Guitarist Ronnie Wood told the Associated Press on Monday (April 4) that The Rolling Stones are dropping their 25th studio album later this year. It'll be the first since September 2005's A Bigger Bang. "We went in to cut some new songs, which we did," said Wood, 68. He went on:
"But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues [sic] in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic. ... When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, 'Who's that? It's you.' It sounded so authentic."
Prior to A Bigger Banger, the Stones took an eight-year recording break.
Last year marked Ronnie Wood's 40th anniversary with the band; Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts came together a little more than a decade prior. When asked about the new record, Richards—who dropped his third-ever solo album in 2015—simply said, "There's one coming. I can't say no more. My lips are sealed."