Rock legends the Rolling Stones have released a new music video starring Kristen Stewart for the song “Ride ‘Em On Down,” the first single from their new album of classic blues covers, Blue & Lonesome, out December 2, 2016. The video features Stewart dressed in blue jeans cruising around uncharacteristically empty Los Angeles streets in a shiny, blue 1965 Ford Mustang, sucking on a blue lollipop, taking in the sights such as a very blue Rolling Stones logo billboard, another car on fire in the middle of the street, and even a zebra, the appearance of which is never explained. But who needs an explanation for everything in a video as cool as this one?
Featuring so much blue, the Rolling Stones seem like they might be trying to tell us something with the video, which may have something to do with the fact that the new album, the band’s first in 11 years, is a collection of classic blues covers rendered in the group’s signature style, perfected over the course of their illustrious career, now in its sixth decade. In fact, according to the Associated Press, the band entered the studio not intending to record a blues album but instead work on some originals, but after rehearsing Memphis Slim’s classic “Blue And Lonesome” to warm up, the Stones got hooked on jamming on other classic blues tracks.
“We had no intention of making a blues album,” guitarist Keith Richards said. “‘Let’s make a blues album’ just ain’t us, you know. But at the end of the sessions we said, ‘We made a blues album!’”
The band apparently had so much fun playing classic songs by blues legends such as Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, and Eric Clapton, who appears playing guitar on two of the tracks, that the entire album was recorded in a mere three days. Blue & Lonesome features 12 tracks overall and is the 26th studio album released by the band since its self-titled debut in 1964.
Charlie Watts, the drummer for the legendary blues rock group, told the Associated Press the album harkens back to the Stones’ early days in London, before they became arguably the greatest rock and roll group in history.
“It’s really back to what we did when we started. It’s what we started doing at Edith Grove… that’s what we used to do when Mick was at London School of Economics.”
Kristen Stewart, whose somewhat provocative dancing is featured in the video, is not the first famous Hollywood actress to be featured in a Rolling Stones video. The band’s 1996 cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “Like A Rolling Stone” featured Patricia Arquette and in 1997 they hired Angelina Jolie for their Bridges To Babylon single “Anybody Seen My Baby.”
In addition to the new album, on December 12 the Rolling Stones will be showing for one night only their 2016 Latin America tour film, The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America, in only 300 movie theaters across the United States.
The Rolling Stones have not yet mentioned any news of a possible tour in support of Blue & Lonesome or if they have any plans to return to the studio to work on the batch of original songs shelved in favor of the blues covers, but neither do they give any indication that now, in their sixth decade, there are any plans to slow down and retire. After grossing a massive $131 million on their 2015 tour, according to Forbes, and still cool enough to score A-list actors like Kristen Stewart for their music videos, it’s safe to say the Rolling Stones are no longer in short supply of the satisfaction that once eluded them, but rather continue out of a true love for what they do. Watch the video featuring Stewart below.
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