The album launch was made with the incredible performance skills for which the Stones are famous.
LONDON, UK – The Rolling Stones are back and they bring some celebrity friends with them.
“Hackney Diamonds,” the band’s first album of new songs in 18 years, features guest appearances from Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. So poignant, it also features Charlie Watts who is resilient Stones drummer dies in 2021 after nearly six decades in the band. His drumming, recorded in 2019, appears on two of the album’s dozens of songs, with Steve Jordan playing the rest.
Watts’ absence casts a shadow on the excitement of Stones survivors Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood as they arrive in the Hackney borough of east London on Wednesday for the announcement new album and announced release date: October 20.
Of Watts, Richards said: “Of course he missed out in an unbelievable way. But thanks to Charlie we have Steve Jordan, who would refer him if anything were to happen to him.”
“It would have been a lot harder without Charlie’s blessing,” he said.
The album launch was made with the incredible performance skills for which the Stones are famous. It followed a puzzling advertising campaign in which a glistening, jagged version of the band’s iconic mouth and tongue logo has been shown on the facades of landmarks in cities around the world, including New York, London and Paris.
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Crazy fans lined up during the heatwave outside Hackney Empire, where the band members were interviewed onstage by “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon in front of dozens of sultry journalists. and a global online audience.
Inside the ornate Edwardian-era music hall where Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel each performed, Jagger, 80, Richards, 79, and Wood, 76 provided details of the Stones’ first studio album featuring new songs since “A Bigger Bang” in 2005. The band released a blues cover set, “Blue & Lonesome,” in 2016.
The lead single is called “Angry”, but Jagger says not all of the songs are angry. The album, he said, also includes “love songs, ballads, country sounds”.
Recorded in December and January in studios around the world, the album sees the Stones collaborate with Grammy Award-winning producer Andrew Watt, who helped assemble the star-studded guest list. , including former Stone Bill Wyman.
Jagger said Lady Gaga – who sang on “Sweet Sound of Heaven” – was recording in the studio next door while the Stones were in Los Angeles and finished the album after she dropped in to say hello.
“She walked in next to me and we started singing together,” Jagger told The Associated Press backstage. “She sang live and then we went in and cleaned it up a bit.”
The band showed a video of the song “Angry”, which features a classic medium tempo crunchy Stones sound. The clip, featuring “Euphoria” star Sydney Sweeney, was shown on LA’s Sunset Boulevard in a red convertible, passing Stones billboards from various eras.
As for why the band had to wait nearly two decades between albums, Richards said the timing largely depended on Jagger.
“When you have a singer who wants to sing, you grab him and throw him into the studio,” Richards told the AP. When they entered the studio, he said, the songs rang with “energy and urgency”.
Jagger joked that the gap between albums was due to laziness.
“I don’t want to sound tough but we wouldn’t release this album if we didn’t really like it,” he said. “We said we had to make a record that we really loved ourselves.
“We’re pretty happy with it, we’re not too keen on it, but we hope you all enjoy it.”
“Hackney Diamonds” is a slang term for broken glass, and the band also teased fans with an ad in the local Hackney Gazette about a fictional glass repair business: “When you say give it to me shelter, we will fix your broken windows.”
Jagger said the phrase is conjured up “when you break your windshield on a Saturday night in Hackney and all that stuff falls out onto the street.”
Richards said the band achieved the title after “broadcasting ideas around the table, and we went from ‘Hit and Run’, ‘Smash and Grab’ — and somehow in between. we came up with ‘Hackney Diamonds’.”
He says it’s fitting that the Stones are a London band – even though none of the members are from Hackney.
Brazilian fan Taric Fioravanti, from Sao Paulo, was among many lined up to catch a glimpse of the band.
“I love these people,” he said. “Keith Richards is one of the greatest guitar heroes in rock history.
(And) they were 80 years old. “Most bands have stopped making new music” at that age, he said.
Founded in 1962, Stones shows no signs of planning to retire. The band put on a 60th anniversary tour in Europe in 2022, and Wood said they have a US tour “scheduled” next year.
Wood said retirement was “impossible”.
“You have to keep playing,” he said.
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