Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea discussed no longer enjoying listening to The Police and Sting in a new interview with Marc Maron, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.
“You know it’s funny for me, I like him fine, he’s great, but it’s a weird thing for me. When I was young I loved The Police. Around the time when I started playing rock bass too, I really loved The Police, but it’s the one band that just – and it’s really the only band, like any band I listen to, I go put on the record, and I love it as much as when I was 15 or 20 or whenever. But I put on The Police, and I got the greatest hits, and I finally [went to] put it on.”
“It didn’t hold up for you.”
“It’s the only band ever, and I still know it’s good, like the craftsmanship is good, it seems good, but I don’t know, it’s weird. People think I’m a moron.”
“For me he’s one of those guys, he’s a really good musician, without a doubt. He’s a great musician, he’s willing to try lots of different stuff. It’s just, I don’t cry, I don’t get moved, but I respect it, I just don’t get moved.”
Pearl Jam were interviewed shortly before their performance (which you can watch here) on The Last Show with Stephen Colbert last night, and Alternative Nation recapped the interview. Colbert joked with the band about Beyonce potentially influencing Stone Gossard, and the band discussed how U2 influenced their charity work. Pearl Jam showed up in promotion for the upcoming environment friendly, Global Citizens Festival that takes place this weekend. Eddie Vedder said that it was the first time they’ve done the Global Citizens Fest but have been supportive of the festival since its inception.
Stephen then asked why activism is so important to them, especially since they peaked during a decade when the economy was good and the world wasn’t at war for nine years. Eddie said that it goes back to them as children and punk rock teaching them about certain issues. Eddie mentioned that he learned of Amnesty International from Sting, U2 and Peter Gabriel and that you end up in a situation where you can use your music to bring change. Including tangible changes such as making touring carbon neutral, building skate parks, free innocent people from prisons, among other things.
Colbert also brought up the Ticketmaster fiasco and then said: “In order to get tickets to the festival, you have to do good deeds to help reduce global poverty, would that be something you would fight Ticketmaster over?”
The band just laughed.
Finally Colbert said “You are known for your stripped down. no frills look and attitude, but Beyonce, who brings more glitz and glamour will be there. Will any of you pull a Sasha Fierce? Because Stone Gossard sounds like a made up name already.”
The band once again was ripping with laughter, same with the audience.
When I recently chatted with Police guitarist Andy Summers for Long Island Pulse, we touched upon quite a few topics, including his band new all-instrumental solo album, Metal Dog, as well as the must-see Police documentary, Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police.
But most interesting, was the following update regarding the future of the Police:
LI Pulse: Are you still on good terms with the other Police members?
Andy Summers: Yeah. I saw Stewart [Copeland] last week. There’s always stuff. The band, or “the brand,” continues forever. We always have to make some decision about something. The relationship doesn’t go away. Stewart lives close to me in LA; we’re more likely to see each other than Sting…I’m not sure where he is. But we’re all completely connected.
To read the rest of the interview (including additional Police tidbits), click your clicker here.