“Mortality does sort of rear its head, particularly at my age – I’m 64,” he told Rolling Stone when the album was announced back in July. “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.”
Sting's new song '50,000' was inspired by Bowie, Prince, Frey and more deaths
Sting's new song '50,000' sees him reflecting on the recent deaths of his fellow musicians like Bowie & Prince. He debuted the song on BBC's night show.
Sting wrote the song shortly after the death of Prince and although no one is specifically mentioned by name, Sting himself said they inspired it.