Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones performs during the Festival D'ete De Quebec on July 15, 2015 in Quebec City, Canada.
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By Tessa Berenson
September 17, 2015

The Rolling Stones are going to record a new album in 2016.

According to guitarist Keith Richards, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, “[A new album] looks closer,” he said. “Don’t know where, don’t know when yet …We had a little chat. We were just saying, ‘We gotta get in the studio right? Right?’ ‘That’s agreed. Okay, boys, that’s agreed.’ Where, when – [we] scratch our heads.”

Richards had been more specific in an interview Tuesday with iHeartRadio, saying the band had “definite plans” to record next year. But the details remain fuzzy. “I would say off the top of my head after the South American tour in February,” Richards said of when they’d begin recording. “But you never know. We might try to get into the studio before Christmas. I think that’s sort of doubtful, with Christmas being Christmas, all that buildup. But at the same time, it’s definitely in the works.”

This would be the Rolling Stones’ first new album since 2005.

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