Credit: Claude GassianThe Rolling Stones apparently are preparing to make a big announcement Thursday, and signs point to it having to do with the band’s upcoming studio album, which is expected to feature various blues covers. The Stones’ official website has been redesigned to feature a neon-blue version of the group’s famous lips-and-tongue logo, and a short video tagged “Coming October 6” has premiered on the site that features a montage of images from a recording studio.

The 10-second clip briefly shows a placard that reads “British Grove Studios, Chiswick, London,” as well as an assortment of guitars belonging to Mick Jagger, a drum kit with microphones attached to it, a Fender amplifier, the head of one of Ronnie Wood‘s guitars, a recording console and more.

Meanwhile, producer Don Was, who’s worked on all of The Stones’ studio efforts since 1994’s Voodoo Lounge, shared some details about the upcoming album with French newspaper Le Figaro. Was told the paper that the album is due out in December, and revealed that it “consists of Chicago blues covers” and was recorded “live in the studio in only three days, with the musicians gathered around the microphones.”

The veteran studio whiz also pointed out that the tracks featured no overdubs, adding that the record “sounds very raw, very authentic. It captures the essence of what [The Stones] are.”

Was also confirmed a previous report that Eric Clapton contributed guitar to two songs. He explained that Clapton had been recording his own album in a studio next door to where The Stones were working on their project, and simply had to cross the hall to join the session.

“He borrowed one of [Keith Richards‘] guitars and started playing two songs,” said Was. “It was really quite amazing to see.”

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