NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Today, The Police, in conjunction with New York public television stations, have announced that after fourteen months of a record-breaking tour, their much anticipated final concert, will take place on Thursday, August 7, 2008, at Madison Square Garden, featuring special guests the B-52's. Tickets to the concert will only be available through a pledge to Thirteen/WNET and/or WLIW21. The concert is expected to be the largest single fundraising event in the history of public television.
The Police, who kicked off their first American tour in 1978 at NYC's legendary CBGB's, have come full circle with the decision to perform the final show of their reunion tour in the City as a benefit for New York Public Television.
"We are honored to partner with public television and have a deep respect for their commitment to arts and culture," said The Police at a May 6th press conference with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where the band announced their own pledge to the city of $1 million towards the Mayor's MillionTrees initiative to plant 10,000 new trees and help reforest 2,000 acres of New York City.
"This historic concert event will benefit Thirteen and WLIW21 in general but, more specifically, enhance the arts and culture programming that these two stations provide to New York and America," says Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of the Educational Broadcasting Corporation, the licensee of Thirteen/WNET and WLIW New York "This is an exciting kick-off to the "Public Television Rocks" campaign, which will help public television engage with a new generation of audience and hopefully become a new model for future fundraising." –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers