A Bigger Bang: Rolling Stones’ next album in works, says guitarist Keith Richards

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Keith Richards dishes on fighting ‘World War III’ with Mick Jagger.

The Rolling Stones plan to record a new album next year, the band’s 25th US studio set and its first in more than a decade, lead guitarist Keith Richards says.

Relations were so bad between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the 1980s that the guitarist calls the period “World War III,” Richards says in a new documentary hitting Netflix. In a live radio interview on Tuesday night to promote the upcoming release of his own solo album, Crosseyed Heart, the 71-year-old rock icon said he and his bandmates — Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood — were ready to return to the studio. “I was in London last week, and the boys and I got together, and yeah, there are now definitely plans to record,” Richards said during the iHeartRadio broadcast. Richards lets rip on his fights with Jagger, getting slugged by Chuck Berry, aging, reuniting with his dad, his musical secrets and the curse of being a larger-than-life character in “Keith Richards: Under the Influence,” a documentary premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. The doc, available Friday on Netflix, centers on the making of Richards’ new solo album, “Crosseyed Heart,” which is also being released Friday. “I was very reluctant to start going solo,” the 71-year-old Richards tells Oscar-winning documentarian Morgan Neville (“20 Feet From Stardom”) in the new film. “My thing has always been the Stones and, you know, you leave at your peril,” he adds, with a throaty, nicotine-y laugh. “But circumstances worked out in the late ’80s that, uh, obviously Mick and I were not going to be working together for a while. The resulting album would mark the longest interval — at least 11 years — between new studio sets by the Stones, whose last album of freshly recorded material was the 2005 release A Bigger Bang.

Course, guys have fights, brothers have fights, they’re brothers. [But] there was no sign of the Stones poking their nose above the horizon and I was really at a loose end.” Jagger, who was working on a solo album in the mid-’80s, was often absent from the sessions when Richards and the other Rolling Stones were recording the 1986 album “Dirty Work.” The band didn’t tour to promote it because Jagger was doing a solo tour. Meanwhile, Richards went off to work with his idol Chuck Berry for a recording session and concert featured in Taylor Hackford’s 1987 documentary, “Hail!

But at the same time, it’s definitely in the works.” Earlier this year, Mick Jagger hinted that the Stones had new material for a potential album. “It would be very nice and I’ve got a lot of new songs and songs I’ve written over the last couple of years,” he said. “I’ve done really good demos for all of them, which I would love to record. Asked in a separate interview posted Wednesday by the rock music and pop culture website The Quietus whether the Stones ever came close to calling it quits as a group, Richards said, “Never … He drops the names of American bluesmen and country music stars who shaped his musical tastes, but they’re the same ones who shaped every other rock star in his era — Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters — so it’s not particularly illuminating. Richards is seen telling Berry, “It’s not recording well, and that’s how it’s going to end up on the film.” Berry replies angrily, “The way it ends up in the film, that’s the way Chuck Berry plays it, you understand?” Richards says, “I understand it, but you’ve gotta live with it afterwards.” “I’ve been living for 60 years with it,” responds the “Johnny B.

Occasionally, he tells a story or a piece of one about a particular song in the Stones canon or a moment in the band’s history, but it never goes very far — for instance, when he recalls an early appearance in New York. “The buildings, the feel and the smell of the place — that night I remember writing to my mum,” he says, misleading you into thinking he’s about to say something revelatory. “ ‘Mom, I’m in New York City. He made headlines recently by saying he’d happily allow his daughters to snort his ashes – a reference to a quote he made in 2007 claiming he had snorted his father’s ashes.

Richards says that later, waiting for Berry in the latter’s dressing room, a guitar case was lying open. “I was just touching the strings, and he came in and slammed me. Now we belong to people and I can’t let them down.” Richards says he wrote his genre-defining 2010 autobiography “Life” because the Stones, after their 2007 tour, were taking a break and he wanted to set the record straight. “An image man?” he says. “An image is like a ball and chain, it’s there 24, 24 [sic].

The idea of his son being busted for drugs — I can think of him saying, ‘He’d never come to anything good.’ ” But after 20 years, Richards sent the old man a note and, “We set up for a meeting at my house in England.

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