Published Jun 02, 2016As previously reported, the Rolling Stones are apparently working on a new album, and it's looking as if "God" himself may appear on the release. According to sources, guitar great Eric Clapton has apparently entered the studio with the group to record a couple of tracks.
According to the UK's Sun newspaper, Clapton recently dropped into the band's London recording sessions while they were working with longtime studio collaborator and producer Don Was. What apparently started off as a simple hello apparently morphed into a jam, which led to Was pushing the record button.
"Eric was in the next studio along so he came in to say hello. They ended up jamming and recorded two songs," a source told the paper. "Don reckons it's the best thing he has ever done with the Stones."
Keep in mind, none of the parties involved have commented or confirmed the meeting of musical minds, but it's not the first time Clapton has cut music with the Stones. Back in the early '70s, he laid down guitar on a version of "Brown Sugar." While unreleased for years, it popped up on the band's deluxe, 2015 reissue of Sticky Fingers.
An ETA has not yet been established for the Rolling Stones' next album, but it will be the group's first full-length since 2005's A Bigger Bang. Caught at the opening of the band-themed "Exhibitionism" art show at London's Saatchi Gallery in April, guitarist Ron Wood noted that they'd been working on a mix of originals, as well as some blues standards.
"We cut 11 blues in two days," he told Associated Press at the time, adding, "They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic."
The as-yet-unnamed album is expected to arrive sometime later this year.