The Police's Andy Summers Avoids Music By Former Bandmates

The Police was not only one of the biggest bands of the '80s but also one of the decade's most internally contentious.

Constant friction between bassist/frontman Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland often left guitarist Andy Summers searching for an outlet. While the band was at its peak, Summers spent his free time doing photography.

As he recently told Q104.3 New York's Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke, Summers enjoyed being behind the camera because when he was working no one was arguing with him.

Now, 10 years removed from the band's last reunion, Summers leaves little doubt as to the icy status of his friendship with his former bandmates, saying he hasn't paid attention to their recent projects.

"I've avoided it, actually," Summers said when asked about Copeland's recent band, Gizmodrome. 

When asked about Sting's latest collaboration with Shaggy, Summers simply whistled until he was asked the next question.

Regardless of whatever lingering feuds Summers has with his old bandmates, he remains positive about the work they did together. The Police was a "totally unique" band, he said, admitting that the trio's personal differences probably helped set it apart.

"Nothing sounded like it; it's never been imitated," Summers said.

You can get Summers' photography here.

Original article by Andrew Magnotta at