By Brian Ives
The Rolling Stones will release their first album in eleven years – Blue and Lonesome – on December 2. And with any luck, Stones fans won’t have to wait another decade for another new album.
A recent feature on the band in the New York Times revealed that the Stones were working on an album of new songs when they took a detour into classic blues and R&B covers; they started playing the types of songs they covered when they were just a bar band; those songs will be released on Blue and Lonesome. Jagger told the Times that the newly written material that they have recorded adds up to “half an album.”
Ronnie Wood spoke to Radio.com on the pink carpet of their Exhibitionism exhibit last night (November 15) in New York City. We asked him if he’d written any material for the album, as he’s co-written a few songs with Jagger and Richards over the years, including “Dance (Part 1),” “Black Limousine,” “No Use in Crying,” and “Pretty Beat Up.”
But Wood told us that he hadn’t contributed any songs for the Stones, just yet: “I thought I’d leave this up to Mick and Keith this time! I always come in with songs if they haven’t got any, but I like to see what they come up with.”
As for the songs that have already been written by Jagger and Richards, Wood says, “Well, those things have to cook for a while, the new songs. Those songs are going to sit for a while, and maybe get re-done. Whereas with the blues songs [for the new album], we just hit it once: bang! We had the album two or three days.”
Keith Richards concurred: “The thing about the album is that we didn’t intend to make a blues album, we just in the studio and that’s what happened, it sort of made itself. It was sort of like a long time coming.”
But we asked Mick Jagger when an album of new Stones songs will be out. He quipped, “It should be next next year. I mean, it should be!”