Hear the Rolling Stones’ Funky New Song ‘Living in a Ghost Town,’ Their First Original Song Since 2012



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On Thursday, the Rolling Stones returned with a new song, and “Living In a Ghost Town” finds Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood feeling a little funky.

“I’m a ghost, living in a ghost town,” sings Jagger in the song’s opening lines. “You can look for me/But I can’t be found,” he sings in the engaging track, the first bit of new music from the Stones in quite some time.

Watch the song’s music video below:

Produced by Don Was, “Living in a Ghost Town” is the Rolling Stones’ first new, original song in eight years — following “Doom & Gloom” and “One More Shot,” both taken from the band’s 2012 greatest hits compilation GRRR!.

The song is intended to give fans a little bit of a treat, especially after the news of the Stones’ planned No Filter tour dates being postponed as a result of COVID-19.

Before “Living In a Ghost Town,” the last release from the Stones was the 2016 album Blues and Lonesome, a blues cover project that was also produced by Don Was.

Said each member of the Stones in a statement:

Mick- ‘‘So the Stones were in the studio recording some new material before the lockdown and there was one song we thought would resonate through the times that we’re living in right now. We’ve worked on it in isolation. And here it is – It’s called ‘Living in a Ghost Town’ – I hope you like it”

Keith- “So, let’s cut a long story short. We cut this track well over a year ago in L.A. for part of a new album, an ongoing thing, and then shit hit the fan Mick and I decided this one really needed to go to work right now and so here you have it, “Living in a Ghost Town”. Stay safe!”

Charlie- “I enjoyed working on this track. I think it captures a mood and I hope people who listen to it will agree.”

Ronnie- “Thanks so much for all your messages these past few weeks, it means so much to us that you enjoy the music. So we have a brand new track for you, we hope you enjoy it. It has a haunting melody, it’s called Living in A Ghost Town.”

And, as you might have assumed given the song’s title, “Living in a Ghost Town” took on an added relevance given the coronavirus pandemic currently holding the world in its grasp.

The most recent Stones album of original material was A Bigger Bang, which at this point is 15 years old — and Jagger told Lowe there’s a reason it’s taken so long:

“I don’t just want it to be a good album, I want it to be great,” Jagger said. “I’m very hard on myself. If I write something or if I write something with Keith Richards or whatever, it’s going to be great. It can’t just be good.”

Not bad for a quick little song, huh?


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