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A senior moment: The Rolling Stones to rock with AARP on 2024 tour

Mick Jagger, 80; Keith Richards, who turns 80 Dec. 18; and Ronnie Wood, 76, are throwing in with the American Association of Retired Persons as the sponsor of their Stones Tour ’24 Hackney Diamonds, which kicks off April 28 in Houston.The two-month stadium trek — which includes a headlining show at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on May 2 and a MetLife Stadium stop in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on May 23, before wrapping up in Santa Clara, California on July 17 — is behind the Stones’ new album “Hackney Diamonds.”The band released its first LP of original material since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang” — and its first since the 2021 death of beloved drummer Charlie Watts — in October.Reflecting on the 18 years since their last album of new material in September, Jagger quipped, “We’ve been very lazy.”But, he added, “We didn’t want to make just any record and put it out … Before we went in [to make ‘Hackney Diamonds’], we all said, ‘We’ve got to make a record that we really love ourselves.’ Other people may like it, other people may not.

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Rolling Stones’ ‘Hackney Diamonds’ review: A nostalgic, stomping victory lap
The Rolling Stones put out an album of new material — 2005’s “A Bigger Bang” — it was all the way back in the pre-Taylor Swift era.In the interim, the pop superstar has dropped 10 studio LPs — and rocked the music world the way the Stones once did in the 1960s and ’70s — while the legendary British band has released exactly one: 2016’s “Blue & Lonesome,” a collection of blues covers.Although the Stones continued to tour — and play the hits that everybody comes to hear — it certainly seemed as if they had given up on making original music and would ride those classics into the inevitable sunset.But perhaps jolted by the death of founding drummer Charlie Watts in 2021, the Stones are back with — dare I say it — a bang on “Hackney Diamonds,” out on Friday.With the band enlisting Grammy-winning producer Andrew Watt — a top studio gun for everyone from Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa to Justin Bieber and Post Malone — you might be worried that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are making one last desperate attempt at the pop charts.Thankfully, that’s not the case. (And to his credit, Watt, 32, has some rock bonafides, too, having also produced Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.)“Hackney Diamonds” — which takes its title from the Hackney district in East London — feels like classic Stones, even if it’s not up to the gems of yesteryear.
Charlie Watts’ book collection to go up for auction
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is set to go up for auction later this year.The extensive collection features a host of first editions of some of the world’s most iconic books, including F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound Of The Baskervilles.They will go under the hammer on September 28-29, and be presented in London, New York and Los Angeles prior to the sale.The signed copy of The Great Gatsby is set to fetch between £200-300,000, while Watts’ collection of jazz memorabilia will also be sold.Discussing the items, Watts’ authorised biography author Paul Sexton said: “He took great pleasure in owning these things.“He valued his time at home and he would read on the road, so literature was a very important part of his make-up.”He added: “I don’t think he acquired them because he knew they would become valuable, he just took a huge satisfaction in owning these great works and tracking down, with the help of experts, original first editions.”See the full collection here.It was revealed last year that The Rolling Stones‘ next album will feature drumming by their late sticksman Watts.According to The Sun, guitarist Ronnie Wood said that the band’s new album will be released next summer. The record will have some of Watts’ drumming work included alongside that of touring drummer Steve Jordan’s.Watts died last year at the age of 80.