The hottest ticket in town next week will be Sting at Irving Plaza.
I can tell you exclusively that the rock superstar will celebrate release of his new album, “57th and 9th” with a club show at Irving Plaza next Wednesday, November 9th. Tickets go on sale on Monday through Ticketmaster, and should be sold out in minutes.
Sting’s show at Irving Plaza reminds me of his solo debut way back in 1985 at the Ritz, now known as Webster Hall, when he released his “Dream of the Blue Turtles.”
“57th and 9th” is a collection of 10 songs that hearken back to Sting’s best rock/pop/soul work. The first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You,” is on Sirius constantly. The album has more potential hits, I think, including “One Fine Day,” “Petrol Head,” and “Down Down Down.”
IHeartRadio and AT&T are sponsoring the album party and show at Irving Plaza, and they’re going all out for it, too. The “57th and 9th” celebration will be broadcast on all their platforms — iHeartMedia AAA, Classic Hits and Classic Rock radio stations throughout the country, video stream on iHeartRadio.com/WatchATT and televised on the AUDIENCE Network available on DIRECTV and U-verse on November 18 at 8pm ET/PT / 7pm CT.
The album was recorded with Sting’s long-time collaborators Dominic Miller (guitar) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), plus drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n’ Roses) and guitarist Lyle Workman with backing vocals by the San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros. Martin Kierszenbaum is the producer.
I’m told the Irving Plaza show will feature tracks from the new album, plus hits from the past like “Roxanne” and “Message in a Bottle.” But you know, I want to hear these new songs live– they are great on the album, which hits stores November 11th.