Sting Reflects On His High Tension With The Police Drummer Stewart Copeland
Sting recently confessed in an interview with Mirror that he was a ‘benign dictator’ when he was the frontman of The Police. In the same interview, he addressed the tension between him and the band members and revealed that it was mainly with the band’s drummer, Stewart Copeland.
Before his success with his solo journey, Sting achieved recognition with The Police. They gained such momentum as a band they reached the peak of their career together. From 1977 to 1986, the band rose to fame, and almost every song they released, often written by Sying, became a hit.
After reaching ultimate success, they decided to disband and pursue solo careers to see if they could establish the same success independently. Perhaps, the ‘wonder’ was not the only reason they decided not to work with each other anymore.
In his recent interview with the Mirror, Sting addressed some of the tensions between him and the other band members, mainly inflicted by their egos. There was especially tension between him and Stewart because they both gave extreme importance to their work, which was also reflected in their attitudes.
Here is how Sting addressed the tension:
“In this band, I was not an easy bunny at all. It was tough because all of the old struggles came to the surface again, but we managed to get through that. That was the energy that drove the band, it was this tension. It was just a struggle, mainly between me and Stuart, it doesn’t mean we don’t love each other. We do. But we care passionately about what we’re doing.”
During the same interview, the singer also mentioned that he was a ‘benign dictator‘ in the band. This brings up the topic of the ‘ego wars’ since Sting was the band’s primary songwriter and was also making the decisions, acting as the leader. Naturally, this annoyed the other members and possibly instigated the tensions.