KEITH RICHARDS MIGHT be on the verge of releasing his first solo album in 20 years, but he has told MOJO there’s a new Rolling Stones album on the way.
Ahead of September’s release of Crosseyed Heart, his first record without Mick Jagger and co. since 1992, the guitarist has spoken exclusively in our new issue (September 2015 / #262) which is on sale in the UK from Tuesday (July 28).
During the rare audience with “The Human Riff”, Richards confirmed that while he’s emerging from his band’s shadow for the autumn, he’ll be back recording with The Rolling Stones soon.
“Will we record and tour again? I think we will,” he tells MOJO’s Pat Gilbert. “We’ll do this year, then go into the studio.”
Apparently, plans for the band’s first full album sessions since the recording of 2005’s A Bigger Bang, were in the works before the band even took to the road in North America for their recent Zip Code tour.
“I know Mick wants to record again.”
“I know Mick wants to record again – he blurted it out in a meeting: ‘It’s about time we went back and recorded.’” recalls Richards. “I was like, ‘We’re here to talk about a tour, right?’ So that will be interesting. End of the year.”
Get the new issue of MOJO for the full, candid interview, including Richards’ thoughts on going solo, why he’s the Stones’ romantic soul, his relationships with Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood and much more.
Plus Andrew Loog Oldham, designer John Varvatos and PJ O’Rourke salute rock’n’roll’s pirate captain, while this month’s free CD, Life Companion, celebrates the songs that shaped Keef, featuring tracks from Muddy Waters, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and more.
Listen to Trouble from Crosseyed Heart.
PHOTO: Mark Seliger