It looks like The Rolling Stones‘ follow-up to their 2016 blues covers album, Blue & Lonesome, sooner rather than later. In the most recent installment of Keith Richards‘ fan Q&A web series, “Ask Keith Richards,” the legendary Stones guitarist let slip that the band will be heading back to the studio “very shortly,” and will “cutting some new stuff and considering where to take it next.” This spells good news for fans of the band, as it seems to suggest that they are working on their first set of new material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang.

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In addition, Richards alluded to the surprisingly enjoyable experience of making Blue & Lonesome, explaining that it “caught [us] a little by surprise,” and significantly raised the odds for a second blues installation. “I don’t think we’re going to sucker into that straight away,” the guitarist stated. “But then it wouldn’t take a twist of the arm to do some more of that. It’s such fun to record, and there’s plenty more where that came from. I just think the Stones have used it as a boost to their energy and viability in this day and age and see what we can come up with next.”

While we wait for more news on this, fans of The Rolling Stones can get excited for the coming release of Rolling Stones on Air in the Sixties, a new book/DVD package set that collects all of the group’s radio and TV spots from the influential decade.

[h/t – Rolling Stone]

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