AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson makes a guest appearance on "The Last Ship", a soundtrack primarily featuring Sting for a Broadway production of the same name. Johnson can be heard on the song "Sky Hooks and Tartan Paint", which is one of eight bonus tracks on the super deluxe edition of the album.
A 90-second snippet of "Sky Hooks and Tartan Paint" (courtesy of Ultimate Classic Rock) can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
"The Last Ship" explores the central themes of homecoming and self-discovery, drawing upon Sting's memories of growing up in the shadow of the Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend. His personal reminiscences illuminate universal truths — the complexity of relationships, the passage of time and the importance of family and community — to form an affecting, complex parable for our modern times.
The play, in which Sting has been creatively immersed for nearly three years, debuts on Broadway in 2014 and is a collaboration with Tony Award winners Joe Mantello (director; "Wicked", "Other Desert Cities"), John Logan (writer; "Red", "Skyfall") and Brian Yorkey (writer; "Next to Normal"). "The Last Ship" tells the story of the demise of the shipbuilding industry in 1980s Newcastle which had, for so long, shaped and overshadowed the city, its development, and its community.
Due on September 24, "The Last Ship" album is produced by Rob Mathes (Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Lou Reed, Carly Simon) and engineered and mixed by Donal Hodgson. It will be available as both a digital and physical release in two configurations — a 12-song version and a 2-disc deluxe version featuring 5 additional tracks. (The 12-song version will also be available on vinyl.) A super deluxe edition, containing 2-discs comprised of 20 tracks within special packaging, will also be sold as a physical product exclusively at Amazon.com. AmazonMP3 will be the exclusive retailer for the 20-track, super deluxe digital edition.