Sting Performs Songs From His Latest Album Aboard Queen Mary 2
Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning musician Sting performed songs from his latest album “The Last Ship” in a one-off performance aboard Cunard Line’s, Queen Mary 2.
Sting’s performance took place in front of an invited audience in the ship’s Royal Court Theatre just two days after the musician made his official debut as a Broadway composer.
Set in his hometown of Wallsend on Tyneside in the North East of England, “The Last Ship” draws on Sting’s memories of growing up next to the Swan Hunter Wigham Richardson shipyard. Over the years, 15 of Cunard’s ships were built there, including the four-funnelled Mauretania, once the biggest ship in the world.
“Cunard is one of the most famous names in shipping and a lot of very notable ships were built on Tyneside – Mauretania and Carpathia, to name but two. There’s a great lineage,” said Sting while visiting Queen Mary 2.
“I was born and raised in Wallsend, in the shadow of the Swan Hunter shipyard. My earliest memories are of ships being built and launched into the river. You couldn’t escape Swan Hunter – there was a coal mine at one end of town and Swan Hunter at the other, so these ships loomed over our houses. With ‘The Last Ship,’ I thought I would try and honour the community that I came from, because everyone around me worked in the Swan Hunter shipyard. My grandfather worked in the shipyard. All his brothers worked in the shipyard. My family has had things to do with the sea for many years.”
Sting will also perform songs from “The Last Ship” in the UK next year, on 24 and 25 April 2015, to benefit the Sage Theatre Gateshead 10th Birthday Appeal. The two performances, sponsored by Cunard, swiftly sold out when tickets went on sale this summer.
Sting will be joined on stage by many of the region’s best loved musicians, including fiddle and Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell and The Wilson Family from Billingham, Co. Durham. Money raised from both performances will ensure that the Sage’s vital work supporting arts and culture in the region will continue.
Cunard Line are renowned for having some of the world’s biggest stars aboard their vessels and Sting is just one in a long line of recognisable names and faces. Others who have boarded a famed Cunard Liner include: Angela Bassett, Senator Hilary Clinton, MP Donald Trump, Kathy Reichs, Bill Bryson, Beyonce, Dame Shirley Bassey, George Lucas and Hugh Jackman.
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