05-08-1977 / Mont de Marsan / Punk festival / FRANCE
This was the last show for The Police as a four-piece band.
The Police performed on the first day of an open air punk festival in the South of France, which was held on 05-08-1977 and 06-08-1977 in a small open air arena. On the first day there were also performances of: The Clash, The Damned, The Boys, The Rich Kids, Electric Kellar and Asphelt Jungle.
Before the concert Andy and Henri were quarrelling about their qualities. The two guitars were dominating during the whole show. The Police performed five songs which have never been released. The show was full of energy and there was no number which lasted longer than 3 minutes.
After The Police was introduced on stage Sting said: "Ça va? What? Ça va? We're gonna play some songs you won't understand. Turn this off".
The Police performed Kids To Blame which appeared on Curved Air's album "Airborne" and was written by Norma Tager (lyrics) and Stewart Copeland (music).
"This tune ... can you turn these monitors off, I can't hear myself ... this tune is called Clouds In Venice".
Three O'Clock Shit was written by Sting, but the original title was something like Love Is In My Heart. After hearing this title Stewart changed it into Three O'Clock Shit, which would appeal much better to the audiences they were playing to. Seven years later, in 1983, Sting used the first stanza of this song for the first stanza of O My God.
The Police also performed their version of It's My Life (Atkins/D'Errico), which was a UK Top 10 and US Top 30 hit for The Animals in 1965.
The Police's performance was mentioned in a review about the festival in Melody Maker: "The Police making their first appearance with veteran guitarist Andy Summers (an incongruous) recruit to the new wave, succeed this debacle (they made an impact on the audience). They perform competently, and Summers delivers some guitar breaks, but the music as yet lacks any real identity. And the sight of Summers pogoing and going down on the bass guitarist is more than a little disconcerting".