By Brian Ives
Rolling Stones fans have known that the band has been working on a blues album for a while, and now it looks like it will be released before the end of the year.
Frontman Mick Jagger recently tweeted “Watch this space #playingtheblues” with a photo of a case filled with harmonicas.
Meanwhile, both Jagger and the Rolling Stones’ official twitter accounts have changed their profile photo to a Stones lips and tongue logo that is mostly blue.
While both of those things just feed into rumors, longtime Stones producer Don Was told a French media outlet that “The album consists of covers of blues songs of Chicago. It was recorded live in the studio in just three days, with the musicians in a circle around the microphones. There was no retouching on the pieces. The record sounds very crude, very authentic. It captures the essence of what they are.” He also apparently said that the album is due out in December.
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Meanwhile, the Stones play the long-discussed Desert Trip festival next weekend. Jagger tweeted about that as well, asking fans what songs they want to hear.