The Police’s Stewart Copeland On His Current Relationship With Sting
The Police drummer Stewart Copeland recently joined Vintage Rock Pod for an interview, in which he reflected on whether he stays in touch with his former bandmate Sting.
It would be fair to say that the Police dominated the music scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s with their distinctive new wave sound blended with punk, reggae, and jazz. Starting their career with a strong debut, ‘Outlandos d’Amour,’ the band’s follow-up albums brought them further critical and commercial success and produced many hit songs, topping the charts in their home country, the UK, and other countries across the world.
Although they seemed to enjoy their tremendous success, the Police members made a surprising decision and parted ways in 1986 due to the tensions among band members. Years later, in 2007, the band reunited and embarked on a massively successful reunion tour. As the Police is undoubtedly one of the milestones in each member’s career, they get to be asked about it in almost every interview. In his recent appearance, the host asked Stewart Copeland about his current relationship with Sting and Andy Summers.
The drummer stated that they’ve always been in touch despite all the conflicts they had in the past. They either send each other memes from the internet or discuss their businesses. Copeland also highlighted that they are all aware of their mistakes in the band, so they don’t go back to the same topics repeatedly. They have accepted that they all have distinct characters, leading them to share different musical ideas.
When asked about whether he regularly chats with the other Police members, Stewart Copeland replied:
“Absolutely. We send each other dumb memes from the internet. Causally, there is the business to discuss, an album release or rerelease, or whatever. So yes, we are in touch. We all understand why we fought, and we don’t need to go there. We are not birds of a feather, even though we shared so many life experiences together. Music has a different function and each of our lives. Not just what music to make, how to make it, but why to make it in the first place and what music is for.”
You can watch the rest of the interview below.