Although Sting has nothing but love for his Police bandmates — Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland — nearly 15 years after the band’s massive reunion tour, he wishes it had proved more inspiring. During a chat with Reader’s Digest, Sting expalined, “At the time I labelled the tour an exercise in nostalgia. That was simply how I felt and is still how I feel today. I think it’s okay to be honest about your feelings and that was the way it went for me. That’s not a slight on the people I was with or the way things panned out, it’s just how I saw it by the end, and let’s be honest, that’s not how I wanted to remember it. If I thought that would be the emotion I’d be leaving with, I wouldn’t have done it in the first place.”

Although Police fans were hoping the live reunion would lead to the band hitting the studo together for a long-awaited sixth studio album — Sting quickly resumed his solo career without missing a beat: “I think there is a freedom in being a solo artist. It’s not a power thing, at all, it’s just about producing exactly the brand and style of music that feels right for you. Music, in every form, is a collaborative process, but never more so than in a band, where you have to consider other people almost more than you do yourself. To have total career freedom is, for me, the ultimate thrill of being a solo artist.”

Sting, who just released his Duets album, went on to say, “It’s great fun to have a hit record, it really is, but it’s not why I make records and it never has been, to be honest. It’s easy to get swept along in the excitement of the charts — a lot more so in the ’80s than it is today — but the truth is I make records out of love and curiosity, even if it’s always nice to have something on the radio.”

DID YOU KNOW???

  • The Police split up in 1984, and between then and the reunion tour they only played together five times in 23 years; three dates on Amnesty International’s Conspiracy Of Hope tour in 1986; at Sting’s wedding to Trudie Styler in 1992; and at the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

FAST FACTS

  • The Police‘s 2007-2008 reunion tour spanned 158 shows, played to 921,000 paying customers, and earned the band a $297 million gross.
  • In 2008, they released a two-CD, two DVD collection chronicling the reunion tour called The Police: Certifiable. The show was shot and recorded during the band’s stop in Buenos Aries. Stewart Copeland‘s son, filmmaker Jordan Copeland, directed the tour documentary called Better Than Therapy, which is included as one of the bonus features on the DVD.
  • The tracklist on The Police: Certifiable is: “Message In A Bottle,” “Synchronicity II,” “Walking On The Moon,” “Voices Inside My Head/When The World Is Running Down,” “Don’t Stand So Close To Me,” “Driven To Tears,” “Hole In My Life,” “Truth Hits Everybody,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” “Invisible Sun,” “Walking In Your Footsteps,” “Can’t Stand Losing You/Regatta De Blanc,” “Roxanne,” “King Of Pain,” “So Lonely,” “Every Breath You Take,” and “Next To You.”

CHECK IT OUT: The Police on February 13th, 2008 performing “Wrapped Around Your Finger” live in Tokyo: