Mick Jagger indicated that when he posted a video of himself playing a harmonica part on “new songs,” the Rolling Stones were working on new tracks.
Despite not providing any more information, his message has fuelled reports that 2019 will be a busy year for the veteran band.
If a new album is on the way, it’s going to be their first LP of new music since the 2005 A Bigger Bang, while they’ve released two new tracks for the 2012 GRRR!. In 2016, after a change of plans, they released a cover album, Blue & Lonesome – they planned to record all-new material but found themselves enjoying working on songs that had inspired them instead.
Although numerous band members have indicated that a new studio project will arrive sometime soon, the possibility has increased following comments made in a recent interview by manager Joyce Smyth. “In terms of some studio work, maybe some live plans or other projects that are coming through the door, the roadmap is being updated for where we’re going to be for the next 12 months,” she told Music Industry Worldwide.
Are the rolling stones retiring?
Asked if any member of Stones was thinking about retirement, she replied, “Okay, here’s a real story: on the way back from Warsaw, from the last gig on No Filter [tour], as we were on the plane, one of the managers, who will remain nameless, said, ‘Joyce, may I just ask, is it okay to get off August? ‘I hope all of this says it.’
She also noted that “surely ‘This Might Be the Last Time’ is not on any fixed list I’ve seen. We’re looking forward to the whole time, not backward.”