In case you somehow missed it, this year marks the 50th Anniversary for the world’s longest-working rock band, The Rolling Stones.
With such a landmark occasion, many are wondering how the band themselves plan to celebrate their 50 years together. Focus on Stones rumours reaching fever pitch with whispers they’d be gearing up to head out on tour once more, quickly dispelling rumours that they’d be headlining Glastonbury Festival as a farewell concert.
And while a world tour is still elusive, the British music icons have announced a comprehensive new greatest hits collection. Entitled GRRR!, the new collection will appropriately collate 50 tracks from the band’s esteemed career, set for release on multiple formats from the 12th November.
The group also headed back into the studio to record two brand new tracks for GRRR!, “One Last Shot” and “Gloom And Doom” which the group have just dropped online. ‘Doom And Gloom’ marks the first time that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have been in the studio together for seven years.
The track was recorded in Paris and produced by longtime Rolling Stones producer Don Was, who has worked with the band on five previous albums (Voodoo Lounge/ Stripped/ Bridges To Babylon/ Live Licks/ A Bigger Bang), with the radio mix produced by Jeff Bhasker.
The first Australian airplay of the brand new single will take place on Triple M, tomorrow at 8.15AM AEST, and the single can be downloaded later that day from iTunes. GRRR! will also be available to pre-order on iTunes. Fans who pre-order the album will receive an instant download of single ‘Doom And Gloom’.
And as for that world tour? Well, Keith Richards let slip during a recent interview with Q Magazine that “We’ve got some shows in London, I believe, and in New York, but I really can’t talk about any of that at the moment. They’ve put the gag on me on this. You can hint!”
Richards also told the magazine that despite earlier reports of a falling out between himself and frontman Mick Jagger, the band were now rehearsing and everybody was getting along well.
“Everybody relies upon their instincts, especially once you start working regularly together again,” the guitarist said of the first week. “Because it pulls all the bits and pieces together, which when you’re not working and playing with the guys, dissipates, obviously; you’re not having that immediate contact.”
“But kind of two days of hanging around with the guys again, a certain demon energy takes over and you wonder where it’s coming from!”
You can stream ‘Doom and Gloom’ above.