The Police - Concert information

[Updated: August 19, 2001]

04-06-1977 / London / The Marquee / UK
Andy Summers attended this show: "I thought there was fantastic potential in the band - in Sting and Stewart anyway. I could see they were really good musicians with something to offer, but they'd put themselves into something that didn't really suit them, and I felt they weren't bringing it off in a manner that was convincing to me. The real punk bands came off as being more authentic, but at the same time there was definitely great potential there. They were selling themselves short in a way and they were obviously capable of a lot more, but at the time there was a lot of pressure - things changed overnight - and if you didn't look like that or play like that ... They were playing faster and harder than anybody else and they were almost losing the audience because of it. But when we'd got together with Mike Howlett, we jammed a lot, so I knew what else they could do. I found it really exciting and I thought, 'Jesus Christ, this is what I've been looking for ages.' I'd always wanted to play in a three-piece band and throughout all my years of playing I never had, and at that point I'd just been playing behind people all the time and I was getting pretty frustrated with it. Then I saw these two and I felt that the three of us together would be very strong. They just needed another guitarist and I thought I was the one" (Melody Maker; 02-12-1978).

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