The band continued to aggressively promote and market themselves and in 1980 embarked on their first world tour, performing in such diverse locales as Mexico City, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Osaka and Cairo. Their hard work paid off and by the release of their third album, 1980's Zenyatta Mondatta, the band were poised for international superstardom. Sting's individual stardom, too, was rising after his appearance in the film adaption of The Who's Quadrophenia and other acting roles. However, creative conflict within the band was rising as well.
In 1981, The Police recorded and released their fourth album, Ghost in the Machine, after which the band members took a brief sabbatical to pursue solo interests. When they reconvened for 1983's Synchronicity, the resulting album was their most commercially successful to date, launching a series of hit singles and bringing them to the heights of world stardom. On their supporting tour for the album, they would even play to 67,000 people at the legendary Shea Stadium in New York.
Although The Police never officially "broke up", after Synchronicity the band members went on to pursue solo careers, reuniting only briefly for the 1986 Conspiracy of Hope Tour and when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Fans' hopes and dreams of a real band reunion would not be realized until 2007, when The Police embarked on a 16-month tour performing over 150 dates around the world.
Does the future hold anything else for The Police? New music seems highly unlikely, but of course, there's always the chance for another reunion tour or one-off performance, some time down the road...