2016 has not been the best year to be a rock star.
We have lost many of the voices we grew up with.
This loss is felt by the artists who called them friends as well.
Sting has a new album “57th & 9th” coming out in November.
One track “50,000” is one he penned about losing David Bowie and Prince.
The title refers to the number of people singing along with their hands in the air at a stadium show.
Sting told Rolling Stone “It’s really a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies: Prince, David, Glenn Frey, Lemmy. They are our gods, in a way. So when they die, we have to question our own immortality. Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own. And the sort of bittersweet realization that hubris doesn’t mean anything in the end.”
You can check out a live performance of “50,000” above and below is the first single from the album “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”
SOCHI, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 9, 2016: English singer Sting performs during the closing ceremony of the 2016 New Wave international music competition. Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS (Photo by Vyacheslav ProkofyevTASS via Getty Images)
I am a proud native Long Islander. I love playing Rock N' Roll on the air at WBAB as well as with my band Joe Rock and The All Stars. The other things I love are my family, my dog Presley, my Harley and a good meal!