Mick Jagger uploaded a video of him playing new tunes on the harmonica in the studio on Tuesday, Sept. 4, sparking further speculation that the Stones are possibly working on a follow-up to Blue & Lonesome, the band’s 2016 covers collection.
The video shows Jagger playing some blues on harmonica in what seems to be a home studio, holding a microphone up to the instrument as he played; the clip also shows a laptop with recording software open and the caption: “Harmonica playing on new tunes!”
Harmonica playing on new tunes! pic.twitter.com/BY8JJYuRtI
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) September 4, 2018
A new release from the Rolling Stones would mark the band’s 31st studio album since forming in 1962, and the first disc of original material in 13 years, although the band have released several live albums and box sets and one compilation in the past decade.
In 2017, Keith Richards, the Stones guitarist, held an “Ask Keith Richards” YouTube segment, where a fan asked him if he was inspired to get back in the studio with the Stones in order to start recording, and Richards replied: “Yes, yes, we are — very, very shortly.”
Earlier this year, the frontman confirmed in an interview that he was writing new material. He said: “I’m just writing. It is mostly for the Stones at the moment.”
Currently, it is still unclear whether the new material in the video is intended for the Stones or another project. Last year, Jagger released two solo tracks, including the Skepta-featuring ‘England Lost’.
Despite their long career, Jagger has said he hasn’t started thinking about quitting performing just yet.
“There is going to come a point when we don’t want to do it anymore, for whatever reason,” he explained. “But I’m not thinking about that this summer.”
Recently, a lost duet Jagger recorded with Carly Simon has been found after more than 45 years. The track dates back to 1972 andis believed to be called ‘Fragile’; the song has reportedly never been heard by the public before.
Collector Matt Lee found the song on a tape and sent a digital copy of the song to Simon via Rolling Stone. “I’m not doing it for the money,” he said. “I’m a collector. My motive for sending it to Rolling Stone was to pass it to Carly.”
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