After The Police, Stewart Copeland feels lovely

Fri Oct 9, 2009 12:58pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police, has always had a few choice, four-letter words for his bandmate Sting. And while that is not news for fans of the 1980's megagroup, his new word may be. It is "love."

Well, "Strange Things Happen," which is the title of Copeland's new autobiography. It spans his 57 years from learning to beat on drums to The Police reunion of 2007/2008.

Still, Copeland being who he is and his relationship with the bassist he calls "Stingo" being what it is, the idea of love is not arrived at easily. In fact, it is preceded by words like "claw" at his mate's neck or worse, "murder" him.

"The Police is not a cozy place. We push and prod and challenge each other. We rattle each other's cage," Copeland told Reuters.

Yet, he is quick to explain that all the conflict that led to their bitter breakup 20 years ago is not rooted in the sort of deep-seated animosity that fans may assume, given their history. Rather, they are artists who often have different visions but who share the same passion for music.

Born of the creative need to get their songs right, The Police ushered into the musical arena their own blend of reggae- and punk-infused pop hits such as "Roxanne," "Message in a Bottle" and "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic."

"I don't think there is anything to hide in the story I have to tell," Copeland said. "I think it's pretty clear to the reader, the love and respect I have for my two colleagues. (Sting and Andy Summers on guitar)

"I use some pretty colorful language to describe them because they are pretty colorful characters."   Continued...

<p>Drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police performs during his band's farewell concert at Madison Square Garden in New York August 7, 2008. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>