‘Hopefully, we’ll get to more new songs soon’: The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger turns focus to fresh material

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Now that the Rolling Stones have concluded their 50th anniversary celebration, the question of new music looms large. Their last full-length album was back in 2005, with Bigger Bang.

Since, the Stones have concerned themselves with polishing up unfinished demos for reissues of the Exile on Main St. (“Plundered My Soul”) and Some Girls (“No Spare Parts”) albums, as well as a pair of new tracks for the recent GRRR! compilation — “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mick Jagger says he’s sitting on a pile of fresh material.

“I’m always writing new songs,” Jagger tells Pete Mitchell of Absolute Radio in this clip, “so hopefully we’ll get to more new songs one of these days soon. That would be fun.”

What the focus of such an album might be — rock, or something rootsier like blues rock — remains unknown, though Jagger says his history has always focused on a unique blending of the two, even prior to the founding of the Rolling Stones.

“It’s one of the things I do,” Jagger says. “Really, when I was a teenager, I was a rock singer, then I had aspirations to become a blues singer. So, I’ve always done those two things. I used to do blues and rock, all at the same time, even before the band was together.”

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