Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M Records is pleased to announce a new album of original material from Sting entitled The Last Ship to be released today, September 24, featuring "And Yet" and "Practical Arrangement," both available now for digital download.
The new album is inspired by Sting's forthcoming play of the same name, which will debut on Broadway in 2014. A paean to the shipbuilding community in the North East of England where he was born and raised, The Last Ship explores themes of homecoming, self-discovery and the complexity of love and familial relationships, drawing upon Sting's childhood memories growing up in the shadow of the Swan Hunter Shipyard in Wallsend.
In celebration of the album's release, Sting will perform a limited 10-night run (September 25 - October 9) to benefit The Public Theater in New York City. An evening of music and storytelling in the intimate 260-seat Anspacher Theater, these performances will offer insight into the creative process of both the new album and forthcoming play. A lottery drawing for a limited number of free tickets will be held before each concert. For more information, please visit http://www.publictheater.org/content/view/296.
Sting is also scheduled to perform on The Today Show (Tuesday, September 24), the Late Show with David Letterman (Monday, September 30), and Charlie Rose on PBS next month. On October 30, he will sit down with Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis as part of the 92Y Talks series (details at http://www.92y.org/Event/Sting-with-Anthony-DeCurtis.aspx). For the latest information on upcoming TV appearances, please visit www.sting.com.
Produced by Rob Mathes (Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Lou Reed, Carly Simon) and engineered and mixed by Donal Hodgson, The Last Ship also features several musicians hailing from the North East of England, including Kathryn Tickell, Peter Tickell, Julian Sutton, The Wilson Family, The Unthanks and special guests Jimmy Nail and Brian Johnson.
The Last Ship will be available as both a digital and physical release in two configurations - a 12-song album 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 (www.amazon.com/sting).