In the entertainment industry, unsubstantiated, and often false, rumors are the coin of the realm. Whether it's the classic Paul is Dead conspiracy theory that plagued The Beatles or the tales of adult entertainment being shot after-hours on The Wizard of Oz set, the unlikely and unimaginable have been dissected and discussed as long as mankind has found pleasure in performance.
Here's a rumor that's as good as money in the bank, though: Although there's been no confirmation, all signs point to a reunion of the classic stadium rock trio The Police.
Although the band split acrimoniously more than 20 years ago, there have long been whispers of a reunion. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the act, and again there's talk that Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers will reunite on stage.
Ordinarily, this would have been greeted by an immediate response, usually from the Sting camp, quashing the chances of such an event, but this time, with rumors escalating from a whisper to a roar, no such statement has been issued.
Instead, Sting has said he would like to celebrate the band's legacy and has not balked at the idea of a string of live dates.
That doesn't seem like much, but remember that the roadblock has always been Sting, who preferred to expend his musical energy on solo projects and, most recently, an ill-fated album of lute music.
His enthusiasm should give this reunion all the juice it needs.
There are still personalities involved. The oft-rumored Van Halen/David Lee Roth lovefest has been derailed on several occasions by some band members' unwillingness to be in the same room as Mr. Roth.
It's always possible that, 25 years on, the old Police wounds haven't healed.
Still, I'm enthused about the possibility.
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