Jerry Lee Lewis to work with the Stones again. Probably

The 73-year-old rock'n'roller is planning to collaborate with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on a new blues album in 2009

It's been a long time, but Jerry Lee Lewis is confident that the Rolling Stones remember who he is. The rock'n'roll legend is planning a blues-tinged album for next year, with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards both making guest appearances.

"I have known them back when they were real young kids," Lewis said at London press conference. "Ain't that something? They ain't kids no more."

No, they ain't kids. Jagger is 65, Richards 64, and Lewis is himself 73 years old. But whereas many a contemporary musician would jump at the chance to record with the Killer, Lewis doesn't seem to hang about with anyone younger than around 50. His most recent album, 2006's Last Man Standing, featured cameos by Neil Young, Buddy Guy, Little Richard, Ringo Starr, and indeed Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood.

Lewis's one nod to the 21st century was a duet with 37-year-old Kid Rock, a man not exactly perceived as Jerry Lee Lewis's inheritor.

Still, as Lewis kicks off his European tour, he is excited to "probably" be working with the Stones again, particularly for this new, "far out stuff" he has started work on. He has even been listening to music on an iPod, lent to him by his daughter.

And yet despite this toe-dip into the realm of consumer electronics, Lewis emphasised that he is still "a mean old man". "That's the name of a song we've just recorded," he added.

Now there's a track with some room for cameos.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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