The Rolling Stones have shared their first new original single in eight years in the form of a bluesy rock track entitled, “Living In A Ghost Town”. Shared on Thursday, the song acts as the first new original from the classic rock band since 2012’s GRRR! which featured “Doom And Gloom” and “One More Shot”, and acts as a gift of sorts for their American fans following the postponement of the band’s 2020 No Filter summer tour.
As Stereogum reports, the band initially began recording their parts to “Living In A Ghost Town” at various recording studios in both Los Angeles and London, but the remainder of the process has since been completed remotely as the four main members and the production team have been in their respective isolations since the global outbreak of COVID-19 last month.
Listen to the new song via its official music video below.
The Rolling Stones – “Living In A Ghost Town”
[Video: The Rolling Stones]
While the song’s theme may have eerie connections to the empty cities around the globe with hundreds of millions of people stuck inside, that wasn’t the band’s intention when writing “Living In A Ghost Town”. Watch Mick Jagger discuss the connection between the song and the current state of the world with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe below.
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) April 23, 2020
Prior to Thursday’s single release, The Rolling Stones regrouped last weekend to deliver a virtual performance of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” during the One World: Together At Home all-star benefit event. The band has yet to expand details on their first studio album of new material, which may arrive later than expected now thanks to the global pandemic.