Despite the tragic loss of Charlie Watts last year, The Rolling Stones are currently experiencing a creative renaissance. Their recent Sixty anniversary performances have been hailed as some of their best in years, and the band has been teasing a new album for quite some time. The group’s most recent album, Blue and Lonesome, was comprised of classic blues standards recorded in just three days, and their last album of newly-written material, A Bigger Bang, was released over 15 years ago, in 2005.
They never stopped writing, however, and in April 2020, following the release of the GRRR! compilation’s new songs “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot” in 2012, the band released the lockdown single “Living In A Ghost Town.” In an interview with The Rolling Stones: 60th Anniversary Special podcast on Apple Music 1, guitarist Keith Richards confirmed plans to record new music and even hinted that the sessions could be completed by the end of 2022. Keith stated, “I’m unable to predict how things will develop.” “I hope we’ll have recorded some material by the end of the year, and then, I don’t know, stream it? I’m not sure.
“Anyway, I just make records, and then we determine how they turn out, correct? That is my job.” Steve Jordan, Charlie Watts’ live replacement, will play drums on the final album, and the late drummer gave his approval for his friend to assume his role in the Stones before his death. Richards said of working without Watts, “I thought, ‘Oh, I cannot do this without Charlie.'” “However, Charlie told me, ‘You can accomplish this with Steve. He may occupy my seat at any time. And he convinced me to do it.”