Keith Richards, Ron Wood talk of new Stones album

Rockers say a new record is “in the can,” with a heavy dose of blues

By Gary Graff
April 6, 2016

It looks like we might have a new Rolling Stones album to kick around this year. The group hasn’t released an album of all-new material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, but the Stones ducked into the studio during December, and Keith Richards tells The Sun in the U.K. that the album is “in the can, although it might be a surprise to some people and I can’t say any more than that right now.”

Fellow guitarist Ron Wood did say more, however, telling the Associated Press that in addition to new songs the Stones also “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 sound really authentic. When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, ‘Who’s that? It’s you.’ It sounded so authentic.”

Wood added that the album will be out “this year.” Richards also said that the Stones would play more live dates this year, but did not specify when and where.

Meanwhile, the Stones’ new Exhibitionism display opened Tuesday (April 5) at the Saatchi Gallery in London, featuring artwork, memorabilia, stage clothing and other artifacts from the group’s 54-year and counting career.