Keith Richards says the Rolling Stones will record in 2016

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Keith Richards Confirms New Rolling Stones Album


Keith Richards says The Rolling Stones have "definite plans" to record next year after a tour of South America.

The Stones guitarist talked about the Stones' plans to record their first studio album since 2005's A Bigger Bang during an iHeartRadio ICONS broadcast from New York on Tuesday.

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Richards, who is releasing a new solo album, Crosseyed Heart, on Friday, said in a live question-and-answer session that he was in London last week and got together with Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.

The band, which finished a North America tour this summer, will tour South America in early 2016.

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Richards has made no secret of his ambition to get the band back to work on a new album. "I'm trying to get the Stones into the studio," Richards recently told EW. "But I don't quite honestly see it happen this year. After we do South America in February and March, 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!"

Crosseyed Heart is Richards' first solo album since 1992's Main Offender. Richards shared the album track "Trouble" back in mid-July.

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Mick Jagger, the lead singer of British rock group The Rolling Stones, performs on stage at Hayarkon Park in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on June 4, 2014. The Rolling Stones staged a live concert in Tel Aviv as a part of their '14-On-Fire' world tour. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JUNE 04: Keith Richards and Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones perform on stage at Park HaYarkon on June 4, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Guy Prives/Redferns via Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JUNE 04: Keith Richards and Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones perform on stage at Park HaYarkon on June 4, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Guy Prives/Redferns via Getty Images)
Fans cheer as The Rolling Stones perform on stage at Hayarkon Park in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv, on June 4, 2014. The Rolling Stones staged a live concert in Tel Aviv as a part of their '14-On-Fire' world tour. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 03: Alfred 'Chuck' Leavell, keyboard player for The Rolling Stones, poses for cameras wearing orthodox hat with jewish orthodox men at the Western Wall in the old city on June 3, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. The band is due to play Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv as part of their world tour. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 03: Alfred 'Chuck' Leavell, keyboard player for The Rolling Stones, takes a 'selfie' with his wife and a fan at the Western Wall in the old city on June 3, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. The band is due to play Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv as part of their world tour. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Lead singer of British band Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, performs at the Rock in Rio Lisboa music festival at Bela Vista Park in Lisbon on May 29, 2014. Rock in Rio runs from May 25 to June 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 03: Alfred 'Chuck' Leavell, keyboard player for The Rolling Stones, stands by the Western Wall in the old city on June 3, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. The band is due to play Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv as part of their world tour. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 03: Alfred 'Chuck' Leavell, keyboard player for The Rolling Stones, poses for cameras wearing an orthodox hat with Jewish orthodox men at the Western Wall in the old city on June 3, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. The band is due to play Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv as part of their world tour. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger performs during a concert in Hayrkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, leads the rest of the band down the steps, with Keith Richards, front centre, Ronnie wood, right, and drummer Charlie Watts, as the rock group arrive in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, June 2, 2014. The Rolling Stones will play a concert in Israel on upcoming Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, performs with Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, left, and drummer Charlie Watts during a concert in Hayrkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, the Rolling Stones perform during their concert at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Israeli concert promoter Shuki Weiss said Tuesday March 25, 2014 that the legendary band will play in Tel Aviv on June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
Spectators enjoy the Rolling Stones concert in Hayrkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Spectators watch the Rolling Stones concert in Hayrkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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