I heard Sting once say in an interview he was not interested in playing Police songs because he had "outgrown" that "lower stage" of his development or something like that. I thought that was so arrogant; can we ever forget our roots??
I guess it takes a musician to relate and understand what he means. He's not being arrogant (at least not in this case, because, Lord knows, the man has a huge ego). I know, for myself, that playing music I wrote 15 years ago for my very first band is atrocious to my ears, even though I have friends, even close ones, who love that old stuff. I hate playing it. I get bored with it very quickly and, as a result, the feeling that I had when I wrote/played it first is gone, and the whole song suffers. I've outgrown the desperation that I had when I wrote alot of that stuff and, as a result, I cannot do it justice anymore.
I hope that made sense.