Oh, NME! We almost love you enough to take you seriously. When they’re not bullshitting their average readers, they’re…bullshitting their average readers. One golden headline appeared yesterday reading, “The Police set for more reunion shows?” Of course, any self respecting fan of The Police would salivate at such a headline — if it were on, say, Rolling Stone‘s website. Considering we’re on the topic, let’s see what the big fuss is all about.
While promoting his recent soundtrack for the upcoming stage show, Ben Hur Live, drummer Stewart Copeland commented on the recent reunion with The Police, which came to an end last August, and jokingly suggested, “I’d recommend that every artist should do it every 20 years. So call me in 20 years.”
Oh yeah, a seventy-five year old Copeland hitting drums to “Message in the Bottle”, not to mention Andy Summers on guitar (who’d be pushing ninety by then) — that‘s gonna happen. It’s called sarcasm, it’s called a joke. It’s not called news.
Though to be fair, NME isn’t all to blame. The story did originally come from BBC News, who sported the tamer, more realistic headline, “Police star hints of more to come.” Still, it’s all misleading, and one hell of an example in speculative journalism. Shame on you, BBC.
For those interested, Ben Hur Live debuts in London this September. Featuring live chariot races and Copeland’s stunning instrumentals, this should be one hell of a show. As for his former band mates, Sting has already started up his “solo thing”, and will perform at the Québec City Summer Festival in Canada come July 18th. Also in Canada will be Andy Summers, promoting his new book, Desirer Walks the Streets. Summers will be discussing his book in a panel at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario on June 6th.
What’s this? Two Police members in Canada? Could this be a repeat?