Then we all got locked down
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (Early February 2020): North America Part 2|
Mick: We chose to do a shorter tour (last year), which is fine with me. This is, in a way, a continuation of last year's shows.
Keith: I think both Mick and I felt that on the last tour we were just getting going... [W]e've got to continue this.
|Keith Richards (Early February 2020): Giving up smoking|
I've given up smoking...since October. Done that, been there (laughs).
|Ron Wood (Early February 2020): The Stones' next album shaping up|
That’s ongoing. We are very happy with the way studio work’s coming on, but, as you know, the Stones never make an album overnight. But aside from our busy schedule touring, we’re just fitting little studio visits in and it’s shaping up nicely... (It'll be) a proper new studio album.
|Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood & Charlie Watts (March 17, 2020): Message to fans|
We’re hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour. We are sorry to all the fans who were looking forward to it as much as we were, but the health and safety of everyone has to take priority. We will all get through this together - and we’ll see you very soon.
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (April 2020): Releasing a fitting song from the album in progress|
Mick: It wasn’t written for now but it was written about being in a place which was full of life, and then now there’s all bereft of life, so to speak. And when I went back to what I’d written originally lyrically, it was all full of plague terms and things like that. I never actually used that, but it was all there. It was very close to the times that we’re living through now. But Keith and I both had the idea that we should release it. But I said, Well I’ve got to rewrite it. Some of it is not going to work and some of it was a bit weird and a bit too dark. So I slightly rewrote it. I didn’t have to rewrite very much to be honest. It’s very much how I originally did it. I was just jamming.
Keith: It’s a strange thing, you know what I mean? But it’s just something that happens between Mick and me without us having to really think about it. Mick had come up with a song and we recorded it over a year ago, I think last February in LA. It’s sort of eerie when suddenly it’s coming to life, I mean the ghost comes to life. Mick and I have been in touch, but obviously only via the satellite. I had said to Don about a month or so ago, I said, Hey, this is a time for the ghost town track. And then Mick called me and said the same thing and that great minds think alike. And they said, Yeah I need to fix some of the lyrics or the vocal. So we sort of did it from outer space. But I actually liked the way it turned out.
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (April 2020): Using the lockdown to work on the album|
Mick: I mean, for me, I’m very lucky because I’m in a profession, if you want, that I’m able to work. Right now we would have been rehearsing to go on tour. Fortunately I have other facets and so I’m very lucky so I can do stuff like redo the song that we just talked about. I’ve been writing other songs, new songs, finishing off other ones so I can work a lot from home... I want to finish off some of these tracks that we’ve recorded. I can do that myself at home here in this room where we’re talking now. I can work in here and I can work with other band members and finish off things that are sort of halfway. And start creating new things completely. If we can’t all get together, we can send bits and people can work on them at home or in a studio or whatever. It shows you it was relatively easy to do that piece for the TV show in the Can’t Get What you Want piece. That was relatively easy to set to sort of make a track and kick it off and then send it to everyone else and ask them to play it. It’s the stuff you can do. But I mean there’s obviously no substitute for being together. I’m sure that it’s not going to be forever, that you won’t be able to get together and do music.
Keith: I didn’t mean to be so stingy with you guys. I didn’t know it was that long. Look, there’s more coming. Okay. I mean, because we were cutting Living in a Ghost Town as part of a new album along with several other tracks. And we just pulled this one out because I mean obviously I’m not staring you in the face and you say, You got to say it now. But otherwise there is, I promise you more stuff to come... We’ve got another five or six tracks and there’s a lot of sort of soul feel about it for some reason without anybody intending to. I’m keeping an eye on it and also Mick and I are obviously right now we’ve got nothing else to do but write some more songs, right?
|Mick Jagger (April 2020): Making a great Stones album|
Yeah, (the last original Stones album) was so long ago that you want it to be really good. So I don’t just want ti to be, you know, a good album, I want it to be great. Yeah so I’m very hard on myself. If I write something with Keith or whatever, you know, it’s going to be great, it can’t just be good. So I mean we’ve been recording, we’ve got some really good stuff, but I mean don’t hold your breath.
|Keith Richards (April 2020): Locking down|
(I'm h)unkering down with the family and a couple of friends and a dog or two and just holding it out. We got a new puppy just a week ago just to keep ourselves occupied. It’s coming out as Honey I think. Yeah, it’s a little French bulldog. About three months old. She’s really sort of enlivened the household.
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (April 2020): Postponing the tour|
Mick: Postponing tours is really bad. And the whole touring thing, we don’t know what’s going to be happening. We don’t know when there’s going to be the next football match. We don’t know when the next tour outside’s going to be. You would imagine that playing outside would be more healthy than playing inside, one would imagine, but you don’t know. And people are saying, Well are you going to be playing in a stadium that’s 40,000 people? You’re going to have 20,000 people in there, for instance. But this is all in the realm of conjecture... We’re totally in the world of theorising and conjecture as far as concerts are concerned at the moment, so we don’t know. We just have to guess that these possibilities could happen. This could happen, this could happen. We’re not going to have live concerts for a little bit I think, but hopefully it won’t be forever.
Keith: I mean the idea now of getting back on the road, and for us all to be back in crowds again without giving a shit - that’s going to be a beautiful thing, right? Just going to have to hunker down for a bit and then we can get it together. Let’s see how things go, hopefully, next year.
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (May 2020): Little Richard|
Mick: I’m so saddened to hear about the passing of Little Richard, he was the biggest inspiration of my early teens and his music still has the same raw electric energy when you play it now as it did when it first shot through the music scene in the mid 50’s. When we were on tour with him I would watch his moves every night and learn from him how to entertain and involve the audience and he was always so generous with advice to me. He contributed so much to popular music I will miss you Richard, God bless.
Keith: So sad to hear that my old friend Little Richard has passed. There will never be another!!! He was the true spirit of Rock’n Roll!
|The Rolling Stones (June 1, 2020): Black lives matter|
Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie stand with all who object to racism, violence or bigotry.
|Mick Jagger (June 1, 2020): Observing Blackout Tuesday|
It's heartbreaking to see America tearing itself apart again over issues of race. Tomorrow I stand with my fellow artists and observe blackout Tuesday to combat racial discrimination and social injustice. I pray that looking beyond this day we can all work together to overcome this hatred and division and start to heal the pain and suffering that everybody is feeling in the country. We owe that to future generations.
|Mick Jagger (July 22, 2020): Working on the new album|
Don’t hold you breath! We recorded a bunch of tracks at the same time we did Living in a Ghost Town... Actually I’ve been finishing off the vocals and some other instruments on them, and doing some mixes on them. So I’m working on it... (We'll need to) get together and do a couple more sessions... We’re not really going to get together right now. But it sounds good, what we’ve already done — (it) sounds pretty good to me.
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