Keith Richards Confirms Rolling Stones Recording New Album “Very Shortly”


Keith Richards Confirms Rolling Stones Recording New Album “Very Shortly”

–Joe Lund

The Rolling Stones will soon head back into the recording studio to work on material for a new album, says Keith Richards. The news comes in response to a question that arose during the latest installment of the web series, “Ask Keith Richards.”

“Are you inspired to get back in the studio with the Stones and do some more recording?” a fan asked.

“Yes, we are — very, very shortly,” replied Richards. “Cutting some new stuff and considering where to take it next.”

The album, which would be the Stones’ first studio record of original material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, was put on hold last year when the band released Blue & Lonesome, their acclaimed covers LP. “Blue & Lonesome caught us a little bit by surprise in that we figured it was something we had to do, but we didn’t expect the response,” observed Richards.

Indeed the success of the covers album prompted Richards to address the prospect of an “inevitable volume two.”

“I don’t think we’re going to sucker into that straight away,” he said. “But then it wouldn’t take a twist of the arm to do some more of that. It’s such fun to record, and there’s plenty more where that came from. I just think the Stones have used it as a boost to their energy and viability in this day and age and see what we can come up with next.”

Meanwhile, in September the Stones will issue a combination book/DVD package that collects the group’s radio and TV performances from the ‘60s. Titled, fittingly, Rolling Stones on Air in the Sixties, the set chronicles the period from early 1963 to 1969.