It seems the magical, minimum number needed to qualify as a rock ‘n’ roll band is three. So, let’s pit some famous rock trios against each other.
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Guitarist Andy Summers joins us to discuss the Police’s breakthrough album ‘Reggatta de Blanc,’ released on Oct. 2, 1979.
Andy Summers’ echoing, textural approach to the guitar is forever linked with the Police, but he’d been an established figure in music for more than a decade before rising to stardom with that sound alongside Stewart Copeland and Sting.
You may not recognize the voice. Certainly, you’ve never heard of the band. But that guitar, echoing and minimalistic? Well, that could only belong to the Police’s Andy Summers. And so Circa Zero’s new song, an all-hook blast of old-school straight-ahead rock called “Levitation,” lures you in anyway.
‘I don’t know who they are’: Boston’s old-school Tom Scholz can’t place contemporaries Andy Summers, the Edge
There’s a reason the signature Tom Scholz guitar sound — indeed, Boston’s basic feel, from its 1976 debut through to the forthcoming Life, Love and Hope — has remained unchanged.
Peter Gabriel, Sting, U2, Bruce Springsteen, others – ¡Released!: Human Rights Concerts 1986-98 (2013)
The 1980s were marked by benefit extravaganzas, though oftentimes — whatever their noble intentions — they boasted both dubious musical results and unclear benefits. Amnesty International events were different.
The Police, Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground, Television, the Stooges, MC5, Blondie – CBGB (2013)
The irony, of course, was that Hilly Kristal originally wanted to open a roots-rocking Bowery bar — thus, the name: CBGB, which stood for “country, bluegrass and blues.” Lucky for us, that’s not how it turned out.
No new album has yet emerged, but buzz is already building for Circa Zero — a new project featuring the Police’s Andy Summers that also features multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles and drummer Emmanuelle Caplette.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyAcS6ajrKQ&w=500&h=355] Imagine guitarist Andy Summers’ surprise when he heard his iconic riff from the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” for the first time as part of a Puff Daddy song — on his kid’s radio.
Featuring eight live tracks recorded by Curved Air’s initial incarnation for the BBC in 1970-71, and then five more from a 1976 lineup that featured Stewart Copeland, Air Waves is an opportunity to examine both eras of this underrated prog-rock group.