Bass-slapping Police-man and fairly credible Sir Patrick Stewart impersonator Sting, who’s playing Seattle’s Key Arena Thursday night as part of his co-headlining Rock Paper Scissors tour with Peter Gabriel, is apparently getting back to where he once belonged on his forthcoming album.
He’s put together a new disc of somewhat spontaneous creations titled 57th & 9th, and producer Martin Kierszenbaum says it’s very reminiscent of Sting’s time in the Police — although Sting himself doesn’t necessarily concur.
“Most of it was done in an impulsive way – one or two takes,” Kierszenbaum says, speaking to Rolling Stone hacks. “I don’t think he’s rocked like this since Synchronicity“. That album was the band’s swan song, and although Sting later got back together with Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland for a Police tour in 2007 and 2008, he says that didn’t really have any influence on 57th & 9th. “That reunion was an exercise in nostalgia, clear and simple,” Sting says. “A very successful exercise in nostalgia, but there was no attempt to take that somewhere else.”
Rather, Sting hit the studio with a crew which included his touring drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and guitarist Dominic Miller, alongside Last Bandoleros members Jerry Fuentes and Diego Navaia, and adopted a let’s-see-what-happens approach: he arrived without any material, preferring to write new songs on the spot. The results, according to Sting, bear little resemblance to his more recent ventures into non-rock territory. “It’s not a lute album,” he chuckles. “It’s rockier than anything I’ve done in a while. 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.” The release date for 57th & 9th is yet to be revealed.
Sting initially hooked up with tex-mex outfit The Last Bandoleros because he and that band are both managed by Kierszenbaum. Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Last Bandoleros performed their new song Where Do You Go?, and then Sting joined them for a pretty spirited version of The Police’s Next To You.