06.05.13 STING'S THE LAST SHIP - New Album From the 16-Time Grammy® Award Winner...

Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M Records is pleased to announce a new album of original material from Sting, entitled The Last Ship, scheduled for release on September 24, 2013 (internationally on September 23, 2013).

The album is inspired by Sting's forthcoming play of the same name and explores the central themes of homecoming and self-discovery, drawing upon his memories of growing up in the shadow of the Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend. His personal reminiscences illuminate universal truths - the complexity of relationships, the passage of time and the importance of family and community - to form an affecting, complex parable for our modern times.

The play, in which Sting has been creatively immersed for nearly three years, debuts on Broadway in 2014 and is a collaboration with Tony Award winners Joe Mantello (director; Wicked, Other Desert Cities), John Logan (writer; Red, Skyfall)) and Brian Yorkey (writer; Next to Normal). The Last Ship tells the story of the demise of the shipbuilding industry in 1980s Newcastle which had, for so long, shaped and overshadowed the city, its development, and its community.

The Last Ship album is produced by Rob Mathes (Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Lou Reed, Carly Simon) and engineered and mixed by Donal Hodgson.

The Last Ship will be available as both a digital and physical release in two configurations - a 12-song version and a 2-disc deluxe version featuring 5 additional tracks. (The 12-song version will also be available on vinyl.) A super deluxe edition, containing 2-discs comprised of 20 tracks within special packaging, will also be sold as a physical product exclusively at Amazon.com. AmazonMP3 will be the exclusive retailer for the 20-track, super deluxe digital edition.

All physical CD formats, including the vinyl edition, are now available for pre-order at
Amazon.com. You may also pre-order the 12-song album, vinyl edition, and 2-disc deluxe package in the Official Sting Store.

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels
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mjharris - 06.06.13
Sharing the meaningful...
One of the things I have always admired about Sting is his willingness to share that which is meaningful for him. His humility, his heart, his past...he is truly a bard. Thanks to you 'Oh Sting the Bard' for your generosity of spirit...I know my life continues to be deeply enriched by your offerings. Margaret
ahlehner - 06.05.13
Super - man!
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Sting will release an album of new songs next fall, his first full-length LP of original material since 2003's "Sacred Love," his publicist said. The album, "The Last Ship," grew out of the songwriting Sting has been doing for a musical of the same name, which the producers hope will run on Broadway in 2014. That play is set in a shipyard in Wallsend, England, near where Sting, born Gordon Sumner, spent his youth. "The Last Ship" will contain several songs used in the musical, as well as a few others Sting wrote for the play but decided not to include. It will be released on Sept. 24 by a consortium of three labels - Cherrytree, Interscope and A & M Records...

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The only question needing an answer heading into Sting’s Victoria debut on Friday night: Which version of the rock legend would show up? The fiery Brit whose first band, the Police, produced an incredible number of hits over a six-year period? Or the easy-listening yoga practitioner whose last substantial hit was a decade ago? Turns out he was a little bit of both at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. Sting, 61, delivered a 21-song, two-hour set split evenly between Police hits and solo offerings. Not every song from both sides of his personality worked, but there was a uniqueness to many of the left-field choices that bookended his staple singles...

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The Back To Bass Summer 2013 tour kicked off on May 30 in Kelowna, BC! Check out this photo of Sting rehearsing for opening night and for a glance at the opening night's setlist. If you were there be sure to tell us what you thought of the show by posting your comments over at sting.com/tour/date/id/2846...

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David Sancious has played with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Santana, Seal and Bryan Ferry. Nine weeks of world travel started Tuesday morning for keyboardist David Sancious, who won't return to his home in Woodstock, New York, until the second week of August. Not that the 59-year-old is complaining. "When we go out on tour with Sting, it's as nice as it could be," Sancious said Monday, prior to departing for Kelowna and the start of Sting's Back to Bass Tour. "We fly in a private plane, most of the time, and with [an instrument] technician at our beck and call. But as high as it has gotten for me, I don't lose touch with the basics of what it means to be a musician..."

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