It's got to have been tough for the other members of The Police.
Just think about it. While The Police lead singer Sting cruises around saving rainforests in a yoga-powered Earth-healing travel-pod, fellow band refugees Stuart Copeland and Andy Summers probably haven't had anything better to do than hang around the '3 for £10' section in HMV hoping that someone recognises them.
This must be made all the more heartbreaking by the fact that – before pursuing solo projects – The Police never actually officially 'split'. No – they simply dwindled into obscurity and irrelevance like a ninth-season X-Files episode. So … it seems fair to say that Sting may have had to put up with the odd pestering phone call about 'getting the guys back together.'
Well, it looks like they've lucked in. The Police will be cobbled together one more time at the upcoming Grammy Awards in LA next month, in order to treat the audience to a rendition of hits like Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Message In A Bottle and… um… all the other ones that we're a bit too young to remember.
According to music journalist Chris Salmon:
''There are definitely some bands who said they wouldn't reform until hell freezes over and The Police were one of those bands. I don't think anyone who likes them or loves them would have considered this would happen. It's 30 years since The Police formed – and that anniversary gives you a bit of an excuse.I suppose people start to think about legacy and Sting perhaps wants people to remember he's not this bland tantric sex-lover, and that he once fronted this amazing rock group."
All of which would be very excitin' and that … if The Police hadn't taken part in another 'spectacular' reunion as recently as four years ago. Kind of like being 'surprised' when a new James Bond film is announced, really.
Having said that, maybe Sting has gone even further and – in honour of this get-together – actually undergone police training and enlisted as a real-life law-enforcer. Maybe he could halt the Grammys halfway through, only to walk over to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and arrest them all on charges of Being Crushingly Mediocre In Public.
If he did that? We forgive that Fields Of Gold bollocks in a second.