10. THE POLICE, 7/24/83

Location: The Checkerdome, St. Louis, MO
Support act(s): Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
In the company of: Eric G.

For this, my second Police show, I was now in full-fledged awe. It was the Synchronicity tour and it was fantastic. I made the road trip to St. Louis and picked up my friend Eric. Again, Joan Jett opened and did a fine job. But the obvious attraction was the Police, the then “Biggest Band in the World.”

Here’s a good trivia question for you: What album dethroned Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” from the #1 spot on Billboard where it had lived for months? You guessed it. And what an album it was.

6. THE POLICE, 3/25/82

Location: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO
Support act(s): Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
In the company of:

Having recently become a Police fan, this was my first Police show. In support of their fourth studio album “Ghost In The Machine,” they created an energy that Kemper Arena had not experienced before. I had begun loving their albums, now I saw them live. This threesome was fast on the way of becoming my all-time favorite band.

With the hits “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Invisible Sun,” and the title track, they were gearing up to record their final album and masterpiece.

Oh yeah, Joan Jett did fine.