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Andy Summers says Police reunion remains an 'open door’

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Although Andy Summers doesn't see the Police reforming for the still-unannounced 2017 "Desert Trip" concert, as has been rumored -- the guitarist is more than open to future team-ups with Sting and Stewart Copeland.

The Police's 2007-2008 reunion tour spanned 158 shows, played to 921,000 paying customers, and earned the band a $297 million gross. They last performed together on August 7th, 2008 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Summers told us that although a "Desert Trip" reunion isn't in the cards -- he'd be the first to sign on: "I don't think so. I don't think it's gonna happen. It'd be great! I would do it, why not? I mean, it's just down the road from me (laughs), I live in California. Y'know, when they offer you $9 million to go and play for an hour, you go: 'I might wanna do that (laughs).' No, it would be brilliant. We never did Coachella or anything like that; suppose we coulda done. We'll see what happens. Y'know, everybody says -- 'Oh are you gonna play again? Are you gonna play again?' -- it's just an open door. It changes all the time. Who knows what might become possible."

One thing is for certain, in celebration of the band's 30th anniversary of its debut album, Outlandos d'Amour, a major overhaul of the Police catalogue will be unleashed on the public: "I think next year's gonna see all of that. It's gonna be a huge repackaging and re-selling of everything next year, yeah. Usually we're all consulted about everything. Sometimes stuff comes out and we didn't get consulted and we get upset about it. It's a fun little mix of all that stuff.”

Last month, Andy Summers released his 14th solo album titled, Triboluminescence. The set, which follows 2015's Metal Dog collection, touches upon Summers' vast experience with world music genres, with the title track, featuring, "exotic, looping Indonesian Gamelan-like sounds that evoke the feeling of being in a village in Bali.”

Fast Facts:

Over the course of his career in the Police, Andy Summers wrote and/or co-wrote a total of 14 songs: "Be My Girl – Sally," "Reggatta de Blanc," "Dead End Job," "Deathwish," "Friends," "Shambelle," "Behind My Camel," "Flexible Strategies," "Omegaman," "How Stupid Mr. Bates," "A Kind of Loving,"  "Someone to Talk To," "Once Upon A Daydream," "Mother," and "Murder By Numbers.”

Did you know?

Although none of Andy Summers' Police songs were released as singles, his 1980 Zenyatta Mondatta album track "Behind My Camel" snagged the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, beating out Rush's "YYZ," among others.

Side Notes:

Recently released is the DVD and Blu-ray release of Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police by editor/director Andy Grieveis, which is based on Andy Summers' 2006 memoir, One Train Later.

The doc features the guitarist reading passages from the book throughout the film as well as featuring over 25,000 photo stills he shot of the Police, both on and off the road.

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