The Police: We're Hitting the Road
02/12/2007 AT 06:30 PM EST
"Whenever the idea [of reuniting] would come up, I would say 'You are out of your mind, my head is some where else,'" the group's frontman, Sting, 55, told the audience during a rehearsal/press conference at the Whiskey a Go-Go in Los Angeles on Monday.
Explaining why now, after two decades, the punk-ska trio is reuniting, Sting said: "I woke up one morning about three months ago and this lightbulb went off in my head. 'I am going to call Andy [Summers] and Stewart [Copeland] and tell them that I think we should do a tour.' "
He said the decision has helped mend some old wounds from the past. "It is very healing," said Sting. "This is a part of my life that I sort of ran away from for 25 years. But it is a very important part of my life."
The band is notorious for their infighting, but Sting said they have gotten "wiser" with age. "We only fought because we cared passionately about the music – and also hairstyles," he cracked
Added drummer Stewart Copeland: "We never hated each other. We fought tooth and nail over the music, but as human beings we actually really liked each other."
Summers, the band's guitarist, jokingly referenced their more mellowed out nature, saying: "Now we do yoga and eat granola."
The tour will kick off on May 28 in Vancouver, then head to several U.S. cities, including New York and Boston, before going to Europe.