Keith Richards Confirms New Rolling Stones Album

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Keith Richards Confirms New Rolling Stones Album.

In this July 15, 2015 file photo, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones seen at the Le Festival d’ete de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada. Richards, at an event to promote his latest solo album, said that the Stones planned to return to the studio after a hitherto unannounced tour of South America in early 2016. “Actually, I was in London last week and the boys and I got together.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. 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.

Below are five nuggets about the new album from interviews with Richards and two key collaborators, drummer-producer Steve Jordan and guitarist Waddy Wachtel. The Stones guitarist broke the news on Tuesday, Sept. 15, during an iHeartRadio ICONS broadcast from New York City about plans to record their first studio album since A Bigger Bang was released in 2005.

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. 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. It actually didn’t start out with, “Let’s make an album.” It was just, “Let’s cut a few tracks,” you know, and intermittently we’d go back in, and suddenly we realized that, in a way, it was saying: “I’m an album now.” So then we sort of got stuck in for the long haul.

Okay, boys, that’s agreed.’ Where, when – [we] scratch our heads.” When exactly the band will record remains an open question. “I would say off the top of my head after the South American tour in February,” Richard tells Rolling Stone. “But you never know. The album — featuring Richards, rather than Stones frontman Mick Jagger, on vocals — brings in a range of collaborators including the jazz and blues singer Norah Jones.

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! The now septuagenarian rockers have toured actively in recent years, recently completing a summer swing through North America, but have not released a new album since “A Bigger Bang” in 2005.

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. 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. They recorded the new tracks “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot” for the GRRR! compilation, but the vast majority of their time has been devoted to road work. 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].

He has talked about supporting it with his first solo tour since 1993, but has yet to reveal any concrete touring plans. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. At the same time, the way we were recording, I was probably just sort of strumming through “Love Overdue” in between some other take, and then Steve gets on the drums, and suddenly it was, “Yeah.

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. Things were not really planned out on this record. [Laughs.] Steve: Some of my favorite Stones records are the records that he played most of the instruments on, like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Street Fighting Man.” As far as this goes, I thought, as a fan, I would want to hear more of Keith Richards.

Waddy: Keith has worked his whole life with Charlie [Watts, the Stones drummer], and to find another drummer he can fully relate to must be a blessing from above.

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