Sting says he won’t be wearing a hearing aid ever again.
The 65-year-old music legend recently admitted to being “fairly deaf” and ditching his hearing aid because the device worked better than he anticipated.
“I tried wearing a hearing aid, but I heard more than I wanted to hear!” he told Sirius XM’s Artists Confidential on Tuesday. “People talk a lot of s**t!”
Aside from hearing trouble, the GRAMMY-winning musician discussed his upcoming 57th & 9th album, which is named after the daily route that he walks through New York City.
“Walking has always been important to me,” said Sting. “The binary rhythm of walking invokes narrative. 57th & 9th became this taking-stock point.”
The U.K. native, who has called the Big Apple home for several years, gets a lot of inspiration from the city that never sleeps.
“You could write a play just by listening to people’s phone conversations on the street in New York,” he joked. “The energy of New York gave [the album] an urgency.”
Sting will perform 57th & 9th at the reopening of Paris’ Bataclan Theater on Saturday. The concert marks the one-year anniversary since terrorists attacked the venue, killing nearly 100 people.
“In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile,” Sting said in a statement on his website announcing the performance. “First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents.”
“In doing so,” added Sting, “We hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them.”
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