The Rolling Stones have been teasing a potential new album for more than a year, but it now appears music could drop sooner than anyone imagined. The group teased 10 seconds of a bluesy track on Twitter on Tuesday (Oct. 4), posting the unnamed snippet along with the message, “coming October 6.” No official announcement has been made about the title of the album, which would be their first studio effort since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, the longest lay-off of their career. A spokesperson for the group could not be reached for comment at press time.
COMING OCTOBER 6 pic.twitter.com/c7XSocAIDK
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) October 4, 2016
The brief glimpse comes just a day after the band posted another 10-second teaser of what looks like studio sessions for the album, which producer Don Was recently told French publication Le Figaro “consists of covers of [Chicago] blues songs… the record sounds very crude, very authentic. It captures the essence of what they are.” Was said it was recorded in just three days. Eric Clapton reportedly joined the sessions in June.
COMING OCTOBER 6 pic.twitter.com/e8IC0vVFTJ
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) October 3, 2016
In April, guitarist Ronnie Wood said the band was on a “blues streak” after covering songs by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, according to the NME. “They really sound authentic,” Wood said. “We went in to cut some new songs, which we did. But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days… When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, ‘Who’s that?’ ‘It’s you.’ It sounded so authentic.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the Stones played a surprise 90-minute set for 1,200 truckers at Freightliner’s annual customer appreciation dinner at the Bellagio Hotel on Monday night (Oct. 3), serving up songs including “Start Me Up,” “Wild Horses,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Miss You,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Gimme Shelter” and “Mixed Emotions,” which they hadn’t played live in 25 years.