by Alisha Jackson
Remember when Eric Clapton was spotted recording with the Rolling Stones over the summer? A source close to the band revealed, “Eric was in the next studio along so he came in to say hello,” and “they ended up jamming and recorded two songs.” The source added that producer Don Was said it was “the best thing he has ever done with the Stones.”
While the Stones have yet to confirm the new music, they’ve been dropping some major hints on social media, most of which point to the blues.
Yesterday, Mick Jagger tweeted out a photo of a harmonica case with Rolling Stones picks thrown in, and cleverly captioned it with the hashtag #playingtheblues.
This morning, he tweeted out “rehearsing something new.”
And less than an hour ago, the band swapped out their classic red tongue logo for a blue one, across their entire online presence.
In a new interview with the French outlet Le Figaro, as translated by Google, producer Was confirmed the genre of the album, and revealed that it is scheduled to be released this December. “The album consists of covers of blues songs of Chicago,” he began. “It was recorded live in the studio in just three days, with the musicians in a circle around the microphones. There was no retouching on the pieces. The record sounds very crude, very authentic. It captures the essence of what they are.”
Was also confirmed that as suspected, Eric Clapton will be in the record. “He was recording his own album in the studio next door,” he explained. “He had only to cross the hall to join! Hearing them play in the studio, he had also gasped. He was still a teenager when he saw them in the clubs of Richmond in their infancy, as a fan. He borrowed one of Keith’s guitars and started playing two songs. It was exceptional enough to see.”