Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger announces release date for hotly-anticipated new album Hackney Diamonds

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones took to the stage to share details on the new album

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 06/09/2023

- 14:22

Updated: 06/09/2023

- 15:23

The band have reunited in London to drop the news with a crowd of adoring fans

The Rolling Stones are finally heading back to the recording studio with an all-new album after years of speculation.

The first release in almost two decades, the band's new record will be titled Hackney Diamonds.

The rockers had previously teased an upcoming announcement after their instantly recognisable tongue logo was etched on a number of landmarks across the globe.

They joined talk show host Jimmy Fallon for a live conversation to discuss their return to the studio.

Moments after taking to the stage Mick Jagger, 80, - alongside Keith Richards, 79, and Ronnie Wood, 76 - addressed the new album and revealed when fans can expect it.

"Well we're here to present our new single which is called Angry and the video which is from our new album which is called Hackney Diamonds which is why we're in Hackney - it comes out on October 20!"

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones stars Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards


The audience erupted into cheers and applause before the three sat down for their conversation with Fallon.

The trio arrived at the Hackney Empire in London on Wednesday afternoon with thousands of fans waiting outside and in the venue.

The rockers donned shades and wore dark-coloured attires as they posed for snaps before heading inside.

The release of a new album also marks the first time the Stones have released new music since drummer Charlie Watts died in 2021.

The band addressed what it was like to record an album without their pal and long-serving drummer who died in August 2021 at the age of 80.

"Ever since Charlie's gone it's different, of course, you know," Richards said.

"He's number four, he's missing, he's up there. He's missed incredibly."

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger points to the adoring crowds outside the Hackney Empire


However, prior to his death, Watts had suggested the person he wanted to replace him once the band recorded new music.

Richards told the crowd: "It's thanks to Charlie Watts that we have Steve Jordan who was Charlie's recommendation should anything happen to him, Steve Jordan's your man."

"He picked Steve Jordan?" Fallon probed to which the band revealed it was a decision made "way, way, way back".

Richards delved further: "He's been a friend of ours, I've worked with Steve so it was natural progression.

"It would've been a lot harder without Charlie's blessing on that, you know."

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