Ronnie Wood, guitarist with The Rolling Stones has predicted their new album will arrive in 2020.
Wood’s overcame a cancer battle in 2017 and revealed his plight to The Sun newspaper, “After 50 years of chain-smoking, my life was hanging by a thread…”
“But I survived. The doctors were able to remove the tumor from my left lung. Thank God the cancer had not spread. Now my lungs are working like a young man who never smoked. I finally quit smoking four years ago.”
Wood cited the 70’s as the wildest years saying that decade was “by far my wildest time. Not to forget Charlie [Watts], who had laryngeal cancer a few years ago…”
“And Keith [Richards] with his heavy bleeding after falling from a palm tree. Everything went well – a big miracle. The Stones are simply indestructible.”
The band was also forced to alter its tour plans in early 2019 as a result of singer Mick Jagger’s heart surgery.
The Rolling Stones later returned despite the various health problems, with a successful run of shows that helped them become one of the most profitable touring acts of the past decade.
Wood also spoke about the rockers’ next album. The band reveal an all-new LP in 2016 but instead worked on the covers record Blue & Lonesome. “The new album is like a puzzle. We still have to put the missing pieces together. We hope to release it in 2020 and then continue our world tour.”