Ron Wood 11/1/22

The Rolling Stones may be in the home stretch for their long-awaited new album. The band has been at work on the still-unfinished collection for over a decade — and even recorded their last album, the Granny Award-winning blues collection, Blue And Lonesome, during the all-original, album sessions.

Ron Wood hipped Britain’s The Sun on where the Stones are at in the process, revealing that album will feature drumming by north late-drummer Charlie Watts as well as his replacement, longtime Keith Richards collaborator, Steve Jordan: “We are recording the new album now and we are going to L.A. in a few weeks to carry it on and finish it off. Charlie is on some of the tracks and drummer Steve Jordan.”

Wood also confirmed the Stones would be back on the road in 2023.

Don Was, who has been co-producing the Stones since 1994’s Voodoo Lounge, told us that over the course of the new album sessions, a tremendous amount of material has been tracked by the band. According to him, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards simply haven’t created the album they want to release yet: [“We continue to start songs and it’s such a varied group of songs. We probably have 40 and depending on the 10 we choose to finish, the character of the album will be determined; right now, it could go any way. And there’s some really good stuff in there. And there’s a sense that making a ‘good album’ is not good enough — it’s gotta be great. So, I think when we feel we’ve got 10 things that are great an album’ll come out.”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . album’ll come out)

TL; DR

  • Ron Wood told The Sun the Rolling Stones are planning on completing their new album in the next couple of weeks in L.A.

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now is the latest Rolling Stones vault release, Licked Live In NYC. The set is available as a DVD/two-CD, SD Blu-ray/two-CD, as well as a standalone two-CD and triple-LP.
  • Originally released in 2003 as an HBO special and as part of the Four Flicks package, the band’s January 18th, 2003 Madison Square Garden concert has been fully restored and remastered with four previously unreleased songs: “Start Me Up,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “Sympathy For The Devil.” Special guest Sheryl Crow is featured on “Honky Tonk Women.”