Keith Richards gives update on Rolling Stones’ next album
Veteran rocker Keith Richards and the enduring Rolling Stones ain’t stopping just yet with an upcoming album and tour on the way. The band is currently working on their next record and it will their first one of original material since 2005’s ‘A Bigger Bang’. They did release one studio album of covers in 2016 ‘Blue & Lonesome’. Now in their late 70s, it would seem logical for the Stones to retire already, but Richards explains why they haven’t. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Richards was asked if they ever get tired of the life on the road after doing it for decades upon decades in their whole career. He simply answered, “not at all”. “I mean, hey, how bad can it be?” he adds.
Talking about the making of their upcoming original album, Richards reveals that they spent the holidays going through the material they have been writing. “Sometimes it’s not as much writing as listening to what’s been written and figuring it out, and honing and all kinds of stuff,” he said. “It’s very boring. It’s like a carpentry shop.”
Guitarist Ronnie Wood also shares that Richards and frontman Mick Jagger wanted to “make sure the songs were really good” when it was thought that the recording process was paused for some time.
Richards also shares that the Stones are now set to head back into the studio and are set to go out on their first US tour in five years.
“You get up there and do what you love to do, and fortunately so do millions of others. It’s not something to turn your nose up at, you know. And it’s what I do. It’s the way the band feels. You can only do this is everybody is absolutely on. And the fact they all are is an incredible tribute to the lads. They just want to do it”, Richards says.
He added, “I think it’s also, how can you stop? Because I think it has to be written in a different way, whatever the ending is.”