The 'Tonight Show' host interviewed Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood about their first album in 18 years at the Hackney Empire in East London
The Rolling Stones are back.
On Wednesday, the British rockers teamed up with Jimmy Fallon at a press event in London to announce that they’re releasing their first album in 18 years.
During the event, which was shared with fans around the world in a YouTube livestream, the band told Fallon, 48, that their new record will be released on Oct. 20 and the first single is called "Angry."
"We wouldn't have put out this album out if we didn't really like it," said Jagger, 80. "We must say that we are quite pleased with it. We’re not big headed but we hope you like it."
The trio also opened up about what it was like recording their first album since the death of their drummer Charlie Watts, who joined the band in 1963 and died in August 2021 at the age of 80.
"Ever since Charlie’s gone it’s different, he’s number four," Richards told Fallon. "He’s missing, he’s up there. Of course he's missed incredibly."
Richards, 79, then went on to reveal that it was Watts who actually recommended drummer Steve Jordan as his replacement in the band "if anything happened to him."
"It was a natural progression," said Richards of Jordan, who he revealed appears on "most" of the album's 12 tracks. "It would have been a lot harder without Charlie’s blessing on that."
In 2021, Jordan filled in for Watts during the American leg of The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour while Watts was undergoing a medical procedure.
Watts does feature on two tracks on the record, however: "Mess It Up" and Live By The Sword", which were recorded in 2019. The band also revealed that former bassist Bill Wyman appears on one of the album's tracks.
As for collaborations, fans can expect to hear Lady Gaga on "Sweet Sound of Heaven," a track Fallon described as "unbelievable," while actress Sydney Sweeney appears in the music video for the record's first single "Angry".
Sweeney, 25, was in the audience at the Hackney Empire during the album announcement and told Fallon she "freaked out" when she was asked by the band to star in the video, which also premiered during the launch.
She added of "Angry" — which the band described as being about "always wanting to rely on someone and they let you down" — "I didn't know it was going to be the first single but I loved it when I heard it. It’s been stuck in my head."
PEOPLE spotted Sweeney as she walked back into the Hackney Empire following the announcement. She responded to a fan who said, "Welcome to Hackney," and told her she looked beautiful, “I love it here. It’s so fun."
Also in the audience was 76-year-old Wood's daughter Leah, 44, along with Jagger's girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, who he has been in a relationship with since 2014.
"What an amazing event!! @hackneyempire 😎," former ballerina Hamrick wrote alongside a series of photos from the event.
Meanwhile, Jagger explained the meaning behind “Hackney Diamonds” and revealed it's an English slang term. "It's like when you get your windscreen broken on a Saturday night in Hackney," he said.
Richards added, "We were slinging ideas around we went from Hit and Run and Smash and Grab and somehow we came up with Hackney Diamonds, which is a variation of the both and it's a London band."
Other tracks on the album include "Dreamy Skies" and "Driving Me Too Hard."
Anyone see this? An ad ran in Hackney Gazette for a company called Hackney Diamonds teasing Rolling Stones song titles. Their est. date is 1962, same year Stones formed. Website seems to be run by Universal Music, the Stones’ label. A clue their long-awaited new LP is on its way? pic.twitter.com/DFSnb2WE48
— Simon Harper (@Simon__Harper) August 21, 2023
The news comes just two weeks after an ad appeared in the local weekly East London newspaper, the Hackney Gazette. The cryptic ad was supposedly to promote The Hackney Diamonds who are “specialists in glass repair.”
Stones fans quickly spotted not so subtle clues suggesting that Jagger, Richards and Wood were about to announce big news.
“Our friendly team promises you satisfaction. When you say gimme shelter, we’ll fix your shattered windows,” the ad went on to say, referencing in two short sentences two of their biggest hits, “Satisfaction” and “Gimme Shelter.”
It also announced that the Hackney Diamonds planned to open their “new store” on “Mare Street, September 2023.”
The event and the ad were nods to Hackney, one of London’s poorest, yet increasingly gentrified, areas. The Hackney Empire — which is 122 years old and where Hollywood legend Charlie Chaplin performed — is located on Mare Street, one of the local shopping areas.
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The band finally confirmed fan speculation on Monday by announcing the YouTube event, revealing that Fallon would be joining them. “Hackney may be at the heart of Hackney Diamonds, but this is a truly global moment we want to share with fans around the world via YouTube,” the Stones said in a statement.
The Rolling Stones' last studio album of original music was A Bigger Bang, which was released 18 years ago in 2005.
Jagger joked of the nearly two-decade wait during the launch, "We were maybe a bit lazy."
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