Legendary singer Sting stopped by On Air With Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday, January 14. The icon shared the deeply personal story behind play The Last Ship and also his thoughts on "Roxanne"-influenced tracks including Arizona Zervas’ latest hit.
“I love novelty. I hate just doing the same thing,” Sting prefaced of his Tony Award-nominated musical inspired by the shipyard culture of his native Newcastle, England. “… The play I’m doing, it’s just an adventure. It’s the most risky; the most challenging; the most daunting; but the most exciting so I’m always looking for a novelty.”
Sting explained that his childhood inspired the story behind The Last Ship.
“I would think as a kid that would be my destiny,” he continued of the inspiration. “[That] I would end up in the shipyard. It was the last thing that I wanted; it was dark and dangerous — terrible health and safety record — so I did everything in my power to escape it. … But, I realize I was ideally placed to tell the story of my town, what happened to it. So it’s really about what happens to a town when the industry closes down so I think it’s a very topical subject for now.”
The English musician and actor added that it was also “the engine that drove” his ambition and “desire to escape.”
“But,” he added. “Then having succeeded, I realized I owed it debt … to my community. I wanted to honor them and tell their story the best I could so I feel I’ve done that to a certain extent.”
Watch back the full interview in the video above for more, including to hear how Sting feels about “Roxanne”-influenced tracks including the latest hit by Arizona Zervas and how Sisanie has a connection to the singer.
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