“Can’t Stand Losing You” Doc Offers Unflinching Look At Sting, The Police
By David Sands
April 6, 2015
Guitarist Andy Summers doesn’t pull any punches talking about Sting, his bass-playing former bandmate, in Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, the new documentary based on his tell-all memoir.
Directed by Andy Grieve and Lauren Lazin, the film debuted in New York last month and opened in Los Angeles on April 3. Featuring rare archival footage of the monumentally popular punk-era band and photographs from Summers’ personal collection, it’s adapted from the guitarist’s 2006 chronicle, One Train Later.
Although Sting and Police drummer Stewart Copeland cleared the project, it’s clearly Summers’ take of the ups and downs of the famous blonde-haired trio’s glory days and 2007 reunion tour. The film gets a little sullen at points and includes some digs at Sting, who’s sarcastically referred to by Summers as a “media darling” in the trailer.
He also recounts an episode where Sting spurns a request to back him up on “Behind My Camel,” a Grammy-winning track from the Zenyatta Mondatta album, according the Associated Press. Summers then alleges the bassist stashed away the tapes after he decided to record the whole thing himself.
“Instead of rejoicing the unbelievable success we’ve created together, the studio feels more like a canvas for dirty fighting,” Summers deadpans in the films trailer. “Each one of us battling for his own territory. Each one of us wants his instruments slightly louder than the other.”
Although the documentary’s tone is quite frank, Summers dashed away any hard feelings towards Sting at the New York debut of Can’t Stand Losing You.
“He’s a very gifted artist and a great musician,” Summers told the AP. “I only have great respect for him.”
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