AC/DC’S BRIAN JOHNSON TO APPEAR ON STING’S FORTHCOMING ALBUM
Sting‘s first album in 10 years will include an unexpected collaboration with Brian Johnson, the lead singer of AC/DC, reports Billy Dukes of Ultimate Classic Rock.
Sting‘s first album in 10 years will include an unexpected collaboration with Brian Johnson, the lead singer of AC/DC. The Last Ship will be released on September 24th. As previously reported, the collection is the soundtrack to a theater production of the same name set to debut on Broadway in 2014.
It’s not clear what song, or how many songs Johnson will appear on, but a publicist has confirmed the cameo from the singer. Sting screened the production in May in hopes of finding financial backers, according to the New York Times.
The Last Ship explores themes of homecoming and self-discovery. The plot is focused on a shipyard in Wallsend, Eng., a town near where Sting grew up. It’s the story of the demise of the shipbuilding industry in the ’80s.
Look for the album in several configurations, including a 12-song version and a two-disc deluxe set featuring five bonus tracks. There’s also a 20-song super deluxe version with special packaging that will be available through Amazon. Digital and vinyl versions will also be available.
Hopefully this album will be a little more rock oriented than some of Sting’s recent forays. Anybody who hasn’t fallen asleep to “If On a Winter’s Night…” must have caffeine IV’d into their system. Seriously, as a fan of Sting’s more interesting material, more rocking, or even jazz rock stuff, let’s hope this is a step in the right direction. Too bad The Police couldn’t have put out an album like VH did last year, but clearly his heart wasn’t in it with his old band, and he preferred a one of tour.
Don’t hold your breath. I saw Sting play a free show before the Final Four last spring, and it was about as exciting as watching paint dry. Even the good Police songs he did were mellowed down to lounge-act versions.