As reported by Variety, multiple sources have confirmed that the two surviving members of The Beatles have both contributed to a new Rolling Stones album.
That project is still unannounced, but is said to be produced by Andrew Watt and feature both McCartney and Starr.
The Rolling Stones and the two surviving Beatles may come together on a new Stones album. https://t.co/lpfIVwLak1
— Variety (@Variety) February 21, 2023
It is understood that McCartney has recorded bass parts for the album over recent sessions in Los Angeles.
McCartney and Watt have worked together in the past. In a 2021 interview, McCartney recalled meeting the producer, saying: “I went around for a cup of tea, and of course we ended up making a track.”
In a Q&A on McCartney’s official website, looking ahead to 2023, he said: “I’ve been recording with a couple of people, so I’m looking forward to doing even more. I’ve started working with this producer called Andrew Watt, and he’s very interesting — we’ve had some fun.”
If and when the album is released, it will mark the Stones’ first new music since 2005’s A Bigger Bang. More recently, the band released the live album and concert film Grrr Live!, originally recorded at New Jersey’s Prudential Center as part of the band’s 50 & Counting tour in 2012.
In 2020, the Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger said the band had recorded “a bunch of tracks” and were “finishing off the vocals and some other instruments on them… It sounds good, what we’ve already done — [it] sounds pretty good to me.”
Just last month, bandmate Keith Richards said “there’s some new music on its way” in an Instagram post, having before said that he and Jagger had recorded “more [tracks] than I can count” during a session in Jamaica.