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Eric Clapton confirmed to appear on new Rolling Stones album

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Keith Richards has revealed that Eric Clapton guest appears on The Rolling Stones’ 23rd studio album.

News of the follow-up to 2005’s ‘A Bigger Bang’ first emerged at the launch of Exhibitionism at the Saatchi Gallery back in April when Keith told reporters the band have been in the studio laying down new tracks including blues covers of songs by Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf.

Now, in a fresh interview with the BBC, Keith said that Eric Clapton “dropped by (the studio) for a couple of numbers.”

Referencing the halcyon sixties days when The Rolling Stones and Eric’s former band The Yardbirds both held residencies at the Crawdaddy Club in Surrey, Keith added: “It was like old times down in Richmond.”

Containing a “lot of Chicago blues”, the album is tentatively set for release this autumn and The Stones are hoping to announce some European tour dates in 2017.

Keith also recently said The Rolling Stones are still striving to “make their best record and put on our best show.”

He added to the Radio Times: “The Stones have managed to be part of life, without becoming passé. Also, what else are you going to do? You never grow up, you just learn a little more. I ain’t getting old, I’m evolving.”

Last month Eric Clapton said that damage to his nervous system has been causing a lot of pain and was making playing guitar hard work.

His 23rd studio album ‘I Still Do’, featuring artwork by Sir Peter Blake and produced by the legendary Glyn Johns, was released in May. It featured covers of tracks by Bob Dylan, Leroy Carr and Robert Johnson.

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