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Keith Richards reveals The Rolling Stones are writing new music with drummer Steve Jordan

The Rolling Stones
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Keith Richards has revealed that The Rolling Stones are working on fresh music with new touring drummer Steve Jordan.

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning (opens in new tab), the guitarist speaks on the process of writing with a new lineup, saying that “it'll be interesting to find out the dynamics now that Steve's in the band”, adding that the group is “sort of metamorphosing into something else”.

Steve Jordan began touring with The Rolling Stones following the death of longtime drummer Charlie Watts last year. Watts was a member of the band for almost six decades.

Richards explains that he, Mick Jagger and Jordan have written “eight or nine new pieces of material”, which he adds is “overwhelming by our standards”.

Sometimes that happens, but “other times, it doesn't”, he continues. Pressed on why creativity comes in waves, Richards jokes, “It's the muse thing, you know, if I could find her address!”

Elsewhere in the interview, Richards is shown rehearsing with his solo band, the X-Pensive Winos – which also features Steve Jordan on drums – ahead of the Love Rocks NYC benefit concert, which took place at the New York's Beacon Theater on Thursday night (March 10).

The Stones' next album will follow 2016's Blue & Lonesome, which saw the band cover classic blues tracks by Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and more.

The band will embark on a 60th Anniversary UK and European tour later this year, hitting Madrid on June 1 before heading to Munich, Liverpool, Amsterdam, Bern, Milan, London and more.

“Sorry to keep you all hanging around, but the waiting is over,” Richards says. “I’ve always said the best place for rock and roll is on being on stage with the Stones and this year is very special. Looking forward to rehearsing with Mick and Ronnie and some friends, the wheels are in motion. See you all very soon.”

Guitarist Ronnie Wood adds: “When I look out at the sea of people when we play in Europe all I can see is smiles. It’s heart-warming and I’m glad we make people happy every time we play live. Can’t wait to get on this brand-new stage with the boys and have some fun.”

See below for a full list of dates.

  • Jun 01 – Madrid, Spain @ Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
  • Jun 05 – Munich, Germany @ Olympic Stadium
  • Jun 09 – Liverpool, U.K. @ Anfield Stadium
  • Jun 13 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Johan Cruijff Arena
  • Jun 17 – Bern, Switzerland @ Wankdorf Stadium
  • Jun 21 – Milan, Italy @ San Siro Stadium
  • Jun 25 – London, U.K. @ American Express Presents BST Hyde Park
  • Jul 03 – London, U.K. @ American Express Presents BST Hyde Park
  • Jul 11 – Brussels, Belgium @ King Baudouin Stadium
  • Jul 15 – Vienna, Austria @ Ernst Happel Stadium
  • Jul 19 – Lyon, France @ Groupama Stadium
  • Jul 23 – Paris, France @ Hippodrome Paris
  • Jul 27 – Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Veltins Arena
  • Jul 31 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Friends Arena

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Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).