2016 has been a momentous year for the Rolling Stones.

They became the first major act to play Cuba since that country's 1959 revolution. This weekend, they will headline Desert Trip, jokingly called "Oldchella" in Indio, Calif. And on Thursday, they announced they'll release their first studio album in more than a decade on Dec. 2.

Their last studio album was 2005's A Bigger Bang.

The band told the Associated Press that the blues-centric Blue & Lonesome was recorded in three days at London's British Grove Studios. They also recruited Eric Clapton for two of the 12 tracks.

Blue and Lonesome also hints the band is returning to its roots. In their early days, they supplemented their nascent catalog of original songs with covers of American blues songs by artists such as Jimmy Reed and Willie Dixon.

Contributing: Associated Press