Rolling Stones Release First Original Song in 8 Years

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones in concert in 2017. Photo by Philippe Perusseau/REX/Shutterstock (9159691a)

Rolling Stones are rolling again. The iconic British rock group just released a new song “Living in a Ghost Town,” which represents their first original music since 2012.

According to Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger, who made an appearance on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 on Thursday, the song was penned by him and guitarist Keith Richards and recorded in early 2019 in Los Angeles. Hear it below.

“It wasn’t written for now, but it was just one of those odd things,” Jagger shared. “It was written about being in a place which was full of life but is now bereft of life so to speak…I was just jamming on the guitar and wrote it really quickly in like 10 minutes.”

Further in the interview, Jagger confirmed that the band is planning a new studio album. He revealed that the Rolling Stones were in a studio, working on new material before the coronavirus pandemic caused a widespread lockdown.

The rock legends released their most recent record Blues & Lonesome in 2016, but the record was comprised out of blues covers. Their latest album with original songs, A Bigger Bang, came in 2005 while they also presented two new songs, “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot” on the 2012 compilation release GRRR!.

Jagger explained that the reason why the band hasn’t put out a new original album for so long is that they strive for greatness.

“I don’t just want it to be a good album, I want it to be great” he said. “I’m very hard on myself. If I write something or if I write something with Keith Richards or whatever, it’s going to be great. It can’t just be good.”

Rolling Stones were focused more on tours in the recent decade and were scheduled to perform live in 15 cities in the United States this summer. However, the band recently announced that the tour is being postponed due to coronavirus pandemic and that the fans will be informed about new dates.