After six decades of rock ‘n’ roll, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are at it again. The Rolling Stones‘ long-awaited new album, “Hackney Diamonds,” is out this Friday. It’s the band’s first album since longtime drummer Charlie Watts died in 2021.

“Hackney Diamonds” also marks the Stones’ first album of original songs in 18 years.

When the Rolling Stones ended their tour last year, Jagger issued a challenge to his bandmates – to set a deadline to record an album: “So, I said to Keith, ‘Let’s try and do that. And we’re going in this, we’re going here, and we finished by Valentine’s Day.'”

“It’s called Blitzkrieg,” said Richards.

They did it. “You don’t really need a lot to start, to kick off a song,” Jagger said.

Wood said, “We’re lucky, because we bounce, me and Keith. If somebody’s got a riff. And we weave. You see lots of people say, ‘What is this weaving?’ But it’s fantastic because it provides a net for Mick to fall into.”

Wood said making a record now is no different for them than it was 20 or 40 years ago. “Because you can’t lose that element of camaraderie and live music,” he said. “Something happens which is magic, and we never try to examine it that closely. We just let it rock on.”

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