Keith Richards says The Rolling Stones could start work on new album next year

Guitarist says he wants to get band in the studio in April 2016

Keith Richards has said that The Rolling Stones could start work on a new studio album next year.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the guitarist said that he is eager to get his bandmates in the recording studio as soon as they have finished their scheduled tour dates. “I’m trying to get the Stones into the studio,” he said. “But I don’t quite honestly see it happening this year.”

He went on to add: “After we do South America in February and March [2016], I’d love to get in the studio in April. But I know what those guys are like. When they finish a tour, they don’t want to do nothing!”

The Rolling Stones vowed they were not splitting up last month, during a video message broadcast at the launch for their new memorabilia exhibition ‘Exhibitionism’. The band, who will display over 500 artefacts at the display at the Saatchi Gallery on London’s Kings Road from April 6 next year for six months, insisted that they have no plans to disband.

“People have said we’re splitting up since every tour from about 1975,” said Richards. “If anybody should be interested in when we’re going to quit, it should be the Stones, and they’re not particularly interested in doing so.”

This month, Richards will release ‘Crosseyed Heart’, his first solo LP in 23 years. The 15 track effort, which will be released on September 18, follows his previous individual efforts ‘Main Offender’ (1992) and ‘Talk Is Cheap’ (1988).