Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones has a new solo single, “Trouble,” which debuted this morning on the U.K.’s BBC Radio 2 just hours after his band wrapped up its Zip Code Tour of North America with a concert in Quebec City. The tune will appear on Richards’ first solo album in more than 20 years, Crosseyed Heart, which will be released on September 18.
“Trouble” will get its official release on Friday, July 17. The ragged-yet-melodic song features plenty of Keith’s trademark slashing riffs and lyrically appears to be about a female friend who has landed behind bars.
“Just because I can’t see ya, see ya anymore/ That’s because, honey, you’re doing two to four,” Richards sings. “Maybe trouble is your middle name/ The trouble is that that’s your game.” You can check out the tune by visiting BBC Radio 2 online at BBC.co.uk and go to the two-hour-and-five-minute mark of the archived show.
RollingStone.com has shared some new details about Crosseyed Heart, which Keith co-produced with his frequent collaborator Steve Jordan. Norah Jones will duet with Richards on a ballad titled “Illusion,” Aaron Neville will appear on a tune called “Nothing on Me” and late Rolling Stones sax player Bobby Keys will be featured on two tracks — “Amnesia” and “Blues in the Morning.” Other guest musicians on the album include Spooner Oldham and Levon Helm Band music director Larry Campbell.
The Rolling Stones brought their latest U.S. tour to a close with an 18-song show in front of a crowd of 102,000 at at the Festival d’été de Québec. Prior to the show, Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood taped a video message thanking fans for coming out to see them on the trek.
In the video posted at RollingStones.com and the band’s official YouTube channel, Jagger quips, “I think we seem to be getting the hang of this. I think maybe we should do it again sometime.” The Stones also posted a video segment of their performance of “Street Fighting Man” at the Quebec gig.