Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger said on Twitter that “Living in a Ghost Town” was recorded prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Stones were in the studio recording new material before the lockdown & one song – Living in a Ghost Town – we thought would resonate through the time we’re living in,” he wrote.
Jagger further discussed “Living in a Ghost Town” Thursday on Beats 1 radio with Zane Lowe, saying he wrote the song with Keith Richards over a year ago.
“It wasn’t written for now, but it was just one of those odd things,” Jagger said. “It was written about being in a place which was full of life but is now bereft of life so to speak.”
Jagger also compared the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.
“The Rolling Stones have been a big concert band in other decades and other eras, where the Beatles never even did an arena tour — you know, Madison Square Garden, or, with a decent sound system,” Jagger said. “They broke up before they even, that business started, the touring business for real.”
“Living in a Ghost Town” is the Rolling Stones’ first original composition since ‘Doom and Gloom’ and “One More Shot,” released on the 2012 compilation album ‘GRRR!’ The band is working on a followup to its 2005 album, ‘A Bigger Bang,’ its most recent album of new material.”