Sting on The Police’s 2007 Reunion: “It was hard because the power struggles were still very apparent” – 2022

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I don’t think any grown man can be in a band actually.

“A band is a teenage gang. Who wants to be in a teenage gang when you’re knocking 70? It doesn’t allow you to evolve.

“You have to obey the rules and the gestalt of the band. As much as I love the Stones and AC/DC, it’s hard to see growth in their music.

“For me, the band was merely a vehicle for the songs and not the other way round.”

On his 1985 solo debut album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles:

Both Andy and Stewart had made albums without me so it was my right too.

“I recruited a band from the jazz world and I was lucky it was a hit.

“I have no idea what would have happened if it hadn’t been a hit.

“Would I have gone back to the band and eaten humble pie? I hope not.”

On The Police’s 2007 Reunion Tour:

It was hugely successful but I wouldn’t do it again. That would be a bridge too far.

“It was hard because the power struggles were still very apparent but we got through it and people loved it, they really did…

“We always communicate on birthdays. We have separate lives but it’s very cordial. I’m very grateful for those guys and their immense talent, and their patience with me. I love them.”