The Police To Forest New York
Reunited rockers THE POLICE have struck a deal with New York City Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG to forest the Big Apple with proceeds from their last ever live date.
The trio and Bloomberg staged a press conference in Times Square on Tuesday (06May08) to confirm the band's final concert ever will take place at an as-yet unnamed venue in the city.
Rainforest campaigner Sting used the press conference to announce that he and bandmates Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland will also contribute $1 million (GBP500,000) to Bloomberg's MillionTreesNYC initiative, a gift the city will match.
The $2 million (GBP1 million) windfall will aid the planting of trees all over New York City.
Sting said, "Some people may be surprised to know that the greatest single contribution to greenhouse gases is deforestation.
"We all want cleaner and cooler air, and planting trees is the best way to achieve that.
"We have a long history in New York. We came here first in 1978. We want to leave a gift that will last for decades."
Sting refused to comment on where The Police's final show will be, other than to state it will "probably be indoors".
During the press conference, the mayor presented each member of The Police with his own key to New York City; Sting presented the Mayor with an all-access backstage pass for all of the group's remaining shows.