Famed Rolling Stones axe-slinger and not very good palm tree-climber Keith Richards has confirmed street talk that Eric Clapton is a guest on the new Rolling Stones record, which should be hitting the shops this fall. The project, recorded in London with Don Was, is blues-heavy, according to Keef. He told BBC 6 Music that “Eric Clapton dropped by for a couple of numbers and it was like old times down in Richmond,” which is a reference to the fact that back when the Earth’s crust was still cooling, the Rolling Stones and the Clapton iteration of the Yardbirds both performed at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond.
Previously, Ron Wood had said that the band recorded cover versions of blues standards along with new original tracks. That was also confirmed by Keith, who said that the album features “a lot of Little Walter stuff and quite a lot of Howlin’ Wolf but the titles I can’t reveal at the moment. I can’t quite remember them and I haven’t got a list with me. There’s a lot of Chicago blues.”