The Police staying off the beat

The Police get “cold shakes” at the thought of reforming, drummer Stewart Copeland says, insisting the trio have no plans to get back together again.

Copeland, bassist and vocalist Sting plus guitarist Andy Summers reunited for a mammoth 16-month world tour in 2007 and 2008 to mark the 30th anniversary of their first single.

Copeland said the group felt they had shown rock at its best and were happy to leave it at that for now.

The American said there were no plans to team up again.

“We all get the cold shakes thinking about that,” the 57-year-old said

“We had a great time, it was a fantastic tour and it was just perfect.

“We were able to appreciate our own music in a whole new way. We saw that it’s not about a new song, it’s the power that a song that’s been around for 25 years has. You could see people weeping in the front rows, and that got us all choked up.”

The Police’s classic hits from their 1977 to 1984 time together include Roxanne, Message in a Bottle, Walking on the Moon, Don’t Stand So Close to Me, De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da and Every Breath You Take.

The reunion tour took them four times across North America, twice through Europe, round South America and through the Asia-Pacific region.

Some estimates say the tour was one of the highest-grossing of all time, with revenues well over $300-million.

“By the end of the tour we were very proud of ourselves. It took us a while to really get our sound back,” Copeland said.

“When we conquered the world we were 25 and we played every night, honing, developing and growing. This time when we went on the stage, Godhead was expected of us from day one.

“Fortunately the songs have such power that they were great shows, but actually within ourselves, the feeling that we were a great band and that we really were locking and we were on that buzz that we had back then, took a little while to arrive at.

“But by the end of the tour, when we played London’s Hyde Park, we really felt like this is how it’s done.

“All the competition, every musician in the city was there in the wings and true or not, call us arrogant, but we felt as if we were showing them how it’s done.”

And with that, the band are happy to close the book.

“For now, yes. Who knows about the future?” the drummer said.

Copeland has composed the score for Ben Hur Live, a touring, epic arena spectacular that gets its world premiere in London this week.

The musician will also narrate the London performances.

“I’ve played arenas and I’ve scored films and I’ve written grand opera, but not all in one place,” Copeland said.

“The Police show is two hours of hard, hard physical labour and they drag me off the stage limp, spent.

“Here I walk off hardly having broken a sweat. It’s a big show and it has the same vibe and everything about it, only I’m not soaking wet and not comatose with physical exhaustion.” — AFP

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