If anyone thought Andy Summers was simply The Police’s guitarist, the rock doc “Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police” puts things straight. As much as this is a story of the legendary trio — comprising Summers, Sting, and Stewart Copeland — it’s Summers’s story, based on his 2006 memoir “One Train Later.”
“When I was doing the book, I didn’t want to write about The Police at all,” Summers tells Metro. “I thought I had a whole story there without it. I didn’t want to confront that bit at all; it was the most difficult part to write about.”
Summers narrates and, in between those familiar Police hits, his elegantly unobtrusive score supports the visuals. Director and editor Andy Grieve brings in The Police’s massive 2007-2008 reunion tour footage (directed by Lauren Lazin), and weaves in archival footage and Summers’s considerable collection of photographs.
But Summers is right, even before joining The Police in the mid-’70s, his story was fully loaded with rock and roll history: From playing in a beat band in Swingin’ ’60s London, joining UK R&B legend Zoot Money, and less notably, being in the horribly named Dantalian’s Chariot. A call from Eric Burdon took Summers to L.A. to join The Animals. That imploded and he returned to England with his wife Kate, and hooked up with Kevin Coyne. When Mick Taylor quit the Rolling Stones, Summers was on a notable shortlist of replacements.