The Internets are abuzz today with news that Sting will be taking time out from his busy schedule of lute playing, tantric sex, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip cameos to hook up with his former Police squad, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland, at the Grammys on Feb. 11. Yay. (Kudos to the Grammy folks for bringing this band back together, by the way, just as they orchestrated the Great Simon & Garfunkel Warm Fuzz-A-Thon back in 2003. It’s nice to see the Grammys broadening their scope and getting into the diplomacy game. Maybe next year they’ll have George W. Bush and Jacques Chirac kiss and make up on the show.)
But there still remains the question—raised by Whitney Pastorek in this space earlier this month—of whether this Police performance portends a full-blown 30th Anniversary concert tour this summer. In the weeks since PopWatch last reported on this matter, old Gordo fanned the fan flames when he reportedly gave his old mates a shout-out at an L.A. concert (he played the lute, duh), when he told a gaggle of TV reporters that he and the fellas were “talking about” somehow commemorating the 30th birthday of their first single, and when he apparently hosted Andy and Stewie at a party for his wife, Trudie, in Malibu. In other words, dandy as today’s Grammy announcement is, it’s actually nothing too earthshaking. After all, the Police reunited four years ago for a quick set at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.No, what we’re looking for is an honest-to-God reunion tour—something that stands to be one of the hottest concert tickets in years, considering the band’s brief time together, way back when (they released just five albums between 1978 and 1983). I mean, we do want to sip some Tea in the Sahara with them again, right?