We’ve learned time and time again not to get our hopes up when discussing The Rolling Stones’ future endeavors, but here’s something too cool not to note. Spinner reports that the legendary outfit have recorded a brand new song for a forthcoming tribute. Better yet, it’s a cover of Bob Dylan’s 1971 song of “Watching the River Flow” and it was recorded by an ensemble that not only featured current members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts, but also former bassist Bill Wyman.
Don’t believe it? Well, here are the facts: British piano player Ben Waters is releasing a tribute album for the “Sixth Stone,” aka Ian Stewart. For those who don’t know their Stones history, Stewart was the keyboardist and co-founding member of the outfit before ultimately taking the role of road manager at the request of the band’s management. Despite the demotion, Stewart proved a key figure in the band’s history, as he contributed piano, organ, marimbas and percussion to all Rolling Stones albums released between 1964 and 1986, except for Beggars Banquet, and also toured with the band during that span. Sadly, Stewart passed away on December 12th, 1985 at the age of 47 after suffering a heart attack.
Due for release on March 9th, Waters’ tribute album, Boogie for Stu, will seek to benefit the British Heart Foundation. Already Waters has Watts, Wood, Jools Holland, and PJ Harvey as confirmed contributors and in a recent message on his website, he revealed that he also recorded with Keith Richards, who played on three tracks and added vocals on another while Mick Jagger “played harmonica and sung fantastically on one track.”
The Rolling Stones’ have yet to confirm the report, but we’ll of course let you know if it comes to fruition.