By Jim Johnson

The Rolling Stones are not only planning additional dates for 2016 — but they’ll be releasing their first studio set in over a decade. Fresh of the band’s Cuban debut in front of nearly 500,000 fans last month in Havana, Keith Richards spoke about what will be the Stones’ 25th U.S. studio album. Although we broke the story back in December that the band would be headed back the studio to lay down new music, Richards revealed that the album is now completed, telling The Sun, “Yeah, that’s in the can, although it might be a surprise to people and I can’t say any more than that right now.”

Keith Richards went on to say, “We did sessions in London in December which suddenly gave us a whole load of stuff. In fact, the Stones have never cut so many tracks in such a short time. Now that’s not necessarily a guarantee of a good record but there is something in the works and I’d just like to leave it up there in mystery land.”

  • Richards went on to say that the Stones’ touring cycle would go on through 2016: “We’re planning some gigs later on this year. I take each tour as it comes and at the moment I’m still shaking Cuba off me.”
  • The Rolling Stones underwent a series of sessions back in 2012, which resulted in two new tracks, “Doom And Gloom” and “One More Shot” which found their way on to the band’s first career-spanning hits collection, called, Grrr!
  • Prior to the December dates, Ron Wood told us that the Stones are all optimistic about the extended studio sessions: “We’re going to do a few sessions in December. We’re going to throw a few ideas around — I know Mick’s got a load of ideas. We’re going to see what happens, y’know, and see how it goes. I mean, if we get on a flow, we’ll have an album. But if we just have a few weeks or a few nights in the studio, I mean we’ll do a couple of songs, but we’ll see what happens.”
  • Keith Richards says that he and Mick Jagger still rely on spontaneity every time they sit down to write new material for the Stones: “Mick and I, sometimes just before we start making an album, say ‘Well, what kind of album do we wanna make?’ (Laughs) and I say, ‘Mick, a Rolling Stones album (laughs).’ It’s about as far as I can narrow it down. It’s really a matter of surprising yourself as about what’s coming out. I mean, if I knew everything that was to be played, it’d probably sound as dead, as dead as a door nail, y’know?”

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