After last year's side trip for the blues covers collection Blue and Lonesome, Mick Jagger has confirmed that the Rolling Stones are also working on new material.
Showbiz411.com columnist Roger Friedman writes that Jagger told him, "I'm working on new songs now" and that the next Stones album will be all original material during the Vanity Fair Oscar party during the weekend. Friedman writes that Jagger was accompanied by three of his children and "has never seemed to be in a better mood."
Jagger did not offer any sort of timetable for the Stones album, but the group as working on new material when it decided to make Blue and Lonesome instead.
Producer Don Was tells us the Stones have, in fact, been back in the studio since the Blue and Lonesome sessions but also wouldn't put a time frame on the new project:
"We went back in June and recorded more. It's still really early...In the past it's been a year. You don't actually toil from the 12 hours a day for a year, but it's a lifestyle record. You shape your life around the making of the record and so far there hasn't really been an appetite for that. We've been doing it in just a couple little bursts....There's all kinds of stuff and that's why I say I couldn't even tell you what's going to stand the test of time, and very little of it has gone past the initial tracking dates."
The Stones last set of new material, A Bigger Bang, came out in 2005.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.