FROM THE BOX: Honolulu prostitutes bow down to The Police (February 1984)

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Walk the streets for money/
you don’t care if it’s wrong or if it’s right

It would end up being The Police‘s last North American concert before doing a few shows in Australia, and then calling it a day. I’m prouud to say that I was one of the 33,000+ people at the Aloha Stadium that night which featured Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Bryan Adams, and a juggler who opened up for The Jacksons as opening acts.

The Police’s arrival was big news, as it always was with any mainland or international band. 1983 was very much the band’s year with Synchronicity, which ended up with four hit singles. It was also the first time the band had returned to Hawai’i since they were a young and new ska band on the college circuit (they played at the University Of Hawai’i, footage of which was captured and shown on the KGMB-9 television show, Hawaiian Moving Company.) When they first arrived, there was no such thing as MTV. In February, they were the darlings of the music cable network.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser were the two daily newspapers and they would feature a number of articles before and after the show. This one is from after the show, and I believe was taken from the Star-Bulletin. It’s a story that could’ve happened anywhere, but it shows that if you are a lady of the night, you have to have priorities: money or concert.

You can read an enlarged version of the clipping by clicking the image above.

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