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Peter Tosh: Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, August 3, 1983

On August 3, 1983, Peter Tosh w/Word, Sound, and Power joined Talking Heads and Stevie Ray Vaughan on The Police’s historic and record-setting Synchronicity tour, opening for the English trio in front of 30,000+at Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec.

Here is what one Police fan had to say about the show:

“Back in the day when dinosaurs roamed the earth and Martha Quinn was this crazy thing called a VJ when MTV actually played videos, I went to a concert in Montreal at Olympic Stadium where I got to see Stevie Ray Vaughn and Peter Tosh.  Sponsored by MTV, it was an all-day event.  It was incredible. Then it was the Talking Heads. They were so awesomely wonderful, even when David Byrne threatened to throw one of the cameras into the audience because MTV wouldn’t put their act on the big screen. Aww, my misspent youth, thinking that was cool when I was 17 years old.  And then it was The Police. As I know very little French, Sting spoke language of love the entire concert, although I could only identify the dirty ones.  So, The Police were part of my coming of age, and I’m pleased they are together. The reasons mean little to me, I just think it’s groovy.”

Here is an audio interview with Peter from Montreal, August 1983:






  1. Gordon Hobs says:

    New tour date (two days later):

    1983 August 5 C.N.E. Grandstand Stadium, Toronto, ON, Canada


    05-08-1983 / Toronto, Ont. / C.N.E. Grandstand Stadium / CANADA
    • “The Police Picnic ’83” line-up: Blue Peter, King Sunny Ade & His African Beat, The Fixx, Peter Tosh, James Brown, The Police.
    • Attendance: 35,000.
    For the third year in a row The Police headlined at “The Police Picnic”.

  2. Gordon Hobs says:

    sorry the date was known before (e.g. Intel-Diplo HIM), but is not on the midnightraverblog-list

    1. marleyrkives says:

      Thanks for your hard work and research. We must continue to collaborate. I will go to the Library of Congress here in DC soon where I can review a ton of articles for missing dates. FORWARD>>>

  3. Jon says:

    I was there. 18 years old – I convinced a few friends to attend with me. I was standing near a couple grinding to the music in an overtly sexual way (which I found intriguing, disgusting, embarassing, daring and inappropriate).

    The best act by far were the hypnotic rhythms of the Talking Heads which had everyone dancing even against their will. The Police seemed very unsteady. Andy Summers kept making mistakes and Sting’s bass playing seemed rushed and apprehensive.

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