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Keith Richards Wants The Rolling Stones To Record Fresh Off The Road

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Although Keith Richards is downshifting into solo mode for the remainder of 2015, he’s still itching to get the Rolling Stones back in the studio to record their long-awaited followup to 2005’s A Bigger Bang. Richards, who on September 18th will release both his first new solo album in 23 years called, Crosseyed Heart — along with the new Netflix documentary, Keith Richards: Under The Influence — spoke about getting the Stones back in the studio telling The New York Times, “My favorite dream is to get the Rolling Stones off of a tour and straight into the studio. It’ll probably never happen, but I can hear the band that tight, when it’s really honed and toned and all the screws are in the right place. A lot of the earlier records we made were in between tours. We’d come straight off the road and go straight into the studio, which is why some of those records have so much bounce and hit on them — the energy.”

Richards revealed that the Stones will be touring again in 2016, saying: “We’re playing South America in February and March, and I would like to get in the studio around April or May next year. It’s been too long. They need to record. I can feel something in my bones saying we have to record. And maybe this (solo album) will be a little kick up the arse.”

Keith Richards shed light on his hot and cold sibbling-like life long relationship with Mick Jagger: “Healthy competition is O.K. Mick and I’s relationship is, we’ve known each other longer than anybody else. We’ve known each other since we were four or five years old. There’s been a lot of gaps in between, but at the same time, you’ve known somebody from the playground. We twist and turn. I mean, yeah, now and again we have beefs because we’re like brothers in that respect, and what brothers don’t have beefs now and again?”

Richards spoke about how issues with Jagger came to a head after kicking heroin in 1977 and trying to become his partner in the day-to-day decisions regarding the Rolling Stones’ operations: “This was a period during the ’80s. And I have to say in defense of my friend — sure, I wrote the songs, and I’m coming out and doing the gigs — but in that period, I had nothing to do with the running of the Stones. He assumed control. He assumed that he was the leader. And so when I stopped dope, and I said, ‘Hey Mick, thanks for holding the fort, y’know, I’ll carry some of — gimme the load, I’ll carry my load now, y’know?’ And it surprised me that instead of the sigh of relief, he didn’t want to relinquish it.”

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