The Police set to reunite to open Grammys

The Police will reunite to open the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 11, the Recording Academy said, and the hit 1980s band is planning a reunion tour.

The five-time Grammy-winning band, led by frontman Sting, with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, split up in 1984 and was last seen playing together in 2003 to commemorate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band, known for such hits as ‘‘Roxanne,’’ ‘‘Message in a Bottle’’ and ‘‘Every Breath You Take,’’ has never performed at the annual telecast for the music industry’s most prestigious awards that are given by The Recording Academy.

‘‘The Police join a stellar list of past Grammy Awards opening acts, which includes reunions and once-in-a-lifetime performances,’’ said a statement from the academy.

Members of The Police have so far refused to confirm rumours that the band is planning to reunite for dates in Britain and the US, with this year marking the 30th anniversary of the release of ‘‘Roxanne.’’

Last month the band’s label A&M Records, which is owned by Universal Music, said in a statement that they would mark the year somehow.

‘‘It is our intention to mark the anniversary by doing something special with the band’s catalogue of songs. Everyone is hopeful the band will support our plans and while early discussions have taken place, nothing has been decided,’’ said the statement.

The Police were the world’s biggest band, selling out stadiums and dominating the global pop charts, when they split up in 1984.

The trio’s long refusal to bite the reunion bait has only made appetite grow.

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