The Rolling Stones’ future record will feature Bill Wyman, the band’s original bassist who opted to leave the group in 1993, according to the British daily The Sun. According to their sources, Wyman participated in one of the songs on the album, which will serve as an homage to the late drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 80.
The band hasn’t officially verified the information yet, but a few months ago, one of the members did: Paul McCartney, a former Beatle, played on the album as well. The future album’s title and release date are still a mystery.
Bill Wyman can be part of the new Rolling Stones album
With regard to Bill Wyman being on the band’s future record, the unnamed The Sun insider stated: “Bill hasn’t seen the band together for years, but always loved Charlie. This record’s really a tribute to Charlie, so he couldn’t say no.”
Wyman’s final performance with the group was during their 2012 London 50th anniversary event. He claimed at the time that he wasn’t too pleased with the “small reunion” as he was only asked to perform two songs, not the entire show, with the band.
Wyman last participated in a recording session with the group for the “Steel Wheels” album from 1989. Songs like “Mixed Emotions,” “Rock and a Hard Place,” and “Slipping Away” were included on the album.
The Rolling Stones are currently formed by Mick Jagger (Vocals), Keith Richards (Guitar) and Ronnie Wood (Guitar). The band’s touring musicians are: Chuck Leavell (Keyboards), Bernard Fowler (Backing vocals and percussion), Matt Clifford (Keyboards, french horn), Darryl Jones (Bass), Tim Ries (Saxophone, Keyboards), Karl Denson (Saxophone), Sasha Allen (Backing vocals) and Steve Jordan (Drums).
The group has been performing live for more than 60 years and is among the best-selling ever. They are believed to have sold more than 200 million records globally.