Tune in this Friday, September 23rd at 7am
X96 is very excited to welcome Sting in-studio with Radio From Hell this Friday. He will be talking about his new album, “57th & 9th”, his first rock/pop project in over a decade, which will be released on November 11.
Now available for pre-order, 57th & 9th represents a wide range of Sting’s musical and songwriting styles, from the ferocious, Road Warrior-style imagery of “Petrol Head,” to the anthemic, “50,000” and the raucous, guitar-driven first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You.” The album was recorded with Sting’s long-time collaborators Dominic Miller (guitar) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and includes contributions from drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n’ Roses), guitarist Lyle Workman and the San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros. Riding a wave of inspiration, 57th & 9th came together impulsively, with sessions completed in just a few weeks.
“It happened very quickly, very spontaneously,” he says. “My idea always is to surprise myself and the people I’m working with—and, hopefully, the listeners.”
He debuted the first single today, which you can listen to here.
The album, produced by Martin Kierszenbaum, takes its title from the Manhattan street corner that Sting crossed each day as he walked to the studios in Hell’s Kitchen where the recordings were done. Sting notes that if there’s a theme in the lyrics of 57th & 9th, it’s the idea of travel and motion, most apparent in “Inshallah” and the autobiographical “Heading South On The Great North Road.”
“It’s about searching and traveling, the road, that pull of the unknown.” he says. “On this album, we ended up with something that’s energetic and noisy, but also thoughtful.”
Sting will also be discussing the regional premiere of the lyrical new musical, “The Last Ship” now playing at the Pioneer Theatre Company.
You can also watch the interview live on the X96 Live Video Stream.