Ron Wood is confident that the Rolling Stones will definitely head back into the studio to record a followup to 2005's A Bigger Bang. The band just issued two new tracks -- "Doom And Gloom" and "One More Shot" on their career-spanning hits collection, called, Grrr!
Wood talked about the speed in which the band tracked the two new songs during sessions last year in Paris, and spoke about how he envisions the next Stones album taking shape, telling Classic Rock magazine, "I think we should go to the basic essence of the songwriting of Mick (Jagger) and Keith (Richards). If they need any help, I'm always there, but I don't think they need any help. They seem to be thriving at the moment, and very creative."
- When asked if any new album sessions are being planned, Wood said: "Well, not planned, but no doubt there will be."
- He went on to talk about the prospects of more group work for 2013, saying, "When that wheel starts rolling, it can't stop. And it's just not us, it's the whole organization. The trucks! I can already hear the trucks starting up. The lighting rigs, the make-up people -- the fluff and puff. The circus is in town."
Although Ron Wood first started gigging with the Stones back in 1975, it took until 1992 for him to actually become a full partner in the Rolling Stones organization, and until then was paid as a salaried employee:
"Well, after an apprenticeship of 17 years, it just went by like that. Although it wasn't a labeled apprenticeship, I felt that out of respect I would seep in by osmosis into the Stones' world."
- Rod Wood is currently celebrating three years sober.
- Wood tied the knot for a third time on December 21st to 34-year-old theater producer Sally Humphreys with old friend and Faces band-mate, Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney serving as the best men.
- In 2010, Ron Wood released his last solo set, called I Feel Like Playing, which featured such high-profile guests as Slash, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kris Kristofferson, Eddie Vedder, Stones bassist Daryl Jones, and drummer Jim Keltner, among others.
- I Feel Like Playing was produced by longtime Rolling Stones backing vocalist Bernard Fowler.
CHECK IT OUT: The Stones on July 18th, 1978 in Fort Worth, Texas performing "Tumbling Dice":
Ron Wood On Becoming A Full Member Of The Rolling Stones