In a new interview with The Quietus, Richards confirms that all four members of the band recently met and agreed, “Yes! We must go in the studio!”
“I was at a meeting with the lads three or four days ago where everybody said, ‘Yes! We must go in the studio!'”
“Where or when I can’t yet say but in the near future. At last I’ve got the boys wanting to get into the studio. They all have to want to do it at the same time. That’s the thing with guys – you can’t drag ’em in at gunpoint – but I’ve got the message that they want to. I’m hopeful, y’know?”
It has been 10 years since The Rolling Stones released an album, 2005’s ‘A Bigger Bang.’ Richards explained that though there has been a long wait, the group “never” came close to splitting. “They just hibernate,” he said.
Richards recently told Entertainment Weekly he was trying to get the band in the studio, adding “I don’t quite honestly see it happening this year.”
“After we do South America in February and March , I’d love to get in the studio in April,” he continued. “But I know what those guys are like. When they finish a tour, they don’t want to do nothing!”
Keith Richards releases his third solo album ‘Crosseyed Heart’ on September 18. On the same day, a new Keith Richards documentary will be available on Netflix. Keith Richards: Under The Influence has been directed by Morgan Neville, the Oscar winner behind 20 Feet From Stardom.
Richards’ history is delved into during the film, as well as highlighting the process of recording new solo album ‘Crosseyed Heart’; his first solo record in 23 years. “With the Stones going into hibernation, I was itching to get back into the studio and cut a few tracks,” he says in the trailer.
“I know who I am. But I realise, people think Keith Richards is smoking a joint, bottle in his hand, cursing the fact that the liquor store’s closed,” laughs the Rolling Stones legend, sitting amid an obligatory haze of cigarette smoke.