The Rolling Stones recently announced they are set to tour the United States in 2024 to promote their number 1 album, 'Hackney Diamonds' - their first collection of original material in 18 years. Get ready to witness the legendary rock band live in action as they take the stage once again.

Words by Tom Wells

Get ready to rock and roll as the iconic British rock band, The Rolling Stones, gear up for an electrifying tour. After their triumphant return with the release of their critically acclaimed album, 'Hackney Diamonds,' the band announced a string of shows in the United States in 2024.

But what about their UK fans? Will The Rolling Stones come back to their homeland to perform new tracks and timeless hits live? In this blog, we explore the possibility of The Rolling Stones touring the UK in 2024, discussing potential dates, venues, and all the exciting details.

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Are The Rolling Stones making new music?

In November 2023, The Rolling Stones released their 28th studio album, ‘Hackney Diamonds’, their first album of original material since 2005’s ‘A Bigger Bang’.

‘Hackney Diamonds’ comes after the passing of the band’s life-long drummer, Charlie Watts, in 2021 and features two tracks with the late drummer - ‘Mess It Up’ and ‘Live By The Sword’, the latter of which also features fellow music royalty, Elton John, on piano.

In an interview with The New York Times in September 2023, frontman and co-songwriter, Mick Jagger, confirmed that a follow-up to ‘Hackney Diamonds’ is already in the works, with Jagger claiming that the band were “three-quarters through” the next album.

Is The Rolling Stones new album in the charts?

‘Hackney Diamonds’ entered the UK album charts at number 1, and remains in the top 10 seven weeks later. The album charted at number 1 in 20 different countries, as well as the top 10 in eleven further countries, including number 3 on the US Billboard Top 200.

‘Hackney Diamonds’ is The Rolling Stones’ 14th number 1 album in the UK, and 42nd top 10 album, including compilations and live albums.

Is The Rolling Stones new album any good?

‘Hackney Diamonds’ was released to largely positive reviews, including a 78% aggregate score with Metacritic.

Many fans online have described the album as The Stones’ best since 1981’s ‘Tattoo You’ which featured the iconic track ‘Start Me Up’.

‘Hackney Diamonds’ immediately sounds like a classic Stones album, touching on all aspects of the band’s career from guitar anthem, ‘Angry’, to country ballad, ‘Depending on You’, and Keith Richards-led acoustic track, ‘Tell Me Straight’. The second single from the album, ‘Sweet Sounds of Heaven’ is arguably a career-best track and wouldn’t be out of place in a set sat next to the 1969 classic, ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’.

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The penultimate track on ‘Hackney Diamonds’, is the anthemic ‘Sweet Sounds of Heaven’, which features musical icons Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga - The former on piano with Gaga on feature vocals.

Other stars featured on ‘Hackney Diamonds’ include Beatles legend, Paul McCartney, on bass guitar for ‘Bite By Head Off’ and 2023 Glastonbury headliner, Elton John, on piano for both ‘Get Close’ and ‘Live By The Sword’.

A final feature for long-term Rolling Stones connoisseurs, former bassist Bill Wyman, who played with the band until 1993, who appears alongside Elton on ‘Live By The Sword’.

When did The Rolling Stones last tour the UK?

The Rolling Stones last played the UK in 2022, appearing twice at British Summer Time at Hyde Park, with a warm-up show at Liverpool FC’s Anfield.

Before this, The Rolling Stones toured the UK in 2018, making stops at The London Stadium, Manchester United’s Old Trafford, and The Principality Stadium in Cardiff amongst other British stadiums.

Are The Rolling Stones planning a tour for 2024?

The Rolling Stones announced a North American tour for June 2024 in October 2023, hitting the likes of Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles and Chicago.

A tour of The UK and Europe could be on the horizon shortly after, in late 2024 or summer 2025.

In an interview with RTL in Germany on 8 December 2023, Mick Jagger said he hoped that The Stones would bring their tour to Europe once the North American tour is finished.

Where are The Rolling Stones touring in 2024?

The North American leg of the Hackney Diamonds Tour kicks off in Houston, Texas on 28 April 2024, and carries on through to 17 July, when the tour wraps up at The Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

When The Rolling Stones make their way over to The UK, we should expect them to hit the country’s biggest stadiums.

Who could tour with The Rolling Stones next year?

The Rolling Stones are known to take some of the hottest acts on tour with them, with megastar-in-waiting, Sam Fender, opening for them in Hyde Park in 2022. In 2018, UK superstars Liam Gallagher and Florence and The Machine were invited along to open for the legendary band.

The Stones often change up their support act for each show, allowing for a unique experience at each event. For the Hackney Diamonds tour, fans could expect to see a high calibre-artists opening in the UK. Just a few rumoured names are; The Vaccines, Wet Leg, Wolf Alice and Blossoms. No matter what, you can expect The Rolling Stones to bring a party on tour with them!

What songs do The Rolling Stones play on tour?

The Rolling Stones are notorious for surprising fans with their setlists, with their last London show featuring three surprise tracks in ‘Angie’, ‘You Got Me Rocking’, a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ and 1966’s ‘Out of Time’ - the latter of which was only performed live for the first time that year.

An exciting and regular occurrence at a Stones show is to see a fan request song - be sure to keep an eye out on social media to see where you can vote for which song the band will play that night!

At a Rolling Stones show, you could expect to see a setlist similar to this:

  1. Street Fighting Man
  2. Angry
  3. Start Me Up
  4. Whole Wild World
  5. Tumbling Dice
  6. Dead Flowers
  7. Honky Tonk Women
  8. Bite My Head Off
  9. Tell Me Straight
  10. Happy
  11. Miss You
  12. Midnight Rambler
  13. Paint It Black
  14. Sympathy for the Devil
  15. Gimme Shelter
  16. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  17. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  18. Sweet Sounds of Heaven
  19. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

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