The Rolling Stones are apparently filming a new documentary to accompany their next album Hackney Diamonds, which will be released on October 20. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood are filming the creation of Hackney Diamonds in collaboration with Fulwell 73, the production firm behind The Kardashians. “Stones fans are in for a treat because they’re getting not only a new album, but also a documentary film,” a production source close to the project told The Sun. “The band has been working on the production with Fulwell 73.” They’re the people behind The Kardashians’ massive Hulu agreement. The film will follow the band as they begin work on the 12 songs that feature on Hackney Diamonds. It will give fans an up-close and personal look at Mick, Keith, and Ronnie as they perform their magic in the studio, including their banter.” According to the source, the documentary would also include a memorial to the band’s late drummer Charlie Watts, who died in 2021. Watts recorded two tracks with Hackney Diamonds in 2019 before his death: “Live By The Sword” and “Mess It Up.” Hackney Diamonds is the Stones’ first new album in 18 years, following the release of A Bigger Band, and their first without Watts. “Ever since Charlie’s gone, he’s been missed,” Richards stated on Wednesday (September 6) at the Hackney Empire Theater in Hackney, England, during the band’s recent press unveiling of the record and interview with Jimmy Fallon.
“He’s the fourth. Of course, he’s greatly missed, but thanks to Charlie’s recommendation, we have Steve Jordan. Steve Jordan is your man if anything happens to him.” “Watts chose Jordan a long time ago,” Richards remarked. Jordan is one of our friends. I’d already worked with Steve, so it was a logical development. It would have been much more difficult without Charlie’s blessing.” The Rolling Stones have stated that Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Lady Gaga will all appear on the record, as will founding Stones bassist Bill Wyman. According to the article, footage from the band’s recent press will also be featured in the film. During the press conference, the band also announced the album’s lead track, “Angry,” as well as its video, which stars Sydney Sweeney (White Lotus, Euphoria). The song, which is drenched in classic Stones riffs, deals with relationship regrets and anger—”I hear a melody ringing in my brain / You can keep the memories / Don’t have to be ashamed,” Jagger sings before pleading, “Don’t get angry with me”—and was written while the band was working on portions of the album in Jamaica. “Keith and I thought the theme of the album should be every track being angry, anger, and disgust,” Jagger quipped about the track. “That’s the concept.”