In the early 1980s, The Police kicked off their tour for the album Synchronicity. It would be the largest tour for the band, and the beginning of the end for the band being together.
In June 1983, The Police released their fifth studio album, with lead single Every Breath You Take, released a month earlier.
NME at the time said the album “…magnifies the difference between Sting and Summers and Copeland it also evolves the group into a unique state: a mega-band playing off glittering experimentation against the sounding board of a giant audience.”
The band kicked off their tour in Chicago, and used Bridgehampton in New York’s The Hamptons as their home base as they toured the Midwest, Northeast and eastern Canada. Tickets averaged between $12 and $15.
Bands who opened for the tour included The Fixx, Stevie Ray Vaughan, James Brown, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Peter Tosh, Simple Minds, REM, UB40, The Thompson Twins, Madness, Ministry and A Flock of Seagulls.
Despite endless disagreements during recording and the lack of harmony among the band members, the tour was a success, with 66 shows in North America, and over 100 in total in North America, Europe and Australia. Meanwhile the album kept churning out top of the charts hit including Wrapped around your finger and Synchronicity II.
The tour became one of the highest-grossing tours of the 1980s, and was the final tour for the band.
The Police officially broke up three years later, after delays and disagreements prevented recording another album, and Sting wanting to do a solo project.