This month will mark the 10th anniversary of the Police’s record-breaking reunion tour. Although Andy Summers is back with a critically acclaimed new solo set, Triboluminescence (pronounced: TRIBO-loom-inn-ESSENSE), the long shadow of the Police continues to loom large.
We asked Summers if he was frustrated that although the band’s global reunion trek was a resounding success, superseding all expectations, the end result of a new Police album never came to fruition: “Y’know, I’ve been in this scene for a long time (laughs). I didn’t go in with those expectations knowing the personalities involved. I thought, there’s no way. . . Sting will do this tour, but there’s no way he’s gonna makes a new album and get into that. Because, most of the truth is he’s sort of in denial he was ever in the Police. He is. That’s fine, if that’s what he wants to do. But I know that none of us will ever overcome it. He goes out and plays the songs of the Police. I’ve just come back from two weeks in Brazil playing the songs of the Police.”
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Police’s 1978 debut album, Outlandous d’Amour, the group’s entire catalogue will be overhauled in 2018.
So far no release date has been announced.
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