Today (September 24), Sting released an album of new material entitled The Last Ship. The project was inspired by the artist’s forthcoming play of the same name (set to debut on Broadway in 2014).
In a video statement released to the press, Sting spoke passionately about the material, “I wrote this music and I wrote these songs to accompany a play, a play about my hometown which was a shipyard town in the north of England. It’s about shipyard workers being laid off and the idea of fathers and sons struggling and reconciling.”
The Last Ship portrays a somewhat different side of this ever-evolving artist. On the album, Sting explores the rich heritage of his past and from that fertile soil, he lets blossom a magnificent, inspiring fable of the human spirit. Through deftly orchestrated music, vivid imagery, and the warm, road-weary vocals of a golden-throated balladeer, Sting magically transports the listener to a place where a sense of pride in one’s work and a strength in the community are still vital. His story unfolds with the epic, heroic grace of a work by Homer.
“I’ve been a confessional songwriter most of my life and as soon as I began to think of writing for other people, for other voices, putting myself in someone else’s shoes, this stuff started to flow because I wasn’t in the way anymore.”
To celebrate the release of The Last Ship, Sting will perform a limited 10-night run (September 25 - October 9) at the Anspacher Theater to benefit The Public Theater in New York City. A lottery drawing for a limited number of free tickets will be held before each concert. For more information, please visit: publictheater.org.
The Last Ship is both an expansive tale that sets it’s sights on the world and a deeply, profound journey to the writer’s own soul. “It’s a story I need to tell, a story I want to tell, so I’m telling my own story through the lives of other people.”
For more information, visit: www.sting.com.