Still cranking up the amps as the band approaches 50 years old, The Rolling Stones aired their new single "Doom and Gloom" on BBC Radio 2 this morning.
The tune opens with a trademark, crunchy Stones guitar riff followed by a churning beat courtesy of Charlie Watts, before Mick Jagger begins squawking about plane crashes, zombies, and economic disparity. It captures the first time Jagger, Watts, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood have collaborated in the studio in seven years.
"Doom and Gloom" gives fans their first peek at the (somewhat unfortunately titled) forthcoming record, "GRRR! Greatest Hits." The new, multi-disc set will be released on Nov. 13 in honor of the band's 50th anniversary and will feature another new song, "One More Shot," to accompany familiar hits like "Gimme Shelter," "Beast of Burden," and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." While the band postponed a 50th anniversary tour to 2013, the album is part of several releases this year, including the documentary "Crossfire Hurricane" (which is not currently scheduled to play Stateside) and a book of photos and memories, "The Rolling Stones: 50."
Take a listen to the new single and tell us what you think.
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