The Outlandos is a proper, 3 piece tribute to The Police, with Andy playing Andy Summers, Derek playing Stewart Copeland and Rich playing Sting. During this pandemic time, we will also be working with Enio again, as shows become available. We will be playing some shows with Derek and some with Enio.
The Outlandos 2020.
The Outlandos had a great 2019, playing many more shows than we thought. The band solidified, and we entertained audiences all around Ontario.
"Our goal is to both play the songs as The Police did between 1978 and 1983, and to provide a visual experience of seeing how The Police looked on stage at the time", says Rich. "You will see a Telecaster, a fretless Fender Precision Bass, footpedal synth controllers and a drumkit similar to Stewart's. There are songs that they never played live, and we have adapted those to a live show. When we play the hits, you will hear them as The Police played them live at the time."
We are looking forward to a great 2020, and now have the new addition of Derek Wiegand on drums. Look out, here comes The Police again !!!
History of The Outlandos
The Outlandos was started in 2009, when Andy answered an ad that Rich had put up, looking for a guitar player for a "Police project". " I was looking to get playing in a band again, and this was different, but I love The Police", says Andy. Rich and Andy recruited several drummers over the years. Enio came into the band and played in 2019. Enio has decided to move on with his career, so we now have Derek. "We have always had great drummers, and it is great to have someone like Derek now, with his chops and experience. You can certainly tell he has played this kind of music before", says Rich. We will now also be working with Enio again, as the global pandemic of 2020 has changed the way we can all get together. Enio loves the music of The Police, and we had great fun with him in 2019, playing shows and rehearsing. We feel fortunate to have 2 really good drummers to work with in this project.
You are really going to see the show of The Police, as Derek loves the drumming of Stewart, and has really moved the band onto another level. Andy has been adding chops and techniques over the years, and has a very complicated job in the band, playing the great guitar parts of Andy Summer, adding harmony vocals, and even adding synth and string sounds with his foot pedal controller. Rich has been studying the stage presence of Sting, and many times will leave the stage to mingle with the audience during a performance. Lots of energy, and tons of fun. Lots of dancing on the stage.
The Band; this is who we are....
On guitars, synths and harmony vocals; Andy T.
Guitar master Andy plays the part of Andy Summers, with the techniques to make the band sound like The Police. Andy has been playing for many years, and incorporates many styles he has learned into playing the music of The Police. Finger-picking, echo, flangers, choruses, and distortions. Andy also sings harmony vocals, and with a Roland foot pedal, plays many of the synth parts in the original songs. Andy plays Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, Fender Bassman amps, and various Boss, TC Electronics and other pedals. Andy uses the Roland PK-5A pedal to control a Roland guitar synth module to get strings, swells and many sounds.
On drums and percussion, Derek Wiegand
Derek has been a drummer for 40 years, and has played many style over the years. He also loves the drum style of Stewart, and his experience and chops will bring The Outlandos to a whole new level. You will hear the great reggae style offbeats, solid bass drum and cracking snare. Derek has the required Octobans, and has 4 of them, generally only using 2 at live shows. Derek plays Yamaha Recording Custom drums from the 1980s, Sabian and Zildjan cymbals and Tama Octobans. Anyone who knows the music of The Police will appreciate what Derek brings to this project. Just check out the videos and you will see and hear it !! Yamaha 22" Bass Drum, 8", 10", 12", 14" and 16" toms, a 14" x 5" metal Ludwig snare from the '70's, 4 Tama Octobans, various Paiste, Sabian and Zildjian crash, splash and ride cymbals, cowbells, and a sound trigger unit.
On Bass guitar and vocals, Rich Summoner.
Rich has been playing bass guitqar and singing since the late 1970s, getting his bass chops while playing to Rush records. Rich "discovered" The Police in 1980, and has loved the music ever since. Rich reaches for all the vocal notes he can get, and is able to make the music of The Police sound authentic. His bass playing follows the smoothness of Sting's, and fills the song as needed. Rich also has a Roland PK-5A foot pedal to control a Roland module, to get thick bass synth tones for songs like "Don't Stand so Close to Me", and others. Rich also incorporates a TC Helicon Harmony GXT pedal, and this gives the vocals either a thickness or harmony where needed. Rich plays a Fender Jazz bass that looks just like Sting's old early 1960's bass, that was used to both play live shows and to record many of the songs on their albums. Rich also uses various Fender Precision basses, with 2 fretless basses in his arsenal. Rich uses an MXR Phase 90 and an octave pedal to get 8 string bass sounds.
This band is the "real thing" playing all the hit songs The Police played live, and many more that The Police never played live. They never performed live versions of songs like "Omega Man, On Any Other Day, Contact or It's Alright for you", and others. The music of The Police lives on, with The Outlandos.
Now, also on drums, to play the shows that Derek is not available for: Enio Direto.
Enio has played with the band, and we had an active 2019 season with Enio. He will be returning to play shows that Derek is not available for.