Nearly 60 years since they first met, it seems the Rolling Stones and the two surviving Beatles may reunite on a new Stones album. Magazine Variety claims to have multiple sources that Paul McCartney recorded bass parts for an upcoming Rolling Stones project led by Grammy Producer of the Year 2021, Andrew Watts.
And they add that Ringo Starr it is also scheduled to play on the album yet to be announced.
The recording sessions have been done in Los Angeles for the last few weeks and despite it’s unclear which songs will make the final cut, or if McCartney and Starr would end up on the same songthe production of the album is approaching the mixing stage.
Boss Mick Jagger said in 2021 that the group has “a lot of tracks ready” and the guitarist Keith Richards she said in a New Year’s Instagram post last month that “new music is on the way.”
Andrew Watt, who shared two Grammy Awards at the Feb. 5 ceremony for his work with Ozzy Osbourne, has become a darling of rock veterans, despite having a discography that leans heavily towards pop, such as songs Peachesby Justin Bieber, and Break My Heart, by Dua Lipa.
The guitar virtuoso has worked with legends such as Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop and, of course, Ozzy. He also has a close relationship with Elton John, with whom he has recorded Block sessionsby John in 2020, which included Cold heartalong with Dua Lipa and the Britney Spears-Elton John duo Hold me closerin 2021.
Paul McCartney and Watt have also worked together in the past. In a 2021 interview, Paul McCartney described a meeting with the producer. “I went for a cup of tea and of course we ended up making a song.”
Most recently, in a Q&A posted on his official website, he was asked what he’s most excited to do in 2023. The Beatle said: “I’ve recorded with a couple of people, so I’m hoping to do even more. I started working with this producer named Andrew Watt, and he’s very interesting, we had some fun.”
Magazine Variety reached out to Stones reps McCartney, Starr and Watt for comment, still not a word.
The Stones and an album with original songs
The Stones, who have not released a new album of original material in A bigger bang 2005, they have been working on new full albums for years, with occasional new songs released as singles or as part of a long string of blockbusters. successful collections linked to their semi-annual tours.
Their latest album of newly recorded material was Blue and lonelya collection of blues covers released in 2016 and featuring Eric Clapton on two songs.
Whatever form the next Stones studio album takes, it is very likely that it will contain songs recorded with the group’s legendary founding drummer, Charlie Wattspassed away in 2021 at the age of 80.
Now with Steve Jordan on drums, Jagger and Richards confirmed in an interview with Los Angeles Times in 2021 that Watts, who has only missed one concert in nearly 60 years as the Stones’ drummer, had recorded his parts for several songs before his death. “Let me put it to you like this,” Richards said. You haven’t heard the last one from Charlie Watts.”
The relationship with the Beatles
Despite their longstanding relationship and fierce but (usually) seemingly friendly rivalry, the members of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones they rarely collaborated musically. The second single (and first hit) of the Stones was a cover of the Lennon-McCartney composition I want to be your mansince 1963, although no Beatles performed on that recording.
Four years later, Lennon and McCartney sang backing vocals on the Stones’ single We love youIn a show of generational support: The song celebrated the overturning of a bogus drug conviction that saw Mick Jagger and Keith Richards briefly jailed.
That same year, Stones multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones played saxophone on a Beatles song that eventually became the B-side of a single. Do you know my name (look up the number)although it was not released until 1970.
Not surprisingly, 1967 – the year of the “Summer of Love” – was probably the culmination of relations between the Beatles and the Stones: they even greeted each other on the covers of their albums released that year, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band AND Their Satanic Majesty Requested.
In November 1968, Lennon and Yoko Ono performed two songs for the televised concert special “The Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus” (not released until 1996) as part of a one-off supergroup that also included Keith Richards on bass, Eric Clapton on lead guitar and Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell.
Over the next few years, several Beatles and Stones not named Lennon, McCartney, Jagger or Richards would cross paths in the studio when they attended sessions by the likes of Leon Russell and Billy Preston, amidst occasional smacks in the press.
However, even as the band members grew into their eighties, something of the rivalry remained.
In 2021, McCartney said of the Stones: “they’re a blues cover band, that’s pretty much what the Stones are. I think our network was a little wider than theirs.” Just a few weeks later, Jagger replied at the group’s concert in Los Angeles that McCartney was in the audience and would be “joining us in a blues version.”
New Rolling Stones recordings would be released through Universal Music Group worldwide. The Rolling Stones have toured every year since 2012 (except 2020, which dates have been moved to the following year) and a summer 2023 tour seems very likely.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.