Fresh off their appearance on last weekend’s One World: Together at Home telethon with an affecting version of their 1969 anthem “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” The Rolling Stones surprised fans earlier today with a brand-new song appropriate to these isolated, sheltering-at-home times. Alternately bluesy, funky, and rocking, “Living in a Ghost Town” conjures the kind of imagery that any of us looking out a window onto an empty street can surely appreciate.
The track was cut “well over a year ago in L.A. for part of a new album, an ongoing thing,” Keith Richards reveals on the band’s website, “and then shit hit the fan. Mick and I decided this one really needed to go to work right now and so here you have it.” Jagger opined that the band felt the original song would “resonate through the times that we’re living in right now. We worked on it in isolation. And here it is!” Ronnie Wood singles out its “haunting melody” and Charlie Watts says, “I think it captures a mood and I hope people who listen to it will agree.”
You can watch the official music video for “Living in a Ghost Town” right here. If the video doesn’t work on your browser, visit YouTube at this link.
In addition to its appearance on all streaming services and Amazon.com (U.S. Link / U.K. Link), the track is available exclusively through The Rolling Stones’ webstore in physical CD and colored vinyl (both orange and purple formats).