Set List


The Spiral Theory pays tribute to the pioneers of modern rock - The Police, U2 and R.E.M.! These three bands most successfully melded together the sounds of new wave, classic rock and punk, giving new life to guitar-oriented rock with a conscience. 

The connection between the three bands goes even deeper:
In 1983, The Police is selling out stadiums across North America as the world’s most popular rock band. Their opening act, on their first national tour, is barely known R.E.M.. In 1985, U2 plays the Longest Day festival in Athens, Georgia with R.E.M. on the same bill. Bono later stated meeting Michael Stipe on that day, and their ensuing friendship, was “one of the most important moments of my life.“ On the final show of the 1986 Amnesty National Tour at Giants Stadium in New York, The Police symbolically take their instruments off during “Invisible Sun” and pass them over to U2, who then finish the song before starting their own set. The torch is officially passed. By 1991, with the releases of "Achtung Baby" and "Out of Time", U2 and R.E.M. have become “the most important rock bands of a generation, setting a new standard for how arena rock concerts could feel and how they could communicate" - The Chicago Tribune.

The Spiral Theory celebrates the history of The Police, U2, and R.E.M. with 2 sets dedicated to the amazing music they created as the pioneers of modern rock. An expanded set list includes the best of the rest that followed in their footsteps, including Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, The Strokes, etc.



August 2, 2019 at Toronto's Linsmore Tavern. One of only a few packed indoor-venues on a summer long-weekend. Here's the proof :)

The Spiral Theory performing live! No pre-recorded tracks! No overdubs! 100% authentic! U2 - I Will Follow (0:00), Foo Fighters - Times Like These (0:48), R.E.M. - Orange Crush (1:42), The Police - King of Pain (2:22), Rush - New World Man (3:44)

The Spiral Theory rocking it live on the Main Stage at Toronto Ribfest, Sunday, June 30, 2019 covering "Take Me Out" (Franz Ferdinand).

The Spiral Theory's Linsmore Tavern debut - drawing the crowds out on a summer long weekend (August 2, 2019).

Set List

The Police:  

King of Pain

Driven to Tears

Every Breath You Take

Spirits in the Material World
Wrapped Around Your Finger

Synchronicity II

Message in a Bottle



I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

I Will Follow

Angel of Harlem


The One I Love


Orange Crush

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Radio Free Europe

End of the World

Exhuming McCarthy



Foo Fighters – Times Like These

Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly

Rush – New World Man

Rush - Limelight
Tragically Hip – Little Bones

Tragically Hip - Music at Work

The Clash - Rock the Casbah

The Strokes – Last Nite 

Black Keys – Lonely Boy

Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved

Bryan Adams – Run To You
Goo Goo Dolls – Slide

Collective Soul - Shine

Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

And more ...