The Rolling Stones Tease 'Hackney Diamonds' Tour

By Katrina Nattress

October 20, 2023


On Friday (October 20), The Rolling Stones released Hackney Diamonds—their first album of original material in 18 years. To celebrate the occasion, iHeartRadio's Jim Kerr hosted an exclusive IHR ICONS broadcast with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to chat about the album and give fans a first-listen to many of its songs.

At the very end of the interview, Richards revealed they were planning a tour in support of the new album. “One of the interesting things is when Mick and I conceived this record, we said that after we cut it and it’s a big hit [laughs] we'd go out on the road behind it," the guitarist mentioned after Kerr pointed out its tracks seemed like they'd translate well live. "That is the second stage of the rocket is to take it on the road…to break these songs out on the road is sort of the next step.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Jagger spoke about the high bar The Stones set for themselves with the album. "It can’t just be okay," he said. "It can’t just be a record with two or three good tracks." They've seemingly succeeded, as Kerr mentioned that critics aren't only calling Hackney Diamonds the best Stones album in decades, but the best rock album PERIOD in decades.

Throughout the broadcast, Kerr played eight of the album's 11 tracks, including it's lead single "Angry," the tracks with all-star features, the two songs that feature Charlie Watts on drums, "Tell Me Straight," which features Richards on vocals, and a cover of "Rolling Stones Blues" — the Muddy Waters tune Jagger and Richards bonded over 62 years ago but never recorded together.

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