The Rolling Stones share first new song in 8 years 'Living in a Ghost Town'

The Rolling Stones once again defy the passage of time and all expectations as the veteran rockers share their first new single in 8 years since the double release of 'Doom and Gloom' and 'One Shot' in 2012.
Posted: 24 April 2020 Words: Chris Hartmann

In a surprise announcement legendary band, The Rolling Stones have shared their first new single in 8 years, appropriately titled 'Living in a Ghost Town'. Despite the title of the track, the song was not inspired by the current global lockdown conditions.

Speaking about the release, long term frontman Mick Jagger said, "It wasn’t written for now, but it was just one of those odd things. It was written about being in a place which was full of life but is now bereft of life so to speak…I was just jamming on the guitar and wrote it really quickly in like 10 minutes." 

The new track was recorded and produced between London and LA over a year ago but had to be finished with the band currently isolating over the past few weeks. Although it would seem inspired by the Coronavirus and global lockdown measures, the band always had plans to release new material this year. Jagger has said, "We thought (the song) would resonate through the times we're living in".

The Rolling Stones appeared as part of the One World: Together At Home concert last weekend, playing together from four separate locations - drummer Charlie Watts was forced to demonstrate his air drumming skills with the lack of a drum kit at his home.  

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