Sting has completely ruled out reforming the Police again, saying 2007’s live reunion was a one-off and “purely an exercise in nostalgia.”
The singer, who reunited with original Police band members Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland for the group’s 30th anniversary, now says it’s not something he feels a need to do again.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Sting explained, “I had an instinct that it was the right time to realise that asset, and I was right. But it wasn’t easy … I won’t do it again. But I don’t need to. I’ve done it now.”
Sting — about to embark on a tour playing orchestral versions of his back catalogue — also commented that although the Police reunion worked at the time, he could see no future in it.
“There was nothing new in it, no new songs, no new energy, no desire to take that as a platform and move somewhere else. It was purely an exercise in nostalgia,” the singer criticised.
He also said that he had noticed, “People reacting to the Police coming back as if mum and dad had got together, you could see that emotion in the audience,” before he reasoned, “But who really wants to go and live with the wife you divorced?”
Sting, who still plays reworked versions of Police hits like ‘Roxanne’ is to tour the UK from Oct. 1, starting with two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
A new album ‘Symphonicities’, based on his orchestral rearrangements, is out on July 19.