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Rolling Stones Announce New Drummer Steve Jordan

Celebrating 60 years together, the Rolling Stones will replace recently deceased drummer Charlie Watts with Steve Jordan for the recording of their forthcoming album.

During an interview with Rolling Stones‘ Music Now podcast, legendary guitarist Keith Richards revealed that touring drummer Steve Jordan will be behind the kit during the recording sessions for the band’s as-yet-untitled follow-up to their most recent album of originals, 2005’s A Bigger Bang.

Addressing the dapper timekeeper who died on August 24, 2021 at age 80, Richards stated: “We do have a lot of stuff of Charlie Watts still in the can,” “We were halfway through making an album when he died… Of course, if we want to carry on recording, we’re gonna need drums, and it’s gonna be Steve Jordan.”

Longtime friend and collaborator of the band, Jordan began filling in for an ailing Watts during 2021’s No Filter tour and will play drums the group’s summer European trek. Though the veteran session and live player was up to the task, Richards, now 78, said that he was originally unsure about carrying on without his beloved bandmate, saying “I was in, ‘Oh, I cannot do this without Charlie.” “But Charlie said to me, ‘You can do it with Steve. He can take my seat anytime. And he talked me into it.’…God damn, I loved that man.”

In celebration their 60th anniversary, earlier this week the Stones announced their 14-show European stint but at press time the Stones have yet to reveal the name or a scheduled release date for their next LP.

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Author: Al Denté

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