The Rolling Stones‘ former bassist Bill Wyman is set to release his first UK solo album in 33 years.
‘Back To Basics’ is set for release on June 22 and follows 1982’s self-titled ‘Bill Wyman’. A press release for the album says it has been inspired by Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and JJ Cale and calls it “a meld of styles and genres… uplifting in a jaunty, dancey way and pensive in a bluesy, narrative way.”
Speaking about the release, Wyman comments: “Initially I thought ‘I’m a bit old for this’ but then I thought all the old blues musicians played till they dropped so why don’t I give it a go”. The album is made up of eight new tracks and five songs reworked from old demos.
The ‘Back To Basics’ tracklisting is:
‘What & If & When & Why’
‘I Lost My Ring’
‘Love, Love, Love’
‘Stuff (Can’t Get Enough)’
‘Running Back To You’
‘I’ll Pull You Through’
‘Just A Friend Of Mine’
‘It’s A Lovely Day’
‘I Got Time’
In 2013 Wyman said he would “never” play live with The Rolling Stones again. Wyman, who played with the The Rolling Stones between 1962 until 1993, joined the band onstage for their 50th anniversary gigs at London’s O2 Arena in November 2012, but then said that he would not be interested in rejoining the group on a permanent basis because he has “better things to do”.
Speaking to Huffington Post, Wyman seemingly ruled out the possibility of performing with his former bandmates ever again. “The nice thing was that my kids saw me on stage with the Stones,” he said. “They’d asked me the December before, and I had to jam with them for three days. I was under the impression I was going to get really involved, but when it came to it, they only wanted me to do two songs, which was very disappointing.”
He then added: “I’ve always maintained that you can’t go back to things, and they can never be the same. it’s like a school reunion, or Tony Hancock’s Army reunion. If you try to go back and have a relationship with someone, it doesn’t work, and it’s the same musically. It doesn’t work. It was a one-off. Five minutes. OK, never again. No regrets, we’re still great friends.”