The invitation-only show was the band’s first peformance on their new album cycle

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The Rolling Stones [Mark Seliger]

The Stones are back.

Rock icons The Rolling Stones played a secret club show last night in New York City last night to launch the release of their new album, Hackney Diamonds. The invitation-only gig took place at Racket NYC (formerly Highline Ballroom). There were 650 people reportedly in attendance. 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.” Check out a brief fan-filmed clips of “Angry” and “Tumbling Dice” below, as well as the full setlist.

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. See some fan-filmed footage below, along with a brief pro-shot clip.

On October 18, The Rolling Stones began opening pop-up versions of their London retail shop, RS No. 9, around the globe. Locations in New York and Los Angeles are now open. The Tokyo pop-up shop opens on Friday, October 20.

On September 9, 2020, The Rolling Stones opened their world-first flagship store on London’s Carnaby Street. The store, RS No. 9, which is located precisely at 9 Carnaby Street, features exclusive collaborations, new fashion, and merchandise, alongside the band’s latest music releases. More than just a store, RS No.9 is a fully immersive experience for fans of all ages.

The Rolling Stones have 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.

Their 23rd original studio effort, Hackney Diamonds is also 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.’”

The new album 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 HERE.

The Rolling Stones Racket NYC Setlist [Hendrik Mulder, Twitter/X]