As inarguably great as the band’s back catalogue might be, the Rolling Stones haven’t exactly been prolific in the 21st century. For nearly 20 years, die-hard fans have been kept waiting for a worthwhile successor to Beggars Banquet, Some Girls, or even Tattoo You. All they got was a 2016’s collection of covers, Blue & Lonesome, and the occasional human-jukebox football stadium tour.
That changes now—or, more specifically on October 20, when the Stones release Hackney Diamonds, the band’s first collection of new material since 2005's A Bigger Bang.
In a press conference today in East London hosted by Jimmy Fallon, singer Mick Jagger and guitarists Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards acknowledged that the wait for a new record has been a long one, but suggested that it was worth it.
“I don’t want to be big-headed,” Jagger said, “but we wouldn’t have put this record out if we hadn’t really liked it.”
Guests on Hackney Diamonds include soul giant Stevie Wonder, uber-fan Lady Gaga, and former Stones bassist Bill Wyman, with more A-listers to be announced in the coming weeks. Hackney Diamonds also features the last two tracks that drummer Charlie Watts—who died unexpectedly in 2021—recorded with the group.
The 12-track album is still under wraps, but the Stones have released a first single titled “Angry”. While the track might not knock “Sympathy For the Devil”, “Street Fighting Man”, or “Far Away Eyes” off your best mixed-tape, it’s at least got more stomp and swagger than “Anybody Seen My Baby?”.
Hackney Diamonds—British slang for the broken glass at a robbery site—will of course give the Rolling Stones a fresh reason to tour until at least 2050, by which point Keith Richards will have outlived every tortoise currently roaming the earth. Not to mention a couple hundred Greenland sharks.
Here’s the video for “Angry”, starring actress (and MMA fighter who could kick your ass in a Cockney street fight) Sydney Sweeney.