A few weeks ago, the Rolling Stones kicked off their Zip Codes Tour, and their setlist places a heavy emphasis on Sticky Fingers, a classic album that is getting a reissue in a few days and celebrated its 44th anniversary back in April. But it’s been a while since they’ve had a good album. The band’s sparse output of new material over the past decade hasn’t exactly been inspiring — there was 2005’s A Bigger Bang, their most recent full-length, and two new songs that were included on their 2012 greatest hits compilation. So when Keith Richards mentions the possibility of another Stones album in the cards, it’s not exactly something to get excited about.
In a new article in Rolling Stone about their new tour, Richards said that the band is closer than ever. “I think it’s the best vibe ever within the band. We’ve never been closer. Mick went through that terrible thing [the death of his girlfriend L’Wren Scott last year], and the band has become even more important to him because of that.”
He then drops the bombshell when asked about whether they were considering releasing a new album: “Funny you should mention that. Just last week, the word ‘studio’ popped up while we were rehearsing. I said, ‘Well, let’s find a time. I’m ready!'”