Nearly 60 years since they first met, it looks like the Rolling Stones and the two surviving Beatles may come together on a new Stones album.
claims to have multiple sources that Paul McCartney has recorded bass parts for an upcoming Rolling Stones project led by 2021 Grammy Producer of the Year
And they add that Ringo Starr
is also slated to play on the yet-to-be-announced album
Recording sessions have been done in Los Angeles over the past few weeks and, while
it's unclear which tracks will make the final cut, or if McCartney and Starr would end up on the same song
, the album's production is nearing the mixing stage.
said in 2021 that the group has "a lot of tracks ready," and guitarist
said in a New Year's Eve post on Instagram last month that "new music is on the way."
Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, and Keith Richards.
The new from the Stones will have parts recorded by drummer Charlie Watts, now deceased.
Andrew Watt, who shared two Grammy Awards at the February 5 ceremony for his work with Ozzy Osbourne, has become a darling of rock veterans, despite having a discography that leans heavily toward pop, such as songs
, by Justin Bieber, and Break My Heart, by
The guitar virtuoso has worked with legends like Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop and, of course, Ozzy.
He also has a close relationship with Elton John, with whom he recorded
Lockdown Sessions in 2020, which included
, alongside Dua Lipa, and the Britney Spears-Elton John duet
Hold Me Closer
, in 2021.
Also Paul McCartney and Watt have worked together in the past.
In a 2021 interview, Paul McCartney described a meeting with the producer.
"I went to have a cup of tea and of course we ended up doing a song."
Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, in a 1974 collaboration.
Most recently, he was asked in a question-and-answer session posted on his official website what he's looking forward to in 2023. The Beatle said: “I've been recording with a couple of people, so I'm hoping to do even more.
I started working with this producer named Andrew Watt, and it's very interesting, we've had a bit of fun."
has reached out to representatives for the Stones, McCartney, Starr and Watt for comment, with no word yet.
The Stones and an album with original songs
The Stones, who haven't released a new album of original material since 2005's
A Bigger Bang
, have been working on new full-length albums for years, with
occasional new songs released as singles
or as part of a long string of greatest hits.
hit collections connected to their biannual tours.
Paul McCartney, living at 80. Photo Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP
His last album of newly recorded material was
Blue & Lonesome
, a collection of blues covers released in 2016 and featuring Eric Clapton on two songs.
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, the composition duo of the Rolling Stones.
Whatever form the Stones' next studio album takes,
it will most likely feature songs recorded with the group's legendary founding drummer Charlie Watts
, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 80.
Now with Steve Jordan on drums, Jagger and Richards confirmed in a
Los Angeles Times
interview that Watts, who missed just one concert in nearly 60 years as the Stones' drummer, had recorded his parts for several songs before his release. death.
"Let me explain it this way," Richards said.
You haven't heard the last of Charlie Watts."
The relationship with The Beatles
Despite their long relationship and fierce but (usually) seemingly friendly rivalry, members of the Beatles and Rolling Stones
have rarely collaborated musically
The Stones' second single (and first hit) was a cover of the Lennon-McCartney composition
I Wanna Be Your Man
, from 1963, although no Beatles performed on that recording.
Four years later, Lennon and McCartney sang backing vocals on the Stones' single
We Love You
a show of generational support
: the song celebrated the overturning of a false drug conviction that saw Mick Jagger and Keith Richards briefly jailed.
That same year, Stones multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones played saxophone on a Beatles song that eventually became the B-side of a single You Know
My Name (Look Up the Number)
, although it was not released until 1970. .
Not surprisingly, 1967 - the year of the "Summer of Love" - was probably the high point in relations between the Beatles and the Stones: they even greeted each other on the covers of their albums released that year, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Their Satanic Majesties Request
In November 1968, Lennon and Yoko Ono performed two songs for "The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus" television concert special (not released until 1996) as part of a one-off supergroup that also included Keith Richards on the bass, Eric Clapton on lead guitar and Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell.
Rock and Roll Circus.
Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and John Lennon.
Over the next few years, several Beatles and Stones not named Lennon, McCartney, Jagger or Richards would pass each other in the studio when attending sessions by the likes of Leon Russell and Billy Preston, amid occasional shots at each other in the press.
However, even as the band members became octogenarians, something of the rivalry remained.
In 2021, McCartney said of the Stones: “they're a blues cover band, that's pretty much what the Stones are.
I think our network was a little wider than theirs."
Just a few weeks later, Jagger responded at the group's Los Angeles concert that McCartney was in the audience and that he "would be joining us on a blues version."
Ringo Starr, The Beatles drummer, included in the new Rolling Stones project.
New Rolling Stones recordings would be released through Universal Music Group worldwide.
The Rolling Stones have toured every year since 2012 (except 2020, whose dates were pushed to the following year) and a summer 2023 tour seems highly likely.
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