"David Bowie went first, and then Lemmy (sic), and then my friend Alan Rickman died, and then Prince. It all seemed to topple on top of each other. It was a strange time because you think that these people are immortal, but then suddenly they’re like the rest of us, they die." Many of the songs on Sting's new album, 57th & 9th, were inspired by the late 2015 and 2016 deaths of music icons.