Keith Richards recently stated in a number of interviews that he's hoping to get The Rolling Stones back into the studio either in April 2016 after the band's just-announced Latin America tour or perhaps even before the end of this year. Now, Richards' fellow Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed that group is indeed planning work on some new material before 2015 comes to a close.
"We'll maybe go in the studio in December and cut a few tracks and see what happens," he tells ABC Radio. Ronnie adds that the band would be laying "some groundwork" for a possible new album project.
"We'll take it from there, see how it all goes," he says. "One thing at a time."
Wood also reports that The Rolling Stones will begin rehearsing in January for their America Latina Olé Tour 2016, which kicks off on February 3 in Santiago, Chile, and currently is plotted out through a March 14 concert in Mexico City.
Ronnie says he's looking forward to the rehearsals, noting that "it's always good after a little sabbatical to get back with the boys and exchange stories and start the engines running again."
Wood tells ABC Radio that another thing he's looking forward to is getting perform in Colombia and Peru, countries where The Rolling Stones have never played. Meanwhile, rumors were circulating recently that the band may also line up its first-ever concert in Cuba after Mick Jagger was spotted vacationing in the island nation.
Ronnie says, "Cuba could be great if we could get there," while pointing out, "That's not a done deal yet, but it's in the offing as we speak."
Outside of The Rolling Stones, Wood continues to promote his recently published book How Can It Be?: A Rock & Roll Diary, which replicates a 1965 journal he kept while playing with the U.K. band The Birds. The book also features newly written commentary and illustrations by Ronnie. For more information, visit Genesis-Publications.com.
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