October 3, 2023

UK: The Rolling Stones fuel new album rumors

FILE – Ron Wood (from left), Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform at the start of the concert in Berlin Valdbune during their ‘Sixty’ anniversary tour. Behind them sits Steve Jordan on drums. The Stones continued to give vague hints about the new album. Photo: Soren Stach/DPA


Will the Rolling Stones release a new album soon?

An advertisement for fictional glass repair company Hackney Diamonds in London’s Hackney Gazette sparks rumors about the British rock band’s 31st studio album about 80-year-old singer Mick Jagger.

The ad alludes to the Stones’ songs “Satisfaction”, “Gimme Shelter” and “Shattered”: “Our Friendly Team Satisfaction. If You Say Gimme Shelter We’ll Fix Your Blown Windows” (Our Friendly Team Satisfaction. When You Say Gimme Shelter We’ll Fix Your Shattered Windows).

The Stones continued to give vague hints about the new album. “Working with Steve Jordan somehow brought new energy and joy to life,” guitarist Keith Richards told dpa in spring 2022 about drummer Steve Jordan, who took over from the late Charlie Watts. Now we want to see “what can we do with the new cast. There’s a lot more in the works.” It was also recently reported that former guitarist Bill Wyman and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney were in the studio with the Stones.

Other clues in the ad also point to Stones, the BBC reported on Wednesday. The dot above the “i” is a scaled-down version of the band’s famous lip logo. The so-called company was founded in 1962, the same year the band was founded. Finally, the name “Hackney Diamonds” is in the same line as the 1978 album “Some Girls”, so it is suspected that this will be the name of the new release. The BBC stressed that “Hackney Diamonds” is a local slang term for broken glass on the ground after a burglary.

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A London phone number is provided as a contact in the ad. When you call, an announcement is heard: “Welcome to Hackney Diamonds, the glass repair specialists. Open early September, St Mary’s, E8. Sign up to call at www.hackneydiamonds.com. Come on!” Mary Street is a real street in the Hackney borough of London, where, among others, the Hackney Empire Theatre.