The Rolling Stones Are Heading Back Into the Studio For a New Album

    The legendary band to record their first original album in 12 years

    Photo by Jim Pietryga

    The Rolling Stones are putting together new music that they plan to take into the studio to record their first original album in 12 years.

    Guitarist Keith Richards revealed the news during a Q&A called “Ask Keith Richards” on his YouTube channel. During the Q&A a user asks, “”Are you inspired to get back in the studio with the Stones and do some more recording?” to which Richards responds, “Yes, yes, we are — very, very shortly.”

    The legendary band released an album of covers called Blue & Lonesome last year; their previous album of original material, entitled A Bigger Bang came out in 2005. It was the band’s 24th studio album. Robert Christgau, in a somewhat backhanded compliment, noted, “[D]espite its lack of an anthem to replace ‘Start Me Up,’ it certainly beats Tattoo You or anything else going back to Exile except Some Girls.”

    During his YouTube chat, Richards added, “[We are] cutting some new stuff and considering where to take it next. 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.”

    Of the positive response, Richards said, “Actually I think the Stones will use it as a boost of energy and to their feelings of viability in this day and age. See what we can come up with next.”

    While the rest of the band has remained mum so far, antennas went up earlier this month when British grime artist Skepta posted a photo on his Instagram captioned “in the studio” with Mick Jagger.

    @skeptagram and @mickjagger in the studio. Photo by @shaneaveli

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    No word yet on whether or not this collaboration is for a Skepta album, this new Stones album, or a new project altogether.

    Jagger has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians and artists in the past, including David Bowie, Peter Tosh, Joss Stone (in the band SuperHeavy) and, perhaps most notably, Carly Simon.

    The Stones head out on the road later this year for a European Tour called “No Filter.”

    The Rolling Stones:

    9/9 – Hamburg, Germany: Stadtpark
    9/12 – Munich, Germany: Olympic Stadium
    9/16 – Spielberg, Austria: Spielberg at Red Bull Ring
    9/20 – Zurich, Switzerland: Letzigrund Stadium
    9/23 – Lucca, Italy: Lucca Summer Festival-City Walls
    9/27 – Barcelona, Spain: Olympic Stadium
    9/30 – Amsterdam, Holland: Amsterdam ArenA
    10/3 – Copenhagen, Denmark: Parken Stadium
    10/9 – Dusseldorf, Germany: Esprit arena
    10/12 – Stockholm, Sweden: Friends Arena
    10/15 – Arnhem, Holland: GelreDome
    10/19 – Paris, France: U Arena
    10/22 – Paris, France: U Arena