The Police will reunite and perform at Rock Hall of Fame induction. So say drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers, who say the band will play three songs and share the stage for the first time in 16 years

By Gary Susman
Updated November 11, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
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When this year’s class is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, no one will be surprised to see honorees AC/DC or the Righteous Brothers perform, or Elvis Costello and the Attractions (or at least all the Attractions save bassist Bruce Thomas). But the evening will mark a turning point for the Police, who haven’t played together in 16 years. Since the announcement of the band’s induction Thursday, however, at least two of the trio’s three former members have said the group will reunite and play three songs at the ceremony.

”We’re going to get together again after nearly 20 years,” said drummer Stewart Copeland on Friday at a news conference in Milan, Italy, where he’s performing with the Stewart Copeland Orchestralli. He also proudly proclaimed, ”I am a dinosaur of rock.”

Guitarist Andy Summers told Launch.com, ”I actually think it would be a great night, and think we’d all really enjoy it. And I guess we’re gonna play three songs, like they do, and it’s a good thing.” The only possible holdout was singer/bassist Sting, who issued a cryptic statement that read, ”I am very proud of the legacy of the Police. We were a damn good band and it still holds up. And it’s an honor to be voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and to be recognized by one’s peers. I’ve been to one of the induction ceremonies and it was great fun, [and] I’m really looking forward to the evening.” Yes, but are you going to strap on your bass and belt out ”Roxanne”?

There’s also no word yet on whether the Hall’s other new defunct honoree, the Clash, will reunite and perform. The ceremony and jam session, to be held March 10 at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, will be taped for broadcast on VH1.

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