Stewart Copeland Shares How The Beatles Inspired The Police
The Police drummer Stewart Copeland expressed his thoughts about one of their upcoming reissue projects during his recent conversation with Darren Paltrowitz. Also, Copeland unveiled how The Beatles influenced them for their project, along with the other bands that inspired him.
In 1977, The Police started The Police Around the World Tour, which lasted three years to promote their ‘Outlandos d’Amour,’ ‘Reggatta de Blanc,’ and ‘Zenyatta Mondatta.’ Also, the band released footage from their concerts in their ‘Around The World’ documentary, which became very popular among their dedicated fans. Decades later from the original release, The Police members announced the documentary’s reissue version.
The latest project, including restored pictures and remastered audio, will be out on May 20, 2022, and the longtime fanbase got very excited about the work. In his interview, the host wanted to know whether this documentary drove him crazy as a person who’s interested in creating new things all the time. Copeland stated that he enjoyed the process, and his ideas about their older works changed a lot thanks to ‘The Beatles: Get Back,’ a documentary series by Peter Jackson.
The drummer stated that initially, they thought that the fans didn’t wish to listen to imperfections or demo versions of their final creations for years. However, after realizing that he loved discovering early Beatles works as a fan, Copeland highlighted that this series inspired him to share their original records. He added that he learned many things from Tool, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Primus regarding the benefits of being vulnerable to their audience.
When asked about doing projects about his legacy, Copeland said:
“They don’t drive me crazy at all. I quite like them. We have had a kind of a change of heart partly because of The Beatles movie. Also, a lot of my friends were sixteen during my glory days, the bands like Tool, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Primus. All the bands of that era I have learned from those youngsters. They’ve discovered that their fans don’t need them to be pristine. We made our records as perfect as we could. We don’t want or haven’t wanted people to see behind the curtain and to have other versions that are lesser out there.
So that’s been our banned ethos. We have been very stingy with releasing stuff. But right after seeing The Beatles movie as a fan of the Beatles. The Beatles before whom I bow and scrape. Their stature is enhanced by being able to see the process by learning, by seeing behind the curtains, demos, the imperfect versions. As a fan, I love all that stuff. I want to see more of that, not less. We’re having a change of heart about all that stuff that we’ve been hiding and hoarding with the view to maintaining the perfection are the original releases.”
You can check out the interview below.