The Rolling Stones have apparently released new music! The band, which is now comprised of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, and Keith Richards, appeared to tease news of their 31st album on Monday by placing an advertisement for a glass company in the Hackney Gazette, a London daily. Clash magazine creator Simon Harper uploaded a snapshot of the advertisement on X (previously known as Twitter) on Monday, with the caption:
“The Hackney Diamonds.” Glass repair specialists. Our pleasant staff guarantees your satisfaction. We’ll mend your damaged windows if you say gimme shelter.” The red-colored advertising also disclosed that a store for the glass manufacturer will open on Mare Street in Hackney, London, in September 2023. Furthermore, the advertisement included a phone number for customers who wanted a quote. “Has anyone seen this? In Hackney Gazette, an advertisement for a company called Hackney Diamonds teased Rolling Stones song names. Their estimated birth year is 1962, the same year the Stones were formed. The website appears to be maintained by Universal Music, the Stones’ record label. Is this a hint that their long-awaited new album is on the way?” Harper wrote next to the image.
As Harper pointed out, the newspaper advertisement stated that the glass company was founded in 1962, the same year The Rolling Stones were created. Another giveaway is that the dot on the “i” in the term Diamonds’ is the band’s iconic tongue emblem, and the website, hackneydiamonds.com, is owned by Universal Music, the band’s record label. The Rolling Stones’ representatives did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. According to The Times, music from the band’s late drummer, Charlie Watts, will be included on the future album. Watts, who had been a member of the band since 1963, died in August 2021 at the age of 80 due to an unexplained illness.
“Charlie was a cherished husband, father, and grandfather, as well as one of the greatest drummers of his generation as a member of The Rolling Stones,” Watts’ spokesperson told PEOPLE at the time. “We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members, and close friends be respected during this difficult time.” On the one-year anniversary of Watts’ passing, Jagger shared a video homage to his late bandmate. “I miss Charlie because he had such a great sense of humor,” Jagger says in the video’s narration. “You know, outside of the band, we used to hang out a lot and have interesting times.” We were big sports fans. We’d go to football games, cricket matches, and we had hobbies other than music.” “Of course, I miss Charlie terribly,” he added.