Rock legend Eric Clapton has joined The Rolling Stones to record tracks for their forthcoming album.
The iconic band are on a break from touring after ending a trek across Latin America with a historic gig in Cuba in March, and have been working on new material with American producer Don Was at a recording studio in Chiswick, West London.
The rockers then bumped into the guitarist, 71, who was recording in the studio next door and asked him to join them for a jam which reportedly produced two new tracks.
“Eric was in the next studio along so he came in to say hello,” a source tells British newspaper The Sun. “They ended up jamming and recorded two songs. Don reckons it’s the best thing he has ever done with the Stones.”
The reported collaboration will not be the first time Eric has worked with the iconic group fronted by Mick Jagger; last year a previously unreleased version of the Stones’ 1971 hit Brown Sugar featuring Eric on guitar emerged.
He has also performed the blues track which took The Rolling Stones to the top of the U.K. charts in 1964, Little Red Rooster, at gigs alongside bandmembers Mick, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.
The new collaboration will be the first time they have recorded new music together however.
According to the insider, the Stones are planning to return to the studio very soon to continue work on their new record.
“They have decided to go back in the studio later this month because they are enjoying it so much,” the source adds.
However, 68-year-old Ronnie will have to fit his recording schedule around his responsibilities as a new father, as his wife Sally, 38, gave birth to twin girls Gracie Jane and Alice Rose on Monday