Is a new Rolling Stones studio album in the cards for 2014??? Both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards spoke to Classic Rock magazine about the band's recording work 50 years on. Richards explained that last year's sessions for "Doom And Gloom" and "One More Shot" for the GRRR! compilation surprised the band, who came in cold, but still played at the top of its game: "We banged them out in Paris. I don't think the Stones have ever cut a track so fast. It was like three takes and boom! We were looking at each other and going: 'Got anything else?'"
Jagger maintains that it's definitely a plus when the band is all on the same page, as they were for the recent Paris sessions, but explained that the heavy lifting comes a bit after the camaraderie: "The recording studio is just a great big tool, so you want the musicians playing wonderfully well, getting on together, agreeing about everything. It's quite easy with the Rolling Stones, who have done it for so long. But then after that you got to do your overdubbing, so it really isn't like going in and thrashing it out and walking out the door. It's not like that."
- Richards was asked if he thinks he, Jagger and the Stones will still be operating in time for its 60th anniversary: "What do you expect after 50 years? You've got two very volatile guys, who've been through a whole lot of stuff in their lives, and still somehow, when we look at each other, manage to say, you know what's what and I know what's what, let's get on with it. Sometimes I despise the man, other times I love that man so much. It's like your brother. I never had one, so he is my brother, bless his heart."
- Keith Richards says that he and Mick Jagger still rely on spontaneity every time they sit down to write new material for the Stones: "Mick and I, sometimes just before we start making an album, say 'Well, what kind of album do we wanna make?' (Laughs) and I say, 'Mick, a Rolling Stonesalbum (laughs).' It's about as far as I can narrow it down. It's really a matter of surprising yourself as about what's coming out. I mean, if I knew everything that was to be played, it'd probably sound as dead, as dead as a door nail, y'know?"
- The Rolling Stones' last mainstream studio album was A Bigger Bang, which was released on September 5th, 2005. The album, which was the band's first studio set since 1997's Bridges To Babylon, topped out at Number Three in the U.S., but hit Number One on the Austrian, Canadian, Danish, Dutch, Billboard European, German, Greek, Swedish, and Swiss album charts.
- A Bigger Bang has sold 2.4 million units to date.
- The Rolling Stones' latest live collection, Hyde Park Live, debuted at Number 19 on theBillboard 200 album charts, and in the UK, placed two spaces higher, hitting the charts at Number 17.
- The tracks on Hyde Park Live were culled from the Stones' two open-air London shows on July 6th and 13th, 2013. The album marks the band's 50th entry on the Billboard 200 charts.
- The tracklisting to the Rolling Stones' Hyde Park Live is: "Start Me Up," "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll," "Tumbling Dice," "Emotional Rescue," "Street Fighting Man," "Ruby Tuesday," "Doom And Gloom," "Paint It Black," "Honky Tonk Women," "You Got The Silver," "Before They Make Me Run," "Miss You," "Midnight Rambler," "Gimme Shelter," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Sympathy For The Devil," "Brown Sugar," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
CHECK IT OUT: The Rolling Stones' 2005 video for "Rough Justice":
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