Speculation has begun as to what The Rolling Stones were busy recording in Paris last week. The band - which consists of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts – were photographed leaving a Paris studio last week, with a Tweet from Jagger confirming that they were indeed recording in the city.
‘Had fun in the Paris studio this week!’ Jagger tweeted
The tweet was accompanied by a picture of the rock star holding a guitar in the crowded studio.
Nico Zentgraf, Stones expert and archivist, has said that the recording session was produced along with Don Was, a long-time collaborator, and featuring Chuck Leavell on keyboards and Daryll Jones on bass.
Judging by the short amount of time the band spent in the Paris recording studio, it is unlikely that they recorded a full album during their time there. The more likely alternative is that they have recorded new songs for a greatest hits album which is expected to be released later this year.
The group has been spending time together recently, but have reportedly been practicing old songs rather than recording new ones.
‘It was like playing in the garage, a maintenance check,’ Richards said
Although the Stones are getting close to their 50th anniversary, there has been no official word yet on what the celebrations will entail. They have, however, been busy informing fans of an upcoming surprise.
‘Exciting news [is] coming soon’ they announced on Facebook earlier this month.
Jagger also recently told press that the band has plans to perform live ‘in the autumn.’
The group also has a new documentary in the works, titled Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965
, which will be premiering at the New York film festival on 29 September.
Most excitingly for fans, the documentary features footage from their first professionally shot live performance.