Touring is out of the question for most bands but music output is still going strong. Typical of their never say die spirit, The Rolling Stones have joined the ranks. These veteran rockers just released a song. “Living in a Ghost Town” became available to the public on Thursday, April 23.
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Musically the song is nothing terribly innovative for the band. It has a laid back, blues funk feel that is reminiscent of a lot of the music on Tattoo You, a style the band has revisited many times throughout their career.
Lyrically, the song is very relevant. Excerpts include the following:
Life was so beautiful
Then we all got locked down
Feel like a ghost
Living in a ghost town
Living in this ghost town
Ain’t any fun
If I want to have a party
It’s a party of one
Although the song very much reflects the times we are currently living in, Jagger says he wrote the song with Richards over a year ago. “It was written about being in a place which was full of life but is now bereft of life so to speak…I was just jamming on the guitar and wrote it really quickly in like 10 minutes,” the singer says.
Jagger then goes on to explain that he rewrote some of the lyrics to make the song a little less dark, but not much of it was rewritten.
Living in a Ghost Town is the first original song the band has released since 2012 when they included ‘Doom and Gloom’ and ‘One More Shot’ on their compilation album ‘GRRR!’. They decided to release the track to tide fans over until they are able to resume their No Filter tour. The band has been writing music over the past few years although there is no set date on when a new album will come out.
The band released a video along with the song. The video features the members of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts in the studio recording the song. The footage is meant to give fans an intimate look into the recording process with some shots of Jagger reading lyrics off an iPad. There are also shots of Jagger, Richards and Wood doing backing vocals with Jagger and Wood huddled over the mic and Richards standing an appropriate six feet or so away. We can only wonder whether the newly sober guitar player has a weakened immune system.
The studio footage alternates with scenes taken from major landmarks all over the world including Times Square and Hollywood Blvd., all completely deserted.
No other musicians appeared in the video although Darryl Jones is credited with bass duties and Mick Clifford played keys. Don Was produced the song.
Search up the Living in a Ghost Town to see and hear what the fuss is all about. Be sure to let us know what you think of the new track and stay safe.