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Stewart Copeland hints at further Police reunions

Story by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ACCORDING to reports, Stewart Copeland, drummer with the rock band The Police, has refused to rule out a further reunion with fellow band members Sting and Andy Summers.

The group enjoyed a successful world tour in 2007, an experience Copeland described as “great”. But perhaps fans shouldn’t hold their breath. Now aged 56, he also said: “I’d recommend that every artist should do it every 20 years. So call me in 20 years.”

However, with its 150 shows playing to three million people over a period of 14 months, it became the top-earning tour of 2007 and made a staggering £181 million ($350 million).

The Police were hugely popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s and had a string of hits, including Roxanne, Can’t Stand Losing You, Message in a Bottle, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic and Synchronicity II.

Away from The Police, Copeland has recently finished composing the score for Ben Hur Live which receives its world premiere at London’s O2 Arena this September.

He descibed the score, which took him just 11 weeks to write, as a “no-brainer… music mixed with media, some thrashing drums with an ethnic element, a Middle Eastern feel.”

Although American born, Copeland spent his early life in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, circumstances that have greatly influenced his composition work.

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