The blinding burn to stardom of punk threesome-turned-pop hitmakers The Police included five albums in five years and nonstop touring from 1978 to 1984. With that success came drama chronicled by guitarist Andy Summers in his 2007 memoir, One Train Later. Now the film version, Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, is getting a stateside release through Cinema Libre on April 3.
Helmed by veteran film editor Andy Grieve, the documentary could have just as easily been called Can’t Stand Losing Sting, as Summers, 72, spends much of his time worried the Police frontman would go solo. “Fairly early, the press pulled him out — this great-looking young guy with a great voice in the hot rock band,” Summers tells Billboard. Throughout the group’s career, there were scuffles between Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland (one in which Sting broke a rib), as well as a profanity-laced berating of Summers in the studio. And while the doc was executive-produced by Summers and is very much his show (neither of his Police bandmates participated), the guitarist hardly considers himself beyond reproach. Asked what he learned about himself, he replies, “That I really am an asshole.”
This story originally appeared in the April 11 issue of Billboard.