The Stones will hit stadiums across the continent in support of their new album ‘Hackney Diamonds’
The Rolling Stones are returning to North American next spring. The run will see frontman Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, and guitarist Ronnie Wood perform at stadiums across the continent. Produced by AEG and Concerts West, The Hackney Diamonds Tour kicks off on April 28, 2024 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, and wraps up on July 17 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The run includes stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, and more.
In addition to their tour dates, The Rolling Stones will headline the 2024 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 2.
Check out the band’s full tour itinerary below. A special Rolling Stones Fan pre-sale for tickets begins next Wednesday, November 29 at 12pm local time. General tickets go on sale next Friday, December 1 at 10am local time. The tour is sponsored by AARP, and members will also have exclusive access to a pre-sale.
On October 19, The Stones played a secret club show in New York City to launch the release of their new record. The invitation-only gig took place at Racket NYC (formerly Highline Ballroom). There were approximately 650 people at the show. Among those reportedly in attendance were GRAMMY® Award winners Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, The Mummy), comedian and actor Chris Rock, actress and entrepreneur Mary-Kate Olsen, and star of the 007 franchise, actor Daniel Craig.
The band played a brief seven-song that began with “Shattered” from 1978’s Some Girls. The debuted their new album’s lead single “Angry” next. They would also play “Whole Wide World” and “Bite My Head Off” from the new record. The Stones also treated fans to performances of their classic hits “Tumbling Dice” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
For the encore, they played another new song, “Sweet Sounds of Heaven” for the very first time. The track, from their new album, features none other than GRAMMY® Award winners Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder. To the surprise of all in attendance, Lady Gaga joined The Stones on stage for the performance.
In addition to Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga, The Rolling Stones recruited Elton John and Paul McCartney to play on the record. Original bassist Bill Wyman is also featured on a song. This is the first time Wyman has collaborated with the group since 1989’s Steel Wheels. Wyman was a member of The Rolling Stones from 1962 to 1993. Before his departure from the group, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside them in 1989.
Their 23rd original studio effort, Hackney Diamonds will also be The Rolling Stones’ first album without founding drummer Charlie Watts who passed away at 80 in August of 2021. During a live-streaming event hosted by The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon, the band revealed that two tracks on the album – “Mess It Up” and “Live by the Sword” – were recorded in 2019 with Watts on drums.
“Ever since Charlie’s gone, it’s different,” guitarist Keith Richards said during the event. “He’s ‘Number Four.’”
Recorded at various locations around the world, including Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles; Metropolis Studios, London; Sanctuary Studios, Nassau, Bahamas; Electric Lady Studios, New York; and The Hit Factory/Germano Studios, also in New York, The Rolling Stones’ new album was helmed by GRAMMY®-winning producer Andrew Watt. Watt, who won Producer of the Year at the 2021 GRAMMY® Awards, was behind the control panel for Ozzy Osbourne’s award-winning 2022 LP Patient No. 9. Recently, Watt has also worked with the likes of Post Malone, Maroon 5, and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, among others. For Hackney Diamonds, The Stones’ longtime musical director Steve Jordan plays drums on the album.
The all-new Hackney Diamonds is be available in several formats including standard black vinyl, limited edition blue vinyl with alternate cover, limited edition CD + Blu-Ray box set, limited edition t-shirt or hat CD digipacks, standard CD, and CD digipack. The single “Angry” is also getting a physical release on CD, 7-inch red vinyl, and 10-inch black vinyl, while “Sweet Sounds of Heaven” is available on CD and 10-inch vinyl. Fans can order physical versions and save for streaming now.
To commemorate the release, the band has also curated a special merchandise line featuring Hackney Diamonds t-shirts, hoodies, a bomber jacket, a diamond-shaped whiskey glass, vinyl record drink coasters, an album lithograph, and much more. The Rolling Stones have also linked up with fashion designer Paul Smith to curate a special collection surrounding their new record. The exclusive line features three t-shirts, and a limited edition Hackney Diamonds vinyl LP with an alternate cover designed by Paul himself. On October 18, The Rolling Stones began opening pop-up versions of their London retail shop, RS No. 9, around the globe in New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo.
Last week, The Stones continued to celebrate the release of their new album by revealing their very own rum – Crossfire Hurricane. The 80 proof Caribbean blend incorporates rums from Jamaica, Barbados, and the Dominican Republic that are perfectly aged for five years in carefully selected French oak barrels with a hint of caramelized bananas. The Stones have been in the liquor business for quite some time. In 2012, the band collaborated with Suntory to release a rare blend of Japanese whiskeys to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. The limited batch including a 50 year-old Yamazaki, which now re-sells for tens of thousands of dollars. In 2016, Jose Cuervo released a limited edition guitar case full of 250 Anniversario to commemorate the night back in 1972 when The Stones were introduced to the Tequila Sunrise at The Trident Bar in Sausalito, California, just before the launch of their 1972 U.S. tour.
The Stones’ last studio outing was 2005’s A Bigger Bang. Four singles were released from the record – “Streets of Love, “Rough Justice,” “Rain Fall Down,” and “Biggest Mistake.” It peaked at No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart, and No. 3 on the Billboard 200. It was certified platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.
In 2016, the band released Blue & Lonesome, an album of blues covers, which garnered the group a GRAMMY® Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
In 2020, The Rolling Stones were forced to cancel their No Filter Tour in America due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The dates were rescheduled, slated to start in September 0f 2021. After the death of Charlie Watts, who sat behind The Stones’ kit for more than half a century, the band decided to go ahead with the tour. The band’s longtime musical director Steve Jordan stepped in to play drums, at the request of Watts ahead of his passing.
Sunday, April 28 – NRG Stadium – Houston, TX
Thursday, May 2 – New Orleans Jazz Fest – New Orleans, LA
Tuesday, May 7 – State Farm Stadium – Glendale, AZ
Saturday, May 11 – Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, NV
Wednesday, May 15 – Lumen Field – Seattle, WA
Thursday, May 23 – MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
Thursday, May 30 – Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, MA
Monday, June 3 – Camping World Stadium – Orlando, FL
Friday, June 7 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, June 11 – Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, June 15 – Cleveland Browns Stadium – Cleveland, OH
Thursday, June 20 – Empower Field at Mile High – Denver, CO
Thursday, June 27 – Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
Friday, July 5 – BC Place – Vancouver, BC
Wednesday, July 10 – SoFi Stadium – Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, July 17 – Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, CA
*Tickets will be available HERE.