Ongoing History Daily: The Police’s Andy Summers for The Rolling Stones?

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 SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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