and photography. There is a merchandise store, and also essays and other writings by Andy here.
Also of note is the official website of The Police’s original guitarist, Henry Padovani. Through HenryPadovani.com, one can listen to some of Henry’s music, follow his upcoming appearances, and order his book, Secret Police Man. There are historic photographs on the site, and a great deal to learn about the early days of The Police.
Unofficial Websites Dedicated to The Police
For those with an obsessive need to know where The Police were on any given day in history, no site is more complete and detailed than The PoliceWiki. This fan-produced wiki covers all aspects of the band’s history, from concerts, release dates, collectibles, instrumentation, the band’s fandom, and much more. Contributions are continually being added by fans new and old, and the wiki features an extensive library of exclusive photography and content contributed directly by those who had worked with the band members, including photographer Laurence Impey and musician Zecca Esquibel.
Another popular, long-standing fan-run Police website is StingUS. As the name would imply, the emphasis here is largely on Sting, with regular updates on his current activities, upcoming releases, and concerts. News and information is also provided to a certain extent on Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, but the StingUS forum is not always the friendliest place for those who are more Stewart and Andy fans. Of course, the same has been said about the forum at StewartCopeland.Net, that it is friendly only to Stewart and Andy fans, and not to Sting fans.
Too Kool To Kalypso
If you’re looking for photographs of the band – with an emphasis on Stewart Copeland – check out the fansite Too Kool To Kalypso. This site features a large image archive with over 2,000 photos and scans from books, magazines, concert programs, and more. There are also screen captures from various video programs, avatars which can be used on message boards and forums, and a small collection of original articles and magazine transcriptions.
LiSting is an English and French-language fansite devoted to Sting and The Police. There is an active message board forum, a list of rare recordings, games to play and exclusive interviews. LiSting also covers the musical work of two of Sting’s offspring, Joe Sumner (and his band Fiction Plane) and Coco Sumner.
Rogier’s Police Page
Rogier’s Police Page has been on the web since 1996 and is still regularly updated today. Along with an extensive tour listing, the site features a lengthy list of transcribed articles, song lyrics and a news archive.
Kollected Works is perhaps the most extensive Stewart Copeland-focused fansite on the web. It features an extensive discography, frequently updated news, information on Stewart Copeland’s equipment and drums, and much more related to Stewart’s performances and composition work.