The Rolling Stones release a new original single ‘Living in a Ghost Town’
By Trent Sell
The Rolling Stones release of “Living in a Ghost Town” is the first original piece of music they have put out in eight years. The music comes out to the public at a time that is very relatable for too many of us. Our cities and towns are starting to “feel like a ghost town,” amidst the stay at home orders and economic shutdown.
The perfect timing
Though they finished the track in early 2019 from a studio in Los Angelos, Mick Jagger rewrote some of the lyrics to be more pertinent to living in today’s current state. One thing is for certain, Keith and Mick Jagger couldn’t have agreed on a better time to release it.
“Keith Richards and I both had the idea that we should release it,” Mick Jagger said. “But I said, ‘Well I’ve got to rewrite it.’ Some of it is not going to work and some of it was a bit weird and a bit too dark. So I slightly rewrote it. I didn’t have to rewrite very much, to be honest. It’s very much how I originally did it.”
The Stones have slowly been working on this album for the past couple of years. In fact, this is the first original composition they have released since“Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot” came out on their 2012 greatest hits album GRRR! The band has been focused on touring in the past two decades, but the COVID-19 has postponed their current stadium tour. That tour was planned to happen this summer.
Despite the gloomy state of the band’s touring news, Jagger and Richards both agree that the extra free time is perfect for getting back to writing more songs.
Richard explained “We’ve got another five or six tracks and there’s a lot of sort of soul feel about it for some reason without anybody intending to. Obviously right now we’ve got nothing else to do but write some more songs, right?”
Mick Jagger’s tweet releasing the new track.