Rolling Stones confirms that new album has McCartney and more

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The iconic band, The Rolling Stones, have unveiled “Angry”, the debut single from their much-anticipated album, “Hackney Diamonds”, set for release on October 20. This marks their premiere studio album in nearly two decades. In an exclusive with the New York Times, they hinted at collaborations with stars like Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Bill Wyman, their foundational bassist.

Fans will hear McCartney’s bass rhythms in “Bite My Head Off”, while Wonder’s keyboard skills and Gaga’s powerful vocals grace “Sweet Sounds of Heaven”. Elton John’s piano expertise can be discerned in “Live By The Sword”, which also features the iconic bass notes of Bill Wyman.

Interestingly, McCartney and Elton John, both of whom have shared tumultuous relations and verbal jousts with the Stones in the media, are now collaborators.

Mick Jagger, the legendary frontman, shared insights into their recording process, stating: “After a few takes, we move on without overthinking. Questions like, ‘Is this song a fit? Or is it repetitive?’ can be pondered later. The focus is on the momentum.”

Their previous musical offering, “A Bigger Bang”, made waves back in 2005. The “Hackney Diamonds” will be their inaugural album sans their iconic drummer, Charlie Watts, who sadly departed in 2021 at 80. Nonetheless, aficionados can expect to hear remnants of his beats, which were recorded prior to his passing. The full tracklist remains under wraps for now.

This global album saw recording sessions in multiple famed studios, such as Henson Recording Studios in LA, Metropolis Studios in London, Sanctuary Studios in Nassau, Electric Lady Studios and The Hit Factory/Germano Studios in New York.

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