Keith Richards Confirms Rolling Stones Are Writing New Songs
ROSKILDE, DENMARK - JULY 03: Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones headlines the Roskilde Festival 2014 on July 3, 2014 in Roskilde, Denmark. (Photo by Rob Ball/Redferns via Getty Images)
Keith Richards confirmed to be writing new songs with the Rolling Stones during an interview on CBS Sunday Morning.
Richards appearance started with him reunited with his solo band the X-pensive Winos to perform at the benefit concert, Love Rocks NYC 2022 at the Beacon Theatre last Thursday night. He was joined by drummer Steve Jordan, who toured with the Stones last year following the death of Charlie Watts.
The legendary guitarist has released three albums with the Winos and they have celebrated the 30th anniversary of “Main Offender.” It’s been 30 years since Richards and the Winos last hit the road. One of the changes on Richards that can be noticed since then, is that the cigarettes are gone. After 55 years, he quietly quit smoking just two years ago.
As for the Stones, they’ve toured steadily for 60 years now, except for a seven-year stretch in the ’80s, when Mick Jagger launched a solo career. Richards shared:
“Mick wanted to do separate things, and I didn’t!”
The 78-year-old musician admitted that the Stones are planning to be back on tour this summer to celebrate their 60 years of making music. Richards explained:
“It’ll be interesting to find out the dynamics now that Steve’s in the band.
“It’s sort of metamorphosing into something else. I was working with Mick last week, and Steve, and we came up with some, eight or nine new pieces of material. Which is overwhelming by our standards. Other times, [songwriting is] like a desert.”
The Stones’ last album with their original material was in 2005’s A Bigger Bang. In 2015, the band released an album Blue & Lonesome which was made up of blues cover songs. In 2021, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers released a 40th anniversary edition of their 1981 album Tattoo You, which included additional parts recorded recently by Watts prior to his death.
Watch the full interview below.