VIDEO: Sting Performs, Chats THE LAST SHIP on 'Today'
Legendary musician Sting, author of the Broadway-bound musical The Last Ship, has released his 14th album of the same name today. Many of the tracks from the new LP will be featured in the highly-anticipated stage production, set to hit Broadway in 2014 after a try-out run in Chicago.
The Police lead singer appeared on this morning's TODAY show on NBC and treated fans to a taste of the new album, including the single, "What Have We Got." Watch the appearance below!
"I want to honor my community, the community that built the biggest ships in the world," Sting told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer about the new musical. "We've written a kind of allegory about that community."
"I just got sick of me, just got sick of looking inward," he continued "So writing for other voices than my own, other actors , other points of view than my own really freed me up."
THE LAST SHIP tells the story of a group of shipyard workers who are inspired by a local Priest to build their own ship once their own ship yard has been shut down. The workers then decide to set sail on a voyage around the world. The story was inspired by Sting's own childhood memories growing up in the Newcastle area before he rose to fame as the frontman of the band The Police. The script was also inspired by the singer's solo album 'The Soul Cages' which was released in 1990 following the death of his father.
A recent reading featured such Broadway veterans as: Michael Esper, Stephanie J. Block, Colin Donnell and Laura Michelle Kelly, Fred Applegate, Bradley Dean, Jack Falahee, Lyle Mackston, Phoebe Strole and more.
Sting has received sixteen Grammy Awards for his work, receiving his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, and an Oscar nomination for the best song. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the rock band The Police.