At the red carpet launch of The Rolling Stones Retrospective Exhibitionism in London, guitarist Keith Richards told The Sun that, after a few studio sessions this past December, their 23rd album is already “in the can”, adding that “it might be a surprise to people, and I can’t say any more than that right now”.
Guitarist Ronnie Wood offered up further details, explaining to the AP about the Stones’ organic return-to-their-roots approach toward the sessions.
“We went in to cut some new songs, which we did, but we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic,” said Wood.
Although no release date has been set, Wood promised the album will be released “this year”, 11 years after their last full length, “A Bigger Bang”. Besides “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot”, both recorded for their 2012 greatest hits album, “GRRR!”, Stones fans have been left holding out for new recorded material, but it appears that time is finally on their side!
This year is shaping up to be a special one for the Rolling Stones. A first-ever concert in Cuba, a retrospective display at London’s Saatchi Gallery, and a new burst of productivity prove that, after 54 years, the band is still relevant and eager to build upon their legacy.