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Rock Hall Anniversary: The Police’s Hiatus and Later Breakup

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In 1983, The Police became one of the biggest bands in the world, thanks to enormous success of their fifth album Synchronicity. But as the spring of 1984 was fast approaching, the band was unraveling.

In March of that year, the Police concluded their Synchronicity tour in Australia, after which the band became inactive, as solo projects from band members would soon follow. Those projects included Sting’s 1985 landmark debut The Dream of Blue Turtles, Stewart Copeland’s 1985 film The Rhythmatist, and Andy Summers’ collaboration with Robert Fripp on the 1984 album Bewitched. By the end of 1985, it was pretty relevant that the Police were probably not going to get back together. But they attempted to do just that.

In the summer of 1986, the band played three concerts for the Amnesty International’s A Conspiracy of Hope Tour. Then the band entered the studio to record a new album, but it soon became disastrous. Copeland was injured from a fall from a horse, making him unable to play, and there were constant arguments between the band members, including one between Sting and Copeland. The ill-fated sessions effectively ended the Police, but did produced one UK top 25 hit, “Don’t Stand So Close to Me ‘86”.

As Sting, Copeland, and Andy Summers continued on with solo projects, they did reunited a few more times, including Sting’s wedding to actress Trudie Styler, and their 2003 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2007, the Police embarked on a reunion tour that lasted through 2008. And in those years since their breakup in the 1980s, the band has been regarded as one of the greatest of all time.


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