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Published: 2007/05/22

Stewart Copeland Promises Unique Performance from The Police at Bonnaroo

I got into Trey World and the story unfolded.

This comment from Stewart Copeland was in response to the first question of the second Bonnaroo Press Conference, featuring Stewart Copeland of The Police, comedian Lewis Black, and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon, where Copeland explained how he got back into drums and how he came to know Bonnaroo, first with Oysterhead and now with top-billed The Police.

Copeland also let fans of Bonnaroo and the Police know to expect a wild, one-of-a-kind show that will never happen again.

I thought the people coming to see Oysterhead in New Orleans were my fans. They were (Trey Anastasio and Les Claypool) fans Weve (The Police) been rehearsing for four months. With Oysterhead, we rehearsed for two days. I want to do a completely different kind of show at Bonnaroo, where the mission is to deconstruct the whole thing, Copeland said.

I learned to let my hair down and disregard everything I learned about stagecraft. The fans want to go on that (improvisational) journey which is the opposite of The Police thing. Well do a completely different show at Bonnaroo if I have anything to do with it, Copeland said. We may play five songs for half-an-hour each.

Lewis Black promised more Bonnaroo-related comedy and raved about his previous festival experience. The first time there was a little Bonnaroo comedy, the second time, there will be more last year I was completely overwhelmed I havent seen anything like that for years. Copeland also raved, saying what a great time he had at Bonnaroo.

Black also raved about the audience. Theyre extraordinarily attentive and as good as any Ive ever been in front of. Plus I get to see in three days bands that would take me ten years otherwise on my schedule.

It vindicates what Ive been doing my whole life. I know that if I had stayed in Chapel Hill I would still dress the same way as fans do and love the same things, Black said. I walk down (Shakedown) and theyre selling the same shit they were selling when I was 15, and thats great!

Tickets for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which takes place from June 14-17, are still on sale at Report by Taylor Hill

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