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Rolling Stones Release New Album After 18 Years

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The Rolling Stones Release Their First Album in 18 Years. Above, The Rolling Stones at a concert in 2018. Credit: Ralph_PH / CC BY 2.0

The Rolling Stones just announced the release of their new album, the first in eighteen years. Since the release of A Bigger Bang in 2005, the band has stayed together and played together along with other iconic rockers and musicians.

The album is due to be released on October 20th, and a live tour through the United States will be following. The Rolling Stones announced the release of their new album Hackney Diamonds through a livestream with Jimmy Fallon in Hackney.

The band explained during the release interview that Hackney Diamonds refers to the windows of your car when they get smashed in Hackney. The band created a collection of their compositions and recordings from over the last few years. There are also two tracks recorded with the deceased drummer, Watts, from 2019.

“Angry” is the first single from the album, and Ronnie Woods explained in the interview that it is an overarching mood in the upcoming album. It also features ballads and some “country-style” music, as the Rolling Stones return to their origins in this album. Their first experience was in British skiffle music.

Rock History in an Album

The genre in the 1950s in England gave rise to most 1960s British rock. The likes of The Who, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, and Jeff Beck among others have their roots in skiffle music. Jimmy Fallon also takes from this in the live.

The band collected a series of recordings and songs written over the years, including two songs featuring recordings with late drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away in 2021.

The album was produced by Andrew Watt, who has worked with such prominent figures as Elton John, Eddie Vedder, and Ozzy Osbourne. Rumor has it he will also be producing Pearl Jam’s upcoming album. The video for “Angry” was directed by Francois Rousselet. It will star the actress Sydney Sweeney, who has already also starred in “The White Lotus” and “Euphoria.”

The Stones also included tracks by Lady Gaga in the album, but they have not mentioned other featured artists. However, they are expected once the album comes out. Ronnie Woods mentioned in the interview that he has recently played with Van Morrison, and his presence is possible in the tracks or live tour. Stevie Wonder’s presence in the album is considered a near certainty.

Mick Jagger was excited to introduce his tracks. Ronnie Woods was sober as usual, though visibly excited, and Keith appeared in his typical cool demeanor.

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