The Rolling Stones gather no moss

Ashely Spencer

The Rolling Stones are a band that needs no introduction. After being in the music industry for fifty years they have released more than twenty albums and won countless awards. This November the band is slated to release a new compilation album, “GRRR!” which will feature two new songs. The first, “Doom and Gloom,” has already been released.

“Doom and Gloom” is The Rolling Stones first new song is six years but it is reminiscent of a song from decades ago. With guitar riffs that are as familiar as a childhood friends, the song resonates for any Stones fan. It is a return to the sound that the band was originally known for. Similarity in tones to “Gimme Shelter” are impossible to miss and paired with Jagger’s iconic voice it sells the idea that much more.

The lyrics of the song are very true to the bands image. In an effort to discuss the current state of America countless references are made to the history of the last ten years. Lyrics about crashing planes, mounting garbage and losing treasure in an overseas war. It’s not hard to figure out why the song is called “Doom and Gloom.”

The track looks to be one of the last ever released by the band. In an interview with Billboard Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys said “The reality is this train is going to pull into the last station pretty soon—I don’t know how soon. I’ve been saying this since 1980,” he told Billboard. “But I feel like it’s kind of winding down. This may be sort of the ‘Sayonara, see you later, had a good time, keep in touch.”

With that thought looming over fans heads they can only hope the band plans on prolonging this upcoming tour. To the disbelief of thousands the band turned down a the opportunity to play at the new Barclays center and instead will be playing in Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center Dec. 13 and 15. Tickets go on sale Oct. 26 and start at 95$. For those who can’t afford to see the show fear not as the Stones are also premiering a new documentary on HBO this November. In addition MoMA will host a Rolling Stones film retrospective from November 15th to December 2nd. The exhibit will feature former documentaries and concert footage and of course a slue of music videos.

It’s hard to tell if this will be the last time fans will be able to see Jagger do his chicken walk across stage but chances are this band won’t stop rocking till they’re dead.