Copeland tells Talking Heads, The Smiths to reform

Police drummer Stewart Copeland has opened up in an interview with about The Police, as well as drawing from his own experiences to advise the Talking Heads and The Smiths to ignore their sensible reasons for not getting back together and just go for it.

He told the website: "In most bands that I know, and certainly my own band, you have a real bond with your band members. Love them or hate them, there's a bond. We in the Police found and slayed a lot of dragons. We really put a lot of misconceptions about each other and ourselves to rest. We conquered the world together, same as Talking Heads. They have had a big part in each others' lives and wouldn't it be great if they all got along? It's like burying the hatchet".

He then went on to discuss The Smiths: "I don't know anything about the Smiths, but yes [they should reform]. It isn't any act of courage to not do it. What quality does it take to say no to something like that?"

The question on everyone's lips, though, is will The Police play any more shows? "The Police, as I've said, are each a bitter pill the other must swallow and yet the medication is very effective", he concludes. "This therapy I would recommend to be administered I'd say every 20 years."

That's a 'no', then.

You can read the full interview here.

Chris Barnes

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