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Rolling Stones Recording New Album “Very Shortly,” Keith Richards Says

INDIO, CA - OCTOBER 14: Singer Mick Jagger and musician Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform during Desert Trip at the Empire Polo Field on October 14, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards said the band is heading into the studio “very shortly” to record their first album of original material in 12 years.

On “Ask Keith Richards,” posted to his YouTube channel, Richards is asked: “Are you inspired to get back in the studio with the Stones and do some more recording?”

“Yes, yes, we are — very, very shortly,” he replies.

After 2005’s A Bigger Bang, the Stones released a covers album called Blue & Lonesome last year.

“Cutting some new stuff and considering where to take it next,” Richards explains in the interview. “Blue & Lonesome caught us a little bit by surprise in that we figured it was something we had to do, but we didn’t expect the response.”

Regarding an “inevitable volume two” of the covers release, he says: “I don’t think we’re going to sucker into that straight away, but it wouldn’t take a twist of the arm to do some more of that. It’s such fun to record, and there’s plenty more where that came from.”

Watch the interview here.

Earlier this month, British grime star Skepta posted a photo on Instagram captioned “in the studio” with Stones frontman Mick Jagger. No further information on a possible collaboration has been released.

This article originally appeared at Billboard.