Sting has debuted a new song inspired by the recent deaths of rock icons including David Bowie and Prince.
The former Police man performed the song, which is taken from his upcoming album ’57th & 9th’, during his appearance on this week’s episode of Later With Jools Holland.
Discussing the song with Rolling Stone recently, Sting said: “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. So when they die, we have to question our own immortality.
“Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own,” he added. “And the sort of bittersweet realisation that hubris doesn’t mean anything in the end.”
’57th & 9th’, Sting’s 12th solo album, is due out on November 11. It’s being billed as his first rock album in 13 years and the title is a reference to the New York City intersection Sting crossed every day to get to the studio where a large part of the album was recorded.
This week’s episode of Later With Jools Holland also featured performances from Kings Of Leon, who like Sting debuted a brand new song, as well as Jack White and Banks.