Sting stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote his next studio album, 57th & 9th. He also performed the back-to-basics Police song “Next to You” with help from his current backing band, The Last Bandoleros, who added punch and smooth backing vocals.
“[57th & 9th is] rockier than anything I’ve done in a while,” Sting told Rolling Stone. “This record is a sort of omnibus of everything that I do, but the flagship seems to be this energetic thing. I’m very happy to put up the mast and see how it goes.”
“Most of it was done in an impulsive way,” added producer Marin Kierszenbaum. “One or two takes. I don’t think he’s rocked like this since Synchronicity.”
When writing songs to appear on the new album, Sting drew from recent events. “Inshallah” tackles the influx of refugees in Europe, while “50,000” came together after Prince passed away. “It’s really a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies: Prince, David [Bowie], Glenn Frey, Lemmy,” Sting explained. “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. And the sort of bittersweet realization that hubris doesn’t mean anything in the end.”
57th & 9th does not yet have an official release date.
Sting discusses how Prince’s death and his feelings on climate change inspired his new LP. Watch here.