Sting Admits Leaving The Police Was A Big Risk

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Sting talked about his career as The Police frontman by drawing attention to the band’s huge success and popularity back then in Rick Beato’s latest hour-long interview. The famous singer also revealed that he knew pursuing a solo career after The Police was a very big risk.

The Police was considered as a milestone band both for the British new wave scene and the rock music genre itself. The band gained great fame and commercial success with the help of their punk, reggae, and jazz-influenced songs during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Police members received very positive reviews from rock music lovers and critics shortly after the band released their debut studio album entitled ‘Outlandos d’Amour’ on November 2, 1978.

The first album’s success and popularity were followed by four studio albums, which almost all of them hit the charts and were listened to a lot. In addition, The Police’s world tours drew great attention and millions of people described their experiences as one of the best days of their lives. The band’s frontman Sting stated that they were so successful that they thought it was their ‘Everest’ so they needed to try new things.

In 1986, The Police members decided to pursue solo careers so they didn’t reunite except for special tours and events. Sting admitted that starting a career as a solo musician was a huge risk but according to the singer, ‘the art is about taking risks.’ He added the band’s popularity helped him promote his solo works and he proved that he could preserve his fame after his debut solo studio album entitled ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles’ received critical acclaim.

In Sting’s words, he said:

“My instinct was that we’d achieved everything we could have thought to achieve, tenfold… 100 fold. After that, you get diminishing returns of satisfaction. So I needed to take another risk with my life. Of course, I had momentum because of the success of The Police. Whatever I did next, people would be at least curious. So I used that momentum to boost me into another career.

However, it was a risk. I think art is always about taking a risk. If you’re not taking a risk, you’re not doing it.

You can check out the interview below.