The Rolling Stones are about to release their 26th studio album, Hackney Diamonds, on 20 October. This in itself is a big deal for many reasons. Here’s another: It includes a new collaboration with Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga.
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The band has been teasing the song on social media, including a snippet released on September 25.
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In the clip, we hear a rocking drum groove – presumably played by Steve Jordan – along with a high-pitched falsetto piercing the air. At the end Mick Jagger’s voice comes in with a command: “Play me something,” and we hear a bluesy electric piano riff. It comes with an animation of a hand coming out from under a rainstorm, with long nails like claws. It is similar to the hands that appear on the album cover.
The caption ends with an announcement: “Sweet Sounds of Heaven” will “fall to this earth” on Thursday, September 28 at 5pm BST.
According to the album’s pre-release description and track listing, “Sweet Sounds of Heaven” is the final track. Hackney Diamonds And the time is at 7:22. For reference, it is six seconds shorter than “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and six seconds longer than “Can You Hear Me Knocking”.
It will be the second single released before the album, following “Angry”, which came with a music video starring Excitement And white lotus Star Sydney Sweeney.
Hackney Diamonds The album is the Stones’ first since the death of longtime drummer Charlie Watts in 2021. Watts’ drumming does however appear on two tracks: “Mess It Up” and “Live by the Sword.” Hackney Diamonds One track, “Live by the Sword”, also sees the return of former bassist Bill Wyman. It is their first appearance on a Stones record since 1989.
Other notable guests Hackney Diamonds It features Elton John, who plays piano on “Get Close” and “Live by the Sword”, and Paul McCartney, who plays bass on “Bite My Head Off”. If it’s not already clear, Hackney Diamonds There’s going to be a party, man. Only a few more weeks until we can get involved.