Sting performs on Cunard's QM2 in New York
By Ben Grafton | 29 Oct 2014
Singer performs new songs from his latest album and new Broadway musical The Last Ship on Queen Mary 2
Sixteen-time Grammy award-winning musician Sting performed songs from his latest album, The Last Ship and new Broadway musical of the same name in New York on board Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2 yesterday.
The one-off 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 shipyard. Over the years, 15 of Cunard’s ships were built at the yard, including the four-funnelled Mauretania, once the biggest ship in the world.
Sting said: “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.
“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 said: “Cunard are backing the concert that we are doing with the Sage in Gateshead. It’s a benefit for the Sage. It’s only right and fitting to take this story back in some form to the people who inspired it, so I’m really happy to do that.”
See the video of Sting performing on Queen Mary 2 below
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