Keith Richards Talks Rolling Stones’ Next Album

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A new Rolling Stones album is definitely in the works, Keith Richards revealed today (Sept. 8). In an interview with BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, the guitarist confirmed that the band is in the process of laying down studio tracks—or was until the coronavirus interrupted the project.

Asked if he’s been in touch with Mick Jagger, Richards told the interviewer, “Yeah, all the time, exchanging ideas. But,”  he added, referring to his chief collaborator, “’I’d rather be looking you in the face, man.’”

Last April 23, the Stones surprised their fans with a new song, “Living in a Ghost Town,” recorded for the next album. The song, Richards said, “came from a first bunch of things we recorded for this album. But because of all of this… the virus… it’s screwed up any plans you could have had. ‘Oh, we’re not on the road… you can go in the studio…’ It’s not that simple. We’re biding our time at the moment and I’m gonna do a little bit of work on it with Don Was, our producer, next month, just to prod things along a little bit. Otherwise, until we can all get back together again, we’re like an octopus with all the legs chopped off, you know? I’m missing this year… I’m supposed to be on the road now.”

Listen to “Living in a Ghost Town”

Richards was also asked what he recalls about the newly re-released 1973 Stones album Goats Head Soup. “Great studio, Dynamic Sounds,” he said, name-checking the facility where the album was cut. “And a great atmosphere in Jamaica, because everything was just starting to happen there, too. It was really that year that Bob Marley exploded and reggae as a form of music became global. We were starting to get funky at around that time.”

Related: More details about the Goats Head Soup expanded edition

Richards also commented on the live performance from Brussels that serves as bonus material on the new reissue. “It was one of our better works of art,” he said. “Especially in those days, it was hard to get a good live recording. We were working under experimental conditions.”

But he had less to say about two of the studio bonus tracks added to the deluxe edition of the album, “Criss Cross” and “All the Rage.” What does he remember about those previously unreleased tracks? “Very little,” Richards admitted. “I can’t remember ‘All the Rage,’ to be honest. (laughs) Hey you can’t grab them all. I really do not remember that one. But then there’s probably loads of stuff I don’t remember as well. They’re on tape somewhere. I just have to find them.”

Watch the video for “Criss Cross”

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