Keith Richards hopes The Rolling Stones will record new music this year

Keith Richards
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Keith Richards has expressed his hope that The Rolling Stones will record some brand new material sooner rather than later. Speaking to Apple Music 1 (as reported by NME), the legendary guitarist notes that he hopes the British rock icons will “have recorded some stuff by the end of the year”. 

Richards did admit that he has no idea what format said music would arrive in or if it'd even be available on streaming platforms, adding: "I just make records and then we figure out how they come out, right? That’s what I do."

A new Rolling Stones album would mark the first full-length release from the band since 2016's Blue & Lonesome. That record, however, consisted entirely of covers, paying tribute to blues artists such as Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and Willie Dixon. Were the Stones to release an album of their own material, it'd mark the first full-length record of original Stones songs since 2005's A Bigger Bang.

A new Stones album would also mark the band's first major release since the death of drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away last year aged 80. Keith Richards has previously stated that current Rolling Stones touring drummer, Steve Jordan, who began playing with the band since last year, would be able to help the band finish recording their next album.

The Rolling Stones have spent most of the summer on the road for their huge European Sixty tour. The tour wraps up tonight at a recently announced bonus date in Berlin, Germany.

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.