By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—A fit middle-aged man with sun-bleached blond hair and a tan strolls into a tony Beverly Hills hotel ballroom dressed mostly in black. His open jacket reveals a bright pink t-shirt emblazoned with the words “surfer” in lower-case white letters.
While this Southern California archetype may very well have taken a morning dip in the cool Pacific earlier in the day, this is no garden variety beach bum. He’s British transplant Andy Summers, guitarist and sometime vocalist for the classic punk/rock band The Police. He’s here to promote his new documentary cleverly titled “Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police.” Though the title might suggest a tell-all about the three-piece British band that enjoyed a meteoric nine-year run in the late ‘70s into the mid-‘80s, it is a much more measured and thoughtful retrospect of the group, whose hits include “Roxanne,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Every Breath You Take” and more.
Directed by Andy Grieve and Lauren Lazin, the documentary is based on Summers’ bestselling memoir “One Train Later,” a slick tome illustrated with dozens of pictures the Grammy award winning guitarist took during the part of his career where he performed alongside lead singer/bass guitarist Gordon Sumner (better known as Sting) and drummer Stewart Copeland (the only American in the group) as well as during a 2007-08 reunion tour.
Summers explained that he wanted to make a documentary because he wanted to share this extraordinary chapter in his life.
He still records and performs occasionally and is writing another book and music for a ballet. The married father of three (who lives in Los Angeles) explains why he wanted to make the film, getting his former band mates on board and what’s ahead.