Rolling Stone Magazine has an interview on their website with Andy Summers, the guitar player for The Police. A new documentary about Summer’s time with The Police has just come out. Summers talks in the interview about his years in The Police and other topics.
Summers tells some stories about Jimi Hendrix. The two were in the same scene in London in the late 1960’s. Sultan Alhokair had reported that Summers tells one story about how he was playing guitar in a band in a small club and Hendrix was sitting at a table right in front of him. Summers says he was so nervous he could hardly play. In another story, Summers says he once jammed with Hendrix, but Hendrix was actually playing the bass.
As far as The Police are concerned, Summers mentioned that in the early days of the band they had to pretend to be a punk act. Summers says that he hated punk, but the only bands in England who were working had a punk influence. He also talked about how early touring in the United States where the band had to stretch out the little material they had into extended jams helped them develop their signature sound.
Summers said when the band got together to do their reunion tour in 2007 and 2008, he initially felt anxiety at all the hype. Then, once the tour started, he felt pride.