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Sting Upsets Anti-Drug Groups With Marijuana Stance

April 1st, 2010 9:10pm EDT
Sting has angered anti-drug groups by adding his name to the campaign to legalize marijuana in America.

As politicians in many states, including California, consider legalising pot, celebrities have come out in support of the suggested legislation.

And Sting wants America to spend the money it uses in the war on the drug on poverty and environmental issues instead.

In a post on his blog, the former Police singer writes, "The War on Drugs has failed - but it's worse than that. It is actively harming our society. Violent crime is thriving in the shadows to which the drug trade has been con...

Drum Solo: One On One With Snow Patrol's Jonny Quinn

November 6th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Snow Patrol pictures
Starpulse's Ashley Demma recently caught up with Snow Patrol drummer, Jonny Quinn, and the two talked about 'unsung heroes', influences, and what's next for the band...

Starpulse: So you've been drumming with Snow Patrol for nearly 15 years…why do you think it is that drummers are the "unsung heroes" of bands? You're the backbone of the band!

Jonny Quinn: I dunno! It takes work to be the drummer. We keep the beat. People forget about us.

Who are some of your favorite drummers who've influenced you?

JQ: Oh man, Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith), Louie Bellson, Stewart Copelan...

Matisyahu Announces Summer Tour With Les Claypool & Umphrey's McGee

May 6th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
Grammy-nominated artist Matisyahu will embark on an extensive summer tour beginning May 30, playing major festivals and co-headlining several shows in the South with Les Claypool and on the East Coast with Umphrey's McGee, including Central Park Summerstage on July 9.

Bass virtuoso Les Claypool is known for his seminal work with Primus, as well as a bevy of his own projects including Oysterhead (with Trey Anastasio of Phish, and The Police's Stewart Copeland) and The Frog Brigade. Umphrey's McGee, which has several critically acclaimed albums to its credit, is one of the most visible ...

The Police Finish Up Tour With Actual Police

August 8th, 2008 9:49am EDT
The Police
The Police took to the stage with actual cops at their final concert after the New York City Police Band appeared onstage with the rock trio to perform.

Singer and bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland stepped onstage to thunderous applause from the audience at New York's Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

They played a cover of the Cream song Sunshine Of Your Love, before being joined by around 20 drummers and musicians from New York's police band for a rousing rendition of their hit Message in a Bottle.

The uniformed officers sang along and ban...

A List of The Most Identifiable And Influential Drummers Of Our Time

July 16th, 2008 10:33am EDT
Keith Moon
Even though drummers are beat makers of a band, the recognition they often get is nothing compared to that of the lead singer and resident guitarist who both tend to attract the most attention at first. The best thing about drummers is that whatever band that they are in, they are uniquely appropriate for that particular band. For example, Ringo Starr's drumming is perfect for The Beatles, but his style would be considered unimaginable behind any Rolling Stones songs. Here's our thumbs up list to some cool Rock Drummers who we feel are immediately identifiable for their drumming techniqu...

The Police To Forest New York

May 7th, 2008 5:58pm EDT
The Police
Reunited rockers The Police have struck a deal with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to forest the Big Apple with proceeds from their last ever live date.

The trio and Bloomberg staged a press conference in Times Square on Tuesday to confirm the band's final concert ever will take place at an as-yet unnamed venue in the city.

Rainforest campaigner Sting used the press conference to announce that he and bandmates Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland will also contribute $1 million to Bloomberg's MillionTreesNYC initiative, a gift the city will match.

The $2 million windfal...

Notes & Quotes: Manning Marriage, Tisdale's 'Teen Witch,' Grammer Loses Pal & More

April 18th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Eli Manning
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning will wed his fiancee Abby McGrew in Mexico this weekend, according to reports. The sports star is reportedly planning a private ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. A family pal tells the New York Daily News, "It will be small, just friends and family." McGrew's father Tom recently confirmed the couple would wed "toward the end of April."

High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale is in negotiations to star in a remake of 1989 movie Teen Witch.

Paris Hilton and Good Charlotte rockers Joel and Benji Madden are set to celebrate the 50th anniver...

The Police Deny Plans For New Material

February 13th, 2008 10:11am EST
Veteran rockers The Police have disappointed fans by announcing they have no intention to record any more new material.

The British trio - who include Sting on vocals, Stewart Copeland on drums and guitarist Andy Summers - suspended work together in the mid-1980s amid reports of tensions within the group, but reformed last year for an extensive world tour - prompting speculation that concerts would be followed up by a new record.

However Andy Summers denies the band will be heading back to the recording studio - insisting they are only interested in performing their previous hit...

Sting To Ring In The New Year In Australia

December 28th, 2007 1:34pm EST
Rocker Sting is to celebrate the New Year in style, after splashing out thousands of dollars to treat his family to a cruise around Australia.

The singer - real name Gordon Sumner - whisked wife Trudie Styler and their four children Bridget, 23; Jake, 22; Eliot Paulina, 17; and Giacomo Luke, 12, to Sydney on Friday, where the family will be spending the New Year aboard the luxury Phoenix yacht.

And the Police frontman will certainly make the most of his earnings from the band's money-making reunion tour - the 114-foot yacht costs $33,600 -a-night and comes complete with two VIP ...

Stewart Copeland Apologizes To Chilean President

December 5th, 2007 8:30pm EST
Stewart Copeland
The Police drummer Stewart Copeland has apologized to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet for making derogatory comments about her. Copeland - who is currently on the South American leg of the band's reunion tour - was accused of disrespecting the country's first female leader by criticizing her looks, after he told Chile's Mercurio newspaper, "Look, the future President of Argentina would be good for one beer, yours (would be good) for four."

But in a letter to president, the 55-year-old insisted his words were taken out of context and urged her to join them at their gig in Santiago, ...

The Police Honored By France

October 1st, 2007 9:04am EDT
The Police
Reformed British rockers The Police will be honored in France next week, in recognition of their lifetime contribution to music. The trio - Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland - will be inducted into the Order of Arts and Letters on Monday, the culture ministry has announced.

Filmmaker David Lynch will also be awarded at the ceremony, where he will receive the Legion of Honor.

-More Sting News

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Notable Quotables

August 9th, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Catherine Zeta-Jones
"Nudity isn't a big deal for me. The reason I haven't done it so far is I've never had a script that justifies it." Catherine Zeta-Jones refuses to rule out stripping off onscreen.

"In New York, when the weather gets really, really appalling and miserable, it makes me happy. It's nice that everyone's miserable together. You go in the subway and everyone just looks like they want to kill you, and that's nice." Anne Hathaway enjoys the stifling humidity of summer in New York.

"It has gotten older as I've gotten older. Kids don't want to bring their parents to the concerts. I love ...

Stewart Copeland Cashes In On The Police Reunion With Anthology

July 30th, 2007 10:46am EDT
Stewart Copeland
The Police drummer Stewart Copeland is hoping to cash in on the band's reunion by releasing a new best of compilation. "The Stewart Copeland Anthology" will include the rocker's soundtrack recordings for films like The Pallbearer, Wall Street, Very Bad Things and Rumble Fish, which earned the drummer a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Score, alongside rare and unreleased material.

The album also features recordings by Copeland's supergroup Oysterhead.

Copeland reunited with his The Police bandmates, Sting and Andy Summers at the beginning of 2007. The trio is currently touring. ...

Police Drummer Not Allowed To Blog Anymore

July 29th, 2007 9:15am EDT
The Police
Stewart Copeland has been relieved of his job as The Police's online blogger after poking fun at singer Sting in an early attempt.

Guitarist Andy Summers admits he and Sting were far from amused when drummer Copeland grumbled about the reformed trio's early shows online, stating the band was "totally at sea" and the frontman was a "petulant pansy".

Summers says, "I think that was just cabin fever after having been in the same hotel room for three weeks. Stewart thought he was going to be the blogger on this tour. That ended pretty quickly."

(This news article provided by W...

The Police Argue Over 'New Album' Plans

July 17th, 2007 11:42am EDT
The Police
Newly reunited rock band The Police are battling with each other over whether or not to record another album. The group's last studio album Synchronicity was released in 1983 - a year before their split. Following their recent reunion tour, guitarist Andy Summers is eager to make another album, but drummer Stewart Copeland has other ideas in mind.

Copeland says, "This tour is going to take us up through February. Another album then means another three months away from home... I don't need to spend three years doing this. At the end of one year we will part as friends. Sting and Andy ...

Stewart Copeland: 'Sting Is A Sphinx'

July 12th, 2007 2:21pm EDT
Stewart Copeland
The Police drummer Stewart Copeland barely knows Sting, despite being friends with the singer for 30 years. Copeland formed the Every Breath You Take band in 1977 with Sting and original guitarist Henry Padovani, who was soon replaced by current strummer Andy Summers.

When The Police reformed this year, 23 years after their split, the trio gathered at Sting's Italian home in Il Palagia to practice and get to know each other again. Copeland says, "Those evenings were great. After 30 years, I hardly know Sting really. He's a sphinx. But to see him with Andy, the juices flowing, this tor...

Sting And Stewart Copeland Still Fight About Music, But Always Make-Up Before A Show

July 11th, 2007 9:29am EDT
The Police
The Police stars Sting and Stewart Copeland often fight during rehearsals for their comeback tour - but always make-up before they go on stage. The band split in 1986 and have reunited for a one-off tour, but drummer Copeland says the rehearsals are often spoiled by a series of arguments.

He says, "There were fights and there still are. Verbal, they were never physical. These days we're on a three or four-day cycle.

"We're playing nicely, then the little rubs and grinds start, you know, 'Stewart, don't play that', Sting, I wanna. Then, Nyanyanyanyannnnnn... 'You f**king...!' Stomp...

Memorable Celebrity Quotes

June 18th, 2007 11:18am EDT
Tea Leoni
"If my kids were to tell me that they wanted to get into acting, I'd hang myself." Tea Leoni has no plans of becoming a stage mom.

"She has really nice skin... and she's a pretty good kisser." Gina Gershon on her Bound co-star Jennifer Tilly. The pair played lesbian lovers in the film.

"They showed that on a plane; can you imagine? I think it was a mistake." Jeff Bridges reveals his film Fearless, which features a harrowing plane crash, once terrified passengers on one flight.

"We have all raised families, maintained marriages, maintained, careers. It has given us resilience...

Secret Police Reunion In 1986 Was 'Too Early'

June 18th, 2007 10:16am EDT
The Police
The Police would have reunited and recorded new material in 1986 had drummer Stewart Copeland avoided a fall from a horse during a polo game. The trio reformed earlier this year and The Police are currently at the start of an extensive year-long reunion tour, but guitarist Andy Summers insists the wait needn't have been so long.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, the group was primed to record new tracks after reuniting for Amnesty International's Conspiracy of Hope Tour 11 years ago. Summers reveals a studio was booked for three weeks, but band mates Sting and Copeland spent most of th...

Errors Fail To Spoil The Police Festival Show

June 18th, 2007 8:53am EDT
The Police
Reformed rockers The Police brought Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival to a standstill last night when almost every visitor to the four-day event checked out the group's show on the main stage. Vendors even temporarily closed food stalls at the Manchester festival - after realizing no one would be visiting them during the much-anticipated The Police set - and joined the fans.

However, although the site of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland thrilled many, a handful of mistakes left the die-hards upset. One fan said, "They were good and it was great to see them at a festival, but it st...

Stewart Copeland Is Critical Of First Night Of Police Tour

June 1st, 2007 1:21pm EDT
The Police
The Police drummer Stewart Copeland has branded the their tour's first show as "unbelievably lame." The group - who reformed earlier this year for a series of gigs celebrating their 30th anniversary - officially began their world tour at the General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday night - but the musician wasn't impressed by his band mates' performances.

He admits the concert was riddled with errors; he played a song at the wrong time, causing "the big pompous opening to the show (to be) a damp squib".

In a review of the band's comeback tour, he writes, "This is ...

Primus Front Man Les Claypool Set To Release Solo Tour DVD, 'Fancy'; Win It

May 30th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Les Claypool
(Los Angeles, CA) - On May 29, renowned bassist and legendary Primus frontman Les Claypool released Fancy (Prawn Song), his first solo live concert DVD from his 2006 summer tour with his latest group of accomplished players. A major market tour commences May 23 in Minneapolis and wraps July 14 at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, WV.

Fancy shows the latest band at its peak performance. With long time associates Skerik on sax and Mike Dillon on vibes, marimba and percussion (both of Garage a Trois and Critters' Buggin'), the band is rounded out by Cake drummer Paolo Baldi and mu...

The Police Confess Comeback Conflict

May 25th, 2007 9:56am EDT
The Police
The Police reunion is suffering "heated discussions" but guitarist Andy Summers insists they're giving the band a positive "edge". Summers, Sting and Stewart Copeland recently announced they are reuniting for a world tour, 23 years after they split. But fans fear the bitter infighting that led to their demise may scupper the group's new dates, beginning next week in Vancouver.

And while Summers confirms there have been arguments in rehearsal, he's keen to reassure followers the tension is bringing out the best of the band.

He says, "Some discussions are more heated than others. We...

The Police Invited To Play Cuba

April 13th, 2007 9:06am EDT
The Police
Reformed rockers The Police have been invited to play their first concerts in Cuba by the communist country's government. The group is considering ending its American reunion tour on the Caribbean island in December, according to Fox News reports.

The official invite comes after Police frontman Sting and his actress wife Trudi Styler recently met with dignitaries and artists on a trip to Cuba. Although the proposed show will be a first for The Police, bandmates Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers performed a concert there in 1999.

The group's reunion world tour will begin in Vanco...

The Police Consider Making A New Album

April 6th, 2007 8:20am EDT
The Police
Reunited rockers The Police are planning to follow their comeback world tour with a new album. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland recently announced they will perform a string of gigs this year, 23 years after they split.

And guitarist Summers reveals they may make an LP of new material. He says, "If we do well with these concerts we may well make a sixth album. I can't see why not. We've been jamming acoustically lately and we've been really enjoying it. We'll be playing a couple of new songs at the shows in the summer."

-The Police Pictures

(This news article provid...

Memorable Celebrity Quotes

February 22nd, 2007 7:00pm EST
Robin Williams
"I've never for one moment considered running for office. The fact that I briefly read political science doesn't qualify me in any way to be a politician." Funnyman Robin Williams dismisses the idea of running for president.

"It'll be Rambo dealing with old age. He won't be outrunning helicopters and dropping napalm." Sylvester Stallone, 60, reveals his revived action star will be slowing down in the next sequel.

"Some people say, 'Oh, you should go onstage and play every show like it's your last.' And that's just a little too morbid... I like to play every show like there's a rea...

The Police Expected To Announce Plans for World Tour

February 8th, 2007 12:36pm EST
The Police
Reformed rockers The Police are expected to announce plans for a world tour on Monday - the day after they perform at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Frontman Sting has expressed his desire to commemorate the band's 30th anniversary and play a string of lucrative gigs with drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers.

A press conference is scheduled for Monday at Los Angeles' Whisky A Go Go hotspot.

The band split in 1984 but reformed briefly in 2003 to celebrate their inclusion into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

(This news article provided by World Entertainm...

Police Confirm Grammy Awards Appearance

January 30th, 2007 2:00pm EST
The Police
Rock band The Police have confirmed they will open the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next Sunday - fuelling speculation they are planning a reunion tour.

The Message In A Bottle hitmakers have so far refused to confirm rumours they are reforming to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their massive selling song Roxanne.

A The Recording Academy spokesperson says, "The Police join a stellar list of past Grammy Awards opening acts, which includes reunions and once-in-a-lifetime performances."

The 1980s supergroup - featuring Sting, Stewart Copeland and An...

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