The two leaders of The Rolling Stones seem to have differing opinions about when the band will start working on the follow-up to its last studio album, 2005’s A Bigger Bang.
In a recent interview with USA Today, Jagger said Stones fans just aren’t interested in hearing new material. "It would be nice to have a new album, but people don't like the new album when you play it onstage," he said. "They glumly look at you. 'OK, it will be over in a minute.' It's not a good excuse, but it's the truth and has to be said."
Guitarist Keith Richards, on the other hand, feels like the band’s upcoming tour would be the ideal time for the band to start banging out some new songs.
"The time to record a band is once they've been on the road a while so they're hot," he said in the same interview. "We'll think about that while we're doing this. The world needs more Stones records. So do I."
The Rolling Stones will launch their 2013 tour on May 2 in Los Angeles; twelve North American dates are scheduled through June 18 in Philadelphia, then the Stones will return to the UK to play the Glastonbury Festival on June 29 and London’s Hyde Park on July 6 and 13.
In related news, Richards took the stage with Eric Clapton on Saturday, April 13 at the Crossroads festival at New York's legendary Madison Square Garden. The two night event featured a variety of string-slingers, including Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, and John Mayer.
To the delight of the crowd, Richards joined in on blues standard "Key to the Highway" and the more upbeat "Sweet Little Rock N’ Roller."
Clapton’s set lasted for over an hour and included the hits “Crossroads,” and "Little Queen of Spades." The Band’s Robbie Robertson’s joined the guitar legend for "I Shall Be Released."
"I just want to say it’s an honor to be here in honor of Crossroads and Eric Clapton," Robertson said.
The Crossroads Guitar Festival benefits Clapton’s Crossroads Centre for substance abuse in Antigua. Clapton has staged the event every three years since 2004, but this year was the first time it took place at The Garden.