St­ing be­lieves David Bowie and Prince had ‘god-like qual­i­ties’

Kuwait Times - - WEEKENDER -

The 65-year-old mu­si­cian has said he of­ten for­gets that the two mu­si­cal icons - who both trag­i­cally passed away this year - aren’t im­mor­tal, dub­bing their pass­ing as a “huge loss to the world of mu­sic”. Speak­ing to The Sun news­pa­per, the for­mer Po­lice front­man said: “All of us suf­fer from the delu­sion that cul­tural icons like Prince and David Bowie are some­how im­mor­tal. There’s a god-like qual­ity about them. “They were ex­tra­or­di­nary artists and a huge loss to the world of mu­sic.” And the ‘Shape of My Heart’ hit­maker also re­flected on his per­sonal con­nec­tion to both artists, claim­ing he “greatly ad­mires” Bowie - who died in Jan­uary from liver can­cer - and brand­ing Prince, who suf­fered an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose of fen­tanyl in April, as “unique”. He added: “[Bowie] wrote his own el­egy which was an as­ton­ish­ing act of courage. I greatly ad­mire him for that. “I briefly played bass with [Prince] one night at Wem­b­ley. What a unique artist!” The string of re­cent deaths in the world of mu­si­cal le­gends - most re­cently in­clud­ing ‘Hal­lelu­jah’ hit­maker Leonard Co­hen - has forced the mu­si­cian to look at mor­tal­ity in a new light, some­thing which he does in the song ‘50,000’ which fea­tures on his new al­bum ‘57th & 9th’. St­ing real name Gor­don Sumner - said of the track: “I wrote it from the point of view of some­one like me, not nec­es­sar­ily en­tirely me, who’s prob­a­bly lived most of his life. “He’s been the cen­tre of at­ten­tion. He’s had every­one lis­ten­ing to his songs and he’s ex­pe­ri­enced the hubris and feel­ing of in­tox­i­ca­tion that comes with it. “Yet in later life he can ad­mit to him­self, ‘I re­ally am mor­tal,’ with­out be­ing mor­bid.”

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