Mick Jagger Says New Rolling Stones Material ‘Sounds Pretty Good to Me’ — But Don’t Expect it Soon



Rock Cellar Magazine

It’s been a busy few weeks for the Rolling Stones.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic ruining the band’s touring plans, which forced the postponement of the band’s No Filter tour dates, the legendary rockers forged ahead, first premiering a brand new song and later announcing a fancy new Goats Head Soup reissue, which is due out on Sept. 4. They also recently threatened to sue the Trump administration over the use of their song at political campaign rallies.

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“Living in a Ghost Town,” the first bit of original music from the Stones since 2012, was premiered in April:

Around the time of the song’s premiere, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were quoted as saying the song came from album sessions that had been going on before the pandemic — and this week, Jagger gave a brief update regarding that album’s progress.

Speaking with the BBC’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Show earlier this week, Mick had this to say (as quoted by the NME):

“I don’t know… don’t hold you breath! We recorded a bunch of tracks at the same time we did ‘…Ghost Town’, so actually I’ve been finishing off the vocals and some other instruments on them, and doing some mixes. So I’m working on it.

“We’ve got to get together and do a couple more sessions on them. But we’re not really gonna get together right now. But it sounds good, what we’ve already done — [it] sounds pretty good to me.”

So — keep waiting, pretty much. Whenever it is eventually released, it will be the first album of new material from the Rolling Stones since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, not including 2016’s Blue & Lonesome, which was a collection of cover songs.

Jagger called into the program to discuss this week’s premiere of “Scarlet,” a lost 1974 recording from the Stones featuring Jimmy Page and Ric Grech of Blind Faith. The song is one of three previously unheard tunes featured on the Goats Head Soup reissue:

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