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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Police To Reunite For The Grammy's

Sting and the Police will reunite at Grammy Awards ceremony next week

NEW YORK (AP) - The Police will reunite to perform at this year's
Grammys ceremony, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday.
The award-winning group, which won five Grammys and turned out hits such as
"Roxanne" and "Every Breath You Take," will open the event - 23 years after
breaking up amid internal conflict. The band - singer Sting, drummer Stewart
Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers - fused reggae with pop and rock, and last
performed together in 2003 when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame.

The Police Confirm Grammy Reunion Performance

After weeks of speculation, the Police confirmed today (Jan. 30) that it will
reunite to open the 49th annual Grammy Awards Feb. 11 at the Staples Center in
Los Angeles. The group has not performed live since its 2003 induction into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the Grammy appearance is widely expected to kick
off a year's worth of reunion shows throughout the world.
Last week, Vancouver radio station CFMI reported Sting, Andy Summers and
Stewart Copeland had ensconced themselves at the city's Lions Gate Studios to
rehearse for the Grammys.

The Police

The Police were founded by American-born drummer Stewart Copeland in
early 1977. After the demise of his progressive rock band Curved Air, Copeland
was anxious to form a new three-piece group and join the burgeoning London
punk scene. Singer-bassist Sting and guitarist Henry Padovani began rehearsing
with Copeland in January 1977, and they recorded their first Police single, "Fall
Out"/"Nothing Achieving," the following month. In March and April, the
threesome toured as a support act for Cherry Vanilla as well as Wayne County &
the Electric Chairs.


Gordon Sumner was born in Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne in
northeast England, to Audrey Cowell and her husband, Ernest Sumner. He is the
eldest of four children and has a brother, Philip, and two sisters, Angela and
Anita. His father managed a dairy, and as a boy Sumner would often assist him
with the early morning milk delivery rounds. Sumner was raised in the Roman
Catholic tradition, due to the influence of his paternal grandmother, who was
from an Irish family.
Sumner attended St. Cuthbert's Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne, and
then the University of Warwick, but did not graduate. During this time, he would
often sneak into nightclubs like the Club-A-Go-Go. Here he would watch acts like
Jack Bruce and Jimi Hendrix who would later influence his music. After jobs as a
bus conductor, a construction labourer, and a tax officer, he attended Northern
Counties Teachers' Training College, which later became part of Northumbria
University, from 1971 to 1974. He then worked as a teacher at St. Paul's First
School in Cramlington for two years.

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