Andy Summers, guitarist for The Police, made a rare appearance at the Fender® booth during the 2007 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif. He performed Wes Montgomery and Miles Davis classics (on his NEW Fender Custom Shop Tribute Series Telecaster® guitar through a Super-Sonic™ amp) before launching into The Police's anthem, "Message In A Bottle."
Backed by recording artists and Fender clinicians, Greg Koch (guitar), Reggie Hamilton (bass) and John Calarco (drums) - Summers summoned the crowd to sing along before Guild® artist, Wily Porter, jumped onstage and sent out his own, "S.O.S.".
Source: Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Posted on Jan 21, 07 | 6:16 pm
Surely that out of tune guitar is being played by someone who LOOKS like our beloved Andy....?
I don't get it... he's can play Monk and Mingus but not 'Message in a Bottle'...?
A structured song is tough to play without rehearsal and without knowing the other musicians.
That's why musicians always use freer tunes to play in that situation. The Miles Davis tune was cool.
Andy is a great musician and I bet we all gonna have loads of fun with the new police gigs. He's buddhist and I watched him several times practicing what he believes, just standing there for the here and now. Create a great atmosphere and he always deliver the goods. Don't worry about it.
All the best for you all!
I met Andy Summers back in 97 at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. I work for the festival every summer. That year He did a show at Richards on Richards in Vancouver. After the show I saw him at a small venue called Studio 16 that was run by the jazz festival. I noticed he was in front of me lining up for a drink. So I said.."Hey, you're Andy Summers" I briefly chatted with him. I was a little bit drunk at the time and I think my friend and I inadvertantly insulted him. First of all I started off on the wrong foot. I made the mistake of telling him how I really liked and missed the Police without complimenting him on his show that evening. My friend who was even drunker than me told him that his concert sounded like muscial scales. He said.."What's your point"..Then I said to Andy.."Hey Andy..come over here, Let me introduce you to my friends".. Then he said.."oh for God's sake" and left to sit by himself to watch the band perform. I bought him a drink and had the waiter deliver it to him. I saw him drink it so I guess he accepted it...Anyways that was my only contact with the Police...I hope they do a show in Vancouver..Maybe I'll meet Sting someday. I doubt he'll be as polite as Andy was to me..lol