Sting is bringing his upcoming tour to London’s Eventim Apollo.
The musician, who releases the album ‘57th and 9th’ next week, is set to play the iconic Hammersmith venue on 9 April 2017.
Tickets go on sale on 18 November.
Billed as Sting’s first rock/pop project in over a decade, ‘57th and 9th’ takes its name from the Manhattan street corner he crossed each day on the way to the recording studio in Hell’s Kitchen. Working with a band including his long-time guitarist Dominic Miller and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, as well as guests like Josh Freese (drums), Lyle Workman (guitar), and the Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros, the recordings came together effortlessly.
“It happened very quickly, very spontaneously,” says Sting. “My idea always is to surprise myself and the people I’m working with — and, hopefully, the listeners.”
Produced by Martin Kierszenbaum and featuring songs like the driving first single ‘I Can’t Stop Thinking About You’ and the anthemic ‘50,000’ (inspired by the recent deaths of musical legends like David Bowie and Prince), the album is held together by the themes of travel and motion.
“It’s about searching and travelling, 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.”
On 12 November, the day after ‘57th and 9th’ is released, the singer re-opened the Bataclan in Paris to mark the first anniversary of the attack that killed 90 concertgoers.
“In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile. First, to remember and honour 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 we hope to respect the memory as well as the life-affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them,” Sting said ahead of the show.