I recently had the tremendous honor of surprising Andy Summers with the 2017 Certified Legend Award during a tribute at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater on March 23. Presented by Roland and BOSS, the sold-out event celebrated the release of the guitarist’s 14th solo album, Triboluminescence [Flickering Shadow] with a Q&A hosted by Grammy Foundation vice president Scott Goldman, as well as Summers performing tracks from the album accompanied by projections of his globetrotting photography. (You can stream “A Special Evening with Andy Summers” from the video section of the BOSS Facebook page.)
“Give me a little respect now,” Summers joked to the audience after donning his Certified Legend medal.
This year looks to be one long festival of artistry for Summers, who never seems to slow down—even though his 2003 induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Police would seem to have earned him a chunk of languid “me time.” In addition to the release of Triboluminescence, Germany’s Steidl will publish his new photography book, The Bones of Chaung Tzu; Leica Camera AG is unveiling an Andy Summers Signature Camera (likely based on his favorite model, the M6); and Fender is producing a special-edition, black-and-white Stratocaster adorned with his photographs. Oh, and Summers left for Brazil just a couple of days after the Grammy Museum event to tour that country with Call the Police, a Brazilian Police tribute band (“Including me!”) with bassist/vocalist Rodrigo Santos and drummer Joao Barone. This legend still maintains an epic schedule. Lucky us.