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Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Recording With The Rolling Stones

23 February 2023 | 8:40 am | Mary Varvaris

Their upcoming album will be the first Rolling Stones record featuring new, original material since 2005's A Bigger Bang.

(Paul McCartney by Mary McCartney, Ringo Starr by Andrew Briscoe, The Rolling Stones: Supplied)

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have reportedly joined The Rolling Stones in the studio as the band records their forthcoming album.

As sources have told Variety, McCartney has recorded bass parts, and Starr is also set to feature on the untitled album. Andrew Watt, the Grammy Award-winning Producer Of The Year in 2021 and the producer for Ozzy Osbourne, Miley Cyrus, Pearl Jam and Justin Bieber, is steering the project.

As Keith Richards said in an Instagram video earlier this year, "There’s some new music on its way." What's not-yet-confirmed is whether or not the late Rolling Stones drummer, Charlie Watts, had recorded parts before he passed away in August 2021.

Born on 2 June 1941 in Bloomsbury, London, Watts started playing the drums in 1955 and would go on to join the influential Blues Incorporated in 1962, where he would go on to meet his future The Rolling Stones band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones, as well as co-founding member Ian Stewart

Watts would officially join the group in 1963 and would remain an active member through to his death. 

Regarded as one of rock’s greatest drummers, Watts was known for his signature jazz-influenced style. 

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The genre would remain hugely important to Watts throughout his life, even surprising fans at Perth’s Ellington Jazz Club in 2014 with a surprise performance with The Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries

In their 59-year history, the group have released well over 20 studio albums - starting with 1964’s The Rolling Stones and most recently with 2016’s cover album Blue & Lonesome - and are multi-Grammy Award winners, including being inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. Their upcoming album will be the first Rolling Stones record featuring new, original material since 2005's A Bigger Bang.

The group remain chart mainstays, too, with 10 UK #1 studio albums and seven here in Australia. 

Last month, The Rolling Stones joined TikTok. Their first video that encourages fans to "Share your videos #TheRollingStones" has received over 17 million views. 

The Satisfaction group have released multiple TikToks, with views spanning from 961 thousand views to 15 million views. The account will surely blow up as the band continues to post and gain followers. One of the clips is a snippet from a 1963 interview in Denmark, where the band members introduce themselves and what they do. Vocalist Mick Jagger states, "Mick Jagger, I sing...songs" in a fun throwback.