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Rolling Stones New Album Due in 2018

The Rolling Stones shooting the video for 'I Go Wild' in Ex Templo de San Lázaro, Mexico City in January 1995. © Fernando Aceves

The Rolling Stones are reportedly working on new studio album. According to the Mail Online both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have been at recording studios in London and New York. And their label Universal has renewed a contract for a new LP. Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts will also be involved.

Before that the band will be releasing a live compilation album in time for Christmas. Then next year will release the new studio album, perhaps finishing it after they complete their upcoming European ‘No Filter’ tour, which kicks off on 9 September at Hamburg, Germany and finishes in Paris on 22 October.

Keith Richards performing with The Rolling Stones onstage at the Feyenoordstadion Rotterdam, Holland in August 2003. © Dimitri Hakke

According to the Mail Online a ‘musical insider’ said, “Both Mick and Keith would rather be carried off stage in a coffin than give up their great love—writing and making music. They were experimenting in the studio earlier this year, and everything just gelled. They ended up with around 15 tracks which they have cut down to album-length, and when the label execs heard it they were thrilled. Age is no barrier to brilliant music, and there is no doubt the new stuff will sell.”

The Stones released their last album in December 2016. Called Blue And Lonesome it was an album of blues covers recorded in just three days, and was their first album in more than ten years, since 2005. The album got some great reviews and was No. 1 in the UK charts.

Mick and Keith performing at the The Roundhouse, London, UK in March 1971. © Pete Smith

In their review of it Rolling Stone said, “Made on impulse, as a much-needed break during other studio work, Blue and Lonesome is a monument to muscle memory. Solos are brief and tight, evoking the honed-punch effect of the original recordings. The running highlight throughout the album is the churning ensemble bond: the hot-plate jump of the guitars over the chasing rhythm in the Little Walter sprint "I Gotta Go"; the feral, stalking tension in Magic Sam's "All of Your Love" as Jagger tears at the title lyric like an upper-octave Howlin' Wolf.”

One of the shots from the very first photo shoot in early 1963. Taken five days after Andrew Loog Oldham signed the band. © Philip Townsend

All in their 70s and with a collective age of 292 the Stones don’t seem to want to retire any time soon. And fans don’t seem to want them to either. Their No Filter European tour sold out in minutes, and the band did a Latin America tour last year, called América Latina Olé Tour 2016, which ended with them playing a historic, and free, concert in Havana, Cuba to 500,000 fans.

Rolling Stones on stage at their celebrated Steel Wheels Tour in Los Angeles, in October 1989. © Eugene Adebari

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