September 20, 2013

Live from the Back To Bass Tour – The Last Ship!

Check out the latest Virtual Ticket video, filmed along the Back to Bass tour this summer, in which Sting and the band discuss his new album, The Last Ship, out next week, and reflect on the recording process and life on the road.

September 20, 2013

Sting talks to The Journal about his new album and stage show...

Sting's new album and first stage musical turned his thoughts to Wallsend. David Whetstone caught up with him in New York. It seemed a long way to have come to meet a lad from Wallsend and I'm not just talking air miles. Peering down on Manhattan's road grid from a high-rise hotel room and listening to the sirens, Tyneside could have been light years away. But it is a small insight into the fabulously successful career of Sting that people can be whizzed from all corners to assist with his projects. I was here for my passing knowledge of the North East and because words like "hadaway" don't make me go "Eh?" I was here to ask questions about The Last Ship. This is Sting's current major enterprise which is due to hit the shops as a new album on Monday and Broadway next year as a musical play...


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September 20, 2013

Dad wanted me to go to sea... he didn't mean musician on P&O...

It's the early Sixties and to a small boy born Gordon Sumner the giant ship at the end of Gerald Street, Wallsend, looms frighteningly large. The vessel is about five times as high as his home in the row of back-to-back terraced houses stretching down to the northern bank of the Tyne. But the boy, like the rest of his proud community, is dressed in his Sunday best the day the Queen Mother sweeps by in her black Rolls-Royce, flanked by outriders, to launch this huge testament to the hard graft of the Swan Hunter shipyard. "I was standing with my mum holding a Union Jack," he remembers today. "And the Queen Mother waved at me! I felt chosen." That boy grew up to be Sting, the singing superstar who came to recognition in the late Seventies with The Police and journeyed far from home to become An Englishman In New York...

September 17, 2013

The Last Ship: Sting.com reports from Abbey Road… part 3

When we visited Abbey Road in January, Sting confirmed that he had written around thirty songs for The Last Ship project and was still writing. One of these new songs, entitled Ballad Of The Great Eastern, was being worked on at the Abbey Road sessions. The story is of Brunel’s flagship (which many considered to be cursed) and of two men lost during the building of the ship never to be seen again until the discovery of their bodies in a sealed compartment years later...

September 12, 2013

Sting: 'Have you ever heard me complain?' he asks The Guardian...

He happily admits to being a pretentious yogic high-flyer who wound people up with talk of his tantric sex life. Now he's back with his first album in nearly a decade and a musical on Broadway. What a pretentious wanker I am!" shouts Sting loudly. We are on the French Riviera, sitting at a quiet table on the balcony of the house - now a hotel - where F Scott Fitzgerald wrote Tender is the Night, and I have just reminded Sting of a remark he made in 1987. Then a 36-year-old superstar promoting a new album, Nothing Like the Sun, he declared: "I don't want to be a pop star all my life. I'd quite like to be a balding, rotund, Jungian analyst between 40 and 50..."


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September 12, 2013

Taking Himself Out of the Equation - Sting Frees Himself With the Writing of ‘The Last Ship' reports The New York Times...

Early in May, a few hundred people received hush-hush invitations to the Signature Theater in Midtown. They arrived for a staged reading, a spartan workshop production assembled in under 29 hours of rehearsal as a preview for potential backers and other interested parties. On a crowded stage, with scripts in hand, cast members played out a story set in an English town whose shipbuilding industry was in its last throes. The plot intertwines a love triangle, reckonings between fathers and sons and a labor uprising (workers seizing a factory to build a last ship before the factory shuts down) with crosscurrents of economics and faith. The songs bridge show tunes and British folk traditions. The presentation received a standing ovation, something that doesn't always happen at staged readings...

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