Editor's Note: The Rolling Stones new album "A Bigger Bang" is due on September the 6th. A special edition DualDisc version of the album is expected in time for Christmas...
Stones Strip Down, Have A Laugh On New Album
By Melinda Newman, L.A.
The interview appears in the Aug. 6, 2005, issue of the magazine, on newsstands tomorrow (July 30).
No one would dare try to hold up the Stones' forthcoming album, "A Bigger Bang", to what is considered one of the greatest rock'n'roll records of all time. Still, executives at Virgin and parent company EMI, which will release the album on Sept. 6, believe the group has created its strongest album in years.
"It feels so real and so authentic," Virgin Records U.S. chairman/CEO Matt Serletic tells Billboard. "With this one, they've really revitalized themselves."
Calling Billboard from tour rehearsals in Toronto, Jagger says the spirited play between he and Richards and switching up instruments helped bring a renewed energy to the album's creation.
"I was playing drums and all that sort of stuff I usually never do and that was fun," he says. "Happily for the fans, my drums never made it on the record apart from one or two little hits that were saved. Keith and I were just having a laugh with a lot of it."