5 Juin 2015
Band say they've 'never been closer' amid current North American tour.
The Rolling Stones recently kicked off their summer North American tour, with the dates their first since saxophone player Bobby Keys passed away last December.
With frontman Mick Jagger recently saying that he's keen to make a new record with the band and, should that not happen, will release a solo album instead, Keith Richards has now told Rolling Stone that he's confident a new Stones album will surface sooner rather than later.
"Funny you should mention [recording]" Richards said. "Just last week, the word 'studio' popped up while we were rehearsing. I said, 'Well, let's find a time. I'm ready'."
The Rolling Stones last released an album in 2005 in the form of 'A Bigger Bang'. They release a deluxe reissue of classic LP 'Sticky Fingers' next week (June 8).
Elsewhere in the interview, Ronnie Wood described the atmosphere within the group as the "best vibe ever within the band". "We've never been closer," he said. "Mick went through that terrible thing [Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott died last year], and the band has become even more important to him because of that."
Meanwhile, Jagger added that he was feeling "pretty good, actually". He continued: "Sometimes at the beginning of these tours, you feel a bit achy. But I'm in good shape. It's all about avoiding being injured. You've just got to watch it and not overdo it, and you should be able to do it for a little bit longer... It's like being on some dreadful football team!"
Previously, Keith Richards backed Jagger's plans for a new album. He said in April: "We’re talking about doing some recording after this tour, but there's nothing definite. We just threw out the idea. I'd like to get the boys back in the studio again."
The Rolling Stones continue their North American tour in Dallas on Saturday (June 5), before heading to other US cities later in the month and during July. See the dates in full below.
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The Rolling Stones play:
Dallas AT&T Stadium (5)
Atlanta Bobby Dodd Stadium (9)
Orlando Orlando Citrus Bowl (12)
Nashville LP Field (17)
Pittsburgh Heinz Field (20)
Milwaukee Summerfest/Marcus Amphitheater (23)
Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium (27)
Raleigh Carter-Finley Stadium (July 1)
Indianapolis Indianapolis Motor Speedway (4)
Detroit Comerica Park (8)
Buffalo Ralph Wilson Stadium (11)
Quebec Le Festival D’Été de Québec (15)