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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea: ‘The Police Don’t Move Me’

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.”

Andy Summers Recalls Classic Police Shows In NYC: ‘It Was A Glorious Moment, That Went By In A Blur’

Yours truly was lucky to interview one of my fav all-time rock guitarists, Andy Summers of the Police (for both Songfacts and LI Pulse), who has a new solo album out (Metal Dog), as well as a must-see documentary (Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police). Here are a couple questions/answers that were left on the cutting room floor…until now!

The Police performed at three of New York’s most renowned rock venues – CBGB’s, Madison Square Garden, and Shea Stadium.
Well, CBGB’s was significant. We were pretty much immersed in the punk scene in London at that period, and CBGB’s – even in the UK – was legendary. It was like the mecca of punk. To get a gig there was almost like the stamp of approval or the stamp of authenticity. It was also huge fun for us, to finally get a gig in the US, and play at this grungy little club in downtown New York. But the reality was we went on stage at about 12:30 at night. Sting and I had flown in from the UK, went straight to the club, tuned up, played, beat the audience into a pulp, and it went down a storm. Then we did a second set at about 2:30 in the morning, and we were absolutely exhilarated by the experience. Shea Stadium is of course, the absolute opposite end – seven or eight years later, when we were #1 all over the world. In a way, playing Shea Stadium was like the pinnacle moment of the band’s existence. Where we were “it,” clearly. It was a glorious moment, that went by in a blur.

Now that it’s been a few years since the 2007/2008 Police reunion tour, what are your thoughts on it now?
It was fabulous. It was an incredibly successful tour. It was great to just get out and play to that many people again. And make people happy. So many people were thrilled to see us doing those shows. It was a lovely time.

For more Andy, click your clicker here.

Photo by Watal Asanuma. Courtesy of Taschen.

Andy Summers’ Police Update: “We’re All Completely Connected”

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.

Andy Summers Remembers How He Saved A Police Song He Isn’t Credited As Writing

I recently had the good fortune to interview Police guitarist Andy Summers for the Songfacts site, and learned quite a few interesting tidbits, including that although Sting is listed as the sole author of the group’s biggest hit, “Every Breath You Take,” it was Mr. Summers who saved the day by providing the song’s classic guitar part:

“We had a vocal – a rough vocal, probably – so everyone knew what the song was, and finally, Stewart [Copeland] and Sting agreed on the drum and bass pattern. But no one could agree on anything else until I went in and just played that guitar part – almost in one go, one take. Everybody was thrilled with it, and that was it. That’s what put the icing on the cake and made the song. It sure didn’t start off like that.”

Also discussed was a Police instrumental penned entirely by Summers, “Behind My Camel,” which won “Best Rock Instrumental Performance” at the 1982 Grammy Awards:

“I was thinking about something that was sort of edgy. Like a horror movie. [Laughs] I wanted something with a lot of atmosphere. But it wasn’t jazz, it was almost like movie music. I wrote a lot of music like that. It was almost like a blues in a way. A Middle Eastern blues.”

And perhaps most surprisingly, it turns out that the guitarist is a major fan of the metal band King’s X:

“A few years ago I discovered them, and God, this is a great band! They’ve got an incredible feel. They’ve got the best kind of bluesy rock – they’ve got so much feel. They rock and they really swing, as well. Great voice, the guitar player’s great. I don’t know why they’re not huge, that band. I guess they’ve done OK.”

Summers recently released a new, all-instrumental solo album, Metal Dog, as well as a fascinating documentary of his years as a Police-man, Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police, of which the trailer can be viewed below, and you can read the rest of the interview right here.

Photo by Watal Asanuma. Courtsey of Taschen.