Billboard reported last night that The Police were going to be announcing their final tour dates ever, finishing off their tour in 2008 with another run through the States with a brief stint in Europe thrown in the middle of it. Today, they announced the dates and venues on the tour, including stops at Red Rocks, The Gorge, and a couple major cities that they haven’t already hit on their reunion run. Elvis Costello and the Imposters are going to opening up the entire tour. And I’d start saving for this one, folks — it costs plenty to see these legends play live. I think I paid about $10 a song for my seats at one of their Wrigley Field shows last summer.

And despite the fact that they definitely owe me at least $10 back for that cheesy-ass rendition of “Walking in your Footsteps,” complete with animated dinosaurs dancing across the stage lights and viewing screens, I’m glad I got to experience this musical giant of a band that played a large part in me discovering what music is all about. They played their hits that everyone knows, they played some real musical hits that they don’t play on the radio anymore, and they played some surprises for the folks that truly loved this band inside and out. If you’re a fan at all, it’s worth every penny dollar. Read on the for dates and drop some comments if you’ve seen the latest tour.

The Police 2008 Tour Dates w/ special guest Elvis Costello & the Imposters:

May 01 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
May 03 – Buffalo, NY – HSBC Arena
May 04 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
May 10 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
May 13 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
May 14 – Omaha , NE – Qwest Center
May 16 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
May 17 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre (formerly Sound Advice)
May 20 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 21 – Dallas, TX – Center
May 23 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand
May 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Wireless Pavilion
May 26 – San Diego, CA – Coors Amphitheatre
May 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hollywood Bowl

The Police will perform throughout Europe in June, then back to the US…

July 11 – Portland, OR – Clark County Amphitheatre
July 12 – Seattle, WA – The Gorge
July 14 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 16 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
July 17 – Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
July 21 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 25 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater
July 26 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theater
July 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
July 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center
July 31 – Boston, MA – Tweeter Center
Aug. 01 – Saratoga, NY – SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
Aug. 03 – Holdmel, NY – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 04 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater

Remember, this is your last chance to catch these guys ever. Until, of course, they decide to try and break their own tour grossing records by charging $50,000 a ticket to see one night from their year-long stint on the Moon in 2112. We heard a rumor that Rush is going to be the opener on that tour; we’ll keep you posted if we hear more.

Here’s the full press release.