The 2007 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival slated for June 14-17, has excited Stewart Copeland: “I think it’s going to be a completely different Police show from any of the other shows on the tour because Bonnaroo is a very different kind of gig. All of the others, we’re taking our stage, it’s the Police show. We’ve been rehearsing for four months. The band is so tight. You could open a bottle with it.” Stewart Copeland further claims that the Police’s festival “mission” is to “completely deconstruct” the band’s material and offer fans a “new approach to the old songs.” “We’re going to go on stage at Bonnaroo and we’re going to play five songs for half an hour each…we’re going to tear it all down and rip it up,” Copeland said.
Furthermore, in a jolt of excitement, Copeland rambles off a few acts he’s looking forward to catching while stretching his festival legs down south. His eclectic list includes “youngsters like Tool,” which Copeland claimed are “nice boys,” Gogol Bordello, which he “was turned on to” by his son, and the White Stripes, fronted by Jack White, who Copeland insisted he would be happy collaborate with: “Send that guy over and we’ll give him an amp.” And Copeland is sticking to his guns, reassuring that the Police’s Bonnaroo performance will offer an opportunity to “let your hair down” and will be a “whole different deal.”
Copeland says that it may feel a little odd to be performing for an audience of fans who were toddlers or weren’t even born when the Police were at their peak.
“There’s this phenomenon that none of us expected at 25, because when we were 25, our parents’ music was dead, cold and buried. Nobody would be caught dead listening to music that was 20 years old. It is a really amazing phenomenon these days, 14 year old, 16 year old, early 20s, they’re listening to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Police — and, man, that’s lucky for us! We love that!”
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