We’re all more than a little disappointed that we haven’t heard any new Rolling Stones material since 2007′s A Bigger Bang. While the band members have all kept busy with things like writing memoirs, attending Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame inductions, and hosting sketch comedy shows, the music world just isn’t the same without the Stones around. Fortunately, they’re roaring back into our lives this year with a 50th anniversary tour, a retrospective box set, and…a new song!
That’s right, the Stones have a new single out to go along with their upcoming greatest-hits retrospective GRRR! Greatest Hits! Entitled “Doom & Gloom,” the song premiered this morning on BBC Radio 2 and is now available for purchase on iTunes. The new track was produced by Don Was, longtime producer for the Stones who worked on A Bigger Bang and the reissues of the classic Stones albums Exile on Main Street and Some Girls. “Doom & Gloom” is just one of the two songs to be featured on GRRR!; the second, “One More Shot,” will be available when the collection comes out on November 13th.
The band also has another tour in the works. Earlier this year, 50th anniversary shows at London’s O2 Arena and the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn were confirmed for November, but Stones touring saxophonist Bobby Keys told Billboard that more shows are probably in the works. “We’re gonna do some more concerts, starting in November with two in England and a couple in the States, then there’s a few more added concerts after that,” Keys said. “Keith told me a couple of months ago there was something in the wind and just be ready to go.”
As for the ever-persistent rumblings that the Stones are bound for retirement, Keys said, “The reality is the train is pulling into the last station soon, but I don’t know how soon.” That statement didn’t come without a caveat, though: “I’ve been saying that since 1980.” Let’s hope the band has some more years in them before they decide to call it quits.