February 12, 2007 / 1:23 AM / 13 years ago

Rock trio the Police reunite at Grammys

Members of The Police, (L-R) Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, acknowledge the audience during their performance at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 11, 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock trio the Police played their first major public show in more than 20 years on Sunday, when they opened the Grammy Awards ceremony, whetting fans’ appetite for an expected world tour.

Frontman Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland dusted off a jazzy version of their breakthrough hit “Roxanne” for an audience of about 12,000 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The Police ended their seven-year run following their 1984 world tour for the album “Synchronicity,” which included the Grammy-winning song of the year “Every Breath You Take.”

Sting, now 55, the group’s primary songwriter, wanted more creative freedom, and has gone on to enjoy a successful solo career. His estranged colleagues, Summers, 64, and Copeland, 54, have dabbled in various projects but never managed to recapture their glory days.

They reunited in 1986 for a handful of U.S. dates on the Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope tour and also played at Sting’s wedding in 1992, and at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fanme induction in 2003.

The band will hold a news conference in Los Angeles on Monday where it is expected to announce a world tour.

This year is shaping up as the year of rock reunions. Phil Collins has returned to British art-rock combo Genesis for a month long summer tour of Europe, while mercurial singer David Lee Roth is back with rock band Van Halen after a two-decade estrangement.

Additionally, Down Under trio Crowded House plans to end a 10-year hiatus once a replacement is found for late drummer Paul Hester.

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