In 1978 a British new wave rock band would hit the scene and forever change the course of rock and roll.  With their debut album “Outlandos d’Amour” featuring the now iconic rock classic “Roxanne,” The Police brought a completely different sound to the rock and roll masses with the infusion of  jazz and reggae rhythms into  their songs.  The band would continue on with a successful career selling over 75 million albums culminating with the 1983 release of what would be their final studio record “Synchronicity.”  The record spawned the radio standard “Every Breath You Take” and the subsequent tour would be the hottest ticket around with fans clamoring for tickets to sold out shows and radio personalities attempting crazy stunts to convince The Police to add their town to the tour. 

 

While Sting may have gotten the most attention as the vocalist of the band, it was guitarist Andy Summers who was quietly leading the charge with his outstanding riffs and unique tones. After The Police disbanded, Andy has gone on to have a tremendous solo career of his own and has just released his 14th solo album “Triboluminescence.”  The record is a follow up to the sounds that began with 2015’s “Metal Dog” and his “new exotic” musical form with expanded tones, effects, and true experimentation and layering of sounds.  BackstageAxxess had the rare opportunity to chat with Andy about the making of the new album as well as his other creative passion, photography, and find out his thoughts on the possibility of The Police reuniting for their 40th anniversary.  Please join us for a conversation with the gifted and talented Andy Summers.

We would like to thank Amanda Cagan from ABC public Relations for setting up the interview with Andy. For more information on the new CD “Triboluminescence,” please go to:  Andy Summers.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.