Sting has been hard at work in the studio creating his first pop album in 13 years, “57th & 9th”, set to be released in November.
Prior to the album’s release, the former Police front man debuted a new song from the album on BBC’s “Later… With Jools Holland” show. Titled “50,000”, the song was written after reading Prince’s obituary in a newspaper, with Sting ruminating on his death along with the passing of David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister, who died within days of each other.
“Mortality does sort of rear its head, particularly at my age – I’m 64. It’s really a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies: Prince, David [Bowie], Glenn Frey, Lemmy. They are our gods, in a way,” Sting told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “So when they die, we have to question our own immortality. Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own. And the sort of bittersweet realization that hubris doesn’t mean anything in the end.” Watch: