True or false: guitarist Andy Summers of the Police was once considered for a position with the Rolling Stones. True.
In 1974, Andy was a pretty well-respected session player. He also had experience playing with acts like the Animals, David Essex and Neil Sedaka. When Mick Taylor decided to leave the Stones at the end of that year, Andy’s name kept coming up as a possible replacement.
He never got the job, of course—the gig went to Ronnie Wood—but it’s interesting to speculate what might have happened with the Police and alternative music, in general, had Andy Summers chosen to join the Rolling Stones. Not to mention what the Stones might have sounded like from ’76 on.
Yesterday’s post was about a weird incident featuring Ian Astbury of The Cult. And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google, Stitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.