As their major Exhibitionism exhibit at Saatchi gallery gets under way in London, the Rolling Stones have confirmed that their forthcoming album will be a blues one and, according to Keith Richards, they have no plans to retire yet.
“We went in to cut some new songs, which we did,” the 68-year-old Ronnie Wood told Billboard. “But we 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 really sound authentic.”
Wood confirmed that the album would be released sometime this year.
“When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, ‘Who’s that? It’s you,'” Wood told Billboard. “It sounded so authentic.”
The Rolling Stones last studio album was in 1965.
Meanwhile, Keith Richards denied that the band would be breaking up.
“I ain’t looking to kick the bucket yet,” he told the press at the Exhibitionism launch.
The guitarist admitted he felt the “warmth” of support as he walked the red carpet at the launch of their Exhibitionism show at London’s Saatchi gallery.
“I’m here and I feel the warmth. I realise that this band has done what it should have done,” he added. “And maybe it’s still got a bit more juice in it, I’m hoping.”
Mick Jagger was also asked if he was going to retire, to which he replied: “No, not really.”
Several years ago producer Don Was said that he ‘was doing his best’ to convince the group to do a blues album when asked by ATN editor. It seems that it has come to fruition.