The Police to perform final gig in New York

NEW YORK Tue May 6, 2008 2:33pm EDT

Bassist and lead singer Sting (L), drummer Stewart Copeland (C) and guitarist Andy Summers perform during The Police Live in Concert in Tokyo February 13, 2007. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Bassist and lead singer Sting (L), drummer Stewart Copeland (C) and guitarist Andy Summers perform during The Police Live in Concert in Tokyo February 13, 2007.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The reunion of rock trio The Police will come to an end this summer with a final concert in New York that will benefit arts programming for the city's public television stations, the band announced on Tuesday.

Singer/bassist Sting, drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers reunited for a world tour last May and, according to Billboard data up to September 30, grossed more than $171 million from 53 shows seen by more than 1.5 million people.

The band will say farewell to Britain with a concert in London's Hyde Park on June 29. The New York City concert will end the tour, though a date and venue have not been released.

"We kicked off our very first American tour at CBGB's in 1978 and this summer, 30 years later, our journey will come full circle as we play our final show here in New York City," The Police said in a statement.

"We are honored to partner with public television and have a deep respect for their commitment to arts and culture," the group said.

When asked in London in February if this really was the end for the group, Sting said "Yeah, I think it's right. We've been saved from the nostalgia in a bad sense because I think the band sounds fairly contemporary."

The environmentally conscious group made the announcement while donating $1 million to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's initiative to plant 1 million trees in the city by 2017. The city matched the $1 million contribution.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols, editing by Daniel Trotta and Cynthia Osterman)

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