Sting admits that he is fairly deaf, but he is refusing to wear a hearing aid. Sting, formerly of the Police, is now 65, and he is still rocking, but all those years of playing loud music in stadiums have taken their toll. But hearing loss is not preventing Sting from making music, or putting out a new album for his eager fans.
While the face of rock music is still young, many of the greats are getting older, like the Rolling Stones and The Who, who are almost all grandfathers. And with that, people are getting ill, as in the case of Gregg Allman, having joint replacements like Kenny Rogers, and sadly passing, like Glenn Frey of The Eagles. Gregg Allman had a liver transplant in the past, and though he was on anti-rejection medication, he has suffered other infections and has spent time at the Mayo Clinic with a respiratory infection. Allman has had to cancel shows for the remainder of the year and into next year.
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Sting jokes that these days, “what?” is his favorite word, according to People Magazine. He says that his objection to hearing aids is not about vanity or a fear of aging, but rather than they work a bit too well.
“I tried wearing a hearing aid, but I heard more than I wanted to hear! People talk a lot of s—!”
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Sting was recently interviewed on SiriusXM’s “Artist Confidential” in advance of his new album, 57th and 9th, his first rock album in quite a while, says the New York Times. In 2013, Sting claimed he no longer wanted to write rock songs, and he didn’t want to write for a rock band. In 2007-8, Sting toured with his old rock band, The Police, which made him famous and rich
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With the new album, fans will be hearing echoes of the Police with “a core of guitar, bass and drums” that sounds rather familiar and welcome. With the new album, Sting seems to fuse his influences, including jazz and classical music to turn out something that sounds fresh, but familiar.
Sting will be the act which reopens the Bataclan in Paris, which is where terrorists murdered 90 people a year ago. Sting says he thought that there is a big responsibility to playing there for respect and healing.
“Literally two or three days ago, someone said, ‘Would you reopen the Bataclan?’ I played there in 1979, and I thought about it. I said: ‘Look, there are two things to balance there. One is respect and remembrance for the people who died there. And the other thing is to celebrate the music and the love of life that the theater represents.’ I’m hoping we can reconcile those two things respectfully and intelligently, and so I’m doing it. I’m going to start with ‘Fragile.’ I think it’s appropriate.”
When he was reminded that just a few years ago, he said that he was done with introspective rock songs, Sting laughs and says that he really should never say never.
“I’m famous for making polemic statements just to see what reaction they get. [Laughs.] For me, the most important element in music is surprise. When I listen to music, I want to be surprised. When I compose music, I want to lay a surprise within a certain number of bars. And then, when I choose to do the music I want to present to the public, again, I want to surprise them.”
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And in the category of everything that’s old is new again, Sting has just rereleased his catalog on vinyl to the delight of fans old and new. But Sting’s new work is also worth a listen as it contains lyrics that clearly encapsulate wisdom only gained by time and age.
Are you a Sting fan? Are you planning to check out his new album?
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