Keith Richards savages modern music as 'a one-way toilet' as he teases another new Stones album

Keith Richards savages modern music as 'a one-way toilet' as he teases another new Stones album

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 24/10/2023

- 15:09

The Rolling Stones rocker and his bandmates have returned to the charts with their first album in 18 years, Hackney Diamonds

Keith Richards has unleashed a blistering assessment of modern-day music after the Rolling Stones released their new studio album, Hackney Diamonds.

The return to the mainstream airwaves comes almost two decades after the band released their previous album and is their first project since the death of drummer Charlie Watts.

Hackney Diamonds features contributions from the likes of Elton John, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Bill Wyman as the Stones attempt to rocket up the charts once again.

However, if they're to claim the top spot in the UK album charts, they'll have to see off competition from the likes of modern-day superstars including rapper Drake, singer Troye Sivan and singer-songwriter REN.

But Richards doesn't seem too perturbed by the competition, delving into how he and his bandmates put Hackney Diamonds together in today's music landscape.

"The only way to cut a band is to put the boys in a room and play and look in each other's eyeballs," he began.

Jimmy Fallon and the Rolling Stones

Jimmy Fallon joined the Rolling Stones to announce the release of Hackney Diamonds


"Don't get me going on modern-day music," he warned during an interview with The Independent. "Push-button drums and everything is synthesised.

"Digital recording is a one-way toilet," he brutally surmised, although his take shouldn't come as a surprise seeing as he's previously branded today's music as "cheap" and "rubbish".

Whether Hackney Diamonds has what it takes to surpass the competition currently taking up space in the charts remains to be seen after the album was officially released on October 20.

Luckily for Stones fans, Richard has also teased this won't be the last listeners have heard from the band.

Addressing whether or not he, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood have another album in them, Richards was optimistic.

He told Matt Wilkinson on Apple 1: "I think when we recover from Hackney Diamonds, we'll be giving it a good thought.

"But the reason these 12 are on (Hackney Diamonds), these are the best. Also, you've got to draw a line somewhere," he continued.

Delving into the specifics of the tracks that didn't make the cut, Richards added: "Some of them, because they're not totally ready yet, they're good, but they need a little work.

Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have returned with new music


"But there's another (album) in there, I think maybe with a few more additions. But like I say, at the moment, let me get this one out the way, man."

Should the Rolling Stones return to hash out another release soon after Hackney Diamonds, it would become their 25th British and 27th American studio album.

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