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Keith Richards Hopes to Have New Album Out This Year, Considering Solo Tour

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Keith Richards hopes to have a solo album out this fall, and he might just follow the upcoming Rolling Stones dates with his first solo tour since 1993.

So far, however, this project doesn’t have a title or release date. “We’re looking for the right time slot to bring it out,” Richards told Rolling Stone. “The Stones have been working so much lately that I’ve been holding off until we could find a reasonable time. I think it’s September, but I don’t know for sure.”

As with his two previous solo records — 1988’s Talk is Cheap and 1992’s Main Offender — Richards is working mostly with drummer and co-producer Steve Jordan, as well as guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Rolling Stones backup singer Bernard Fowler.

After the album comes out, Richards is thinking about hitting the road in support of it. “That’s being kicked around,” Richards told the magazine. “At the moment, I’m just getting my head into the Stones, and I haven’t really thought about what I’m going to do afterwards. But usually if I put a record out, I do some road work. So it’s possible.”

Even with this flurry of solo activity, Richards admitted that he’d love to be working on a new Rolling Stones album — their first since 2005’s A Bigger Bang — instead. “We’re talking about doing some recording after this tour, but there’s nothing definite,” he said. “We just threw out the idea. I’d like to get the boys back in the studio again, yeah. Anything can happen.”

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