London (CNN) — If you’re looking for a rock ‘n’ roll end to the summer, then the Rolling Stones may have you covered.
British rock legends appear to have teased a new album through a fake ad for a glass-repair business placed in a local London newspaper.
An image shows an ad in the London-based Hackney Gazette newspaper of August 17, 2023, heralding a new glass repair store called Hackney Diamonds.
The cryptic ad, which appeared in the east London-based Hackney Gazette last week, looks at first glance like a promotion for the new business, Hackney Diamonds, but on closer examination it contains references to several of the band’s biggest hits.
“Our friendly team promises you satisfaction,” it reads. “When you say gimme shelter we’ll fix your shattered windows.”
A quick call to the phone number listed in the ad leads to a recorded message.
“Welcome to Hackney Diamonds, specialists in glass repairs,” a Cockney-accented male voice says. “Don’t get angry, get it fixed.”
Hackney Diamonds supposedly opens for business in early September – something fans are interpreting as a hint at an album release date.
The Stones have yet to make a statement on an upcoming album, which fans believe will be called “Hackney Diamonds,” but there are enough Easter eggs to keep them going.
Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform in Sweden on July 31, 2022 during their “Stones Sixty European Tour.”
A peek at the Hackney Diamonds
website shows the name of the new business to be written in the same font as the band’s 1978 “Some Girls” album. The letter “i” in “Diamonds” is dotted with the Stones’ famous lips logo, and the site states the business was established in 1962 – the same year the band was formed. Perhaps most tellingly, the site’s privacy terms and conditions are those of Universal Music Group, the band’s record label.
A new album would be the Stones’ 31st studio album and their first since the 2021 death of drummer
A Rolling Stones representative contacted by CNN declined to comment on the ad.
Here’s what iconic concert took place the year you graduated high school
Here’s what iconic concert took place the year you graduated high school
The last six decades of Western culture are synonymous with rapid changes in both music and the concert industry. Certain performances have managed to elevate, and become much more than mere slices of entertainment. As a result, they have taken on historical and contextual significance alike. One can thereby glean relevant information about a given decade—or the year in which they graduated high school—by examining the concert scene around that time.
A look at the most iconic concert, tour, or festival from the year one graduated high school also offers a potential trip down memory lane. It’s when a person is young and chock full of new emotions that they connect the most intensely with certain songs or performers, after all. To consider the most relevant music of the era is to likewise recall the personal feelings one cultivated when hearing that music for the first time or the fiftieth time.
Stacker compiled a list of the most iconic concerts from each of the last 63 years, using a variety of sources, including setlist.fm, Billboard magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, and Spin magazine. To avoid repetition, the list touches down on multiple genres and moments and doesn’t feature the same act twice (barring festival appearances). With the exception of the three Woodstock festivals—each one being historic for a different reason—the list doesn’t feature the same music festival twice either. Live performances at a movie or television studio, sporting event, or awards ceremony were not considered.
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1960: Pete Seeger at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine
Folk legend Pete Seeger took on the dual role of performer and educator when playing to a crowd of Bowdoin students in 1960. Every so often, he would stop the music and
help teach the audience how to perform folk songs on their own. The concert made up part of a broader campus event and helped raise money for charity.
1962: James Brown at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York
The hardest-working man in show business defied his label boss by
personally financing this epic concert at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. An album recording was released the following year and it became an instant success, reaching #2 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. Rolling Stone magazine recently dubbed it the greatest live album of all time.
1963: The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island
The 1963 Newport Folk Festival arrived when the genre of folk was politically charged and more popular than ever before. Playing the
festival for the first time, a young Bob Dylan performed anti-war songs and duly captured the local zeitgeist. Two years later, he shed his spokesman persona at the same festival by plugging in his electric guitar.
1964: The T.A.M.I. Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California
Featuring a smorgasbord of contemporary talent, The T.A.M.I. Show spanned two days and provided the basis for a subsequent concert film. The Rolling Stones went on after a vivacious James Brown and later called it one of the
biggest mistakes of their career. Additional performers included The Supremes, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, and others.
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1965: The Beatles at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York
This historic performance by the Fab Four drew over 55,000 attendees, making it the
largest concert to date. Fans were screaming with such volume and intensity that the group could barely hear themselves play. John Lennon later said, “At Shea Stadium, I saw the top of the mountain.”
1966: Bob Dylan World Tour 1966
After going electric to the chagrin of certain fans, Bob Dylan embarked on this famous world concert tour. Backing band The Hawks joined him for the electric portion of each show, which drew
jeers and the occasional projectile object. The Hawks went on to become Canadian-American rock group The Band.
1967: The Monterey Pop Festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California
A pivotal moment in music history, this three-day
concert set a festival template that’s still followed to this day. Respective (and destructive) performances by The Who and The Jimi Hendrix Experience became the stuff of legend, as did an epic vocal rendition of “Ball and Chain” by Janis Joplin (backed by Big Brother and the Holding Company). The event also helped usher in the Summer of Love and popularize San Francisco’s local music scene.
1968: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison in Represa, California
Johnny Cash first released the song “Folsom Prison Blues” in 1955 and then performed live at the actual prison over a decade later. A blockbuster album recording of the concert offered an empathic glimpse at prison life and
turned Cash into a global star. He would continue to perform at prisons and release adjoining albums, most notably 1969’s “At San Quentin.”
1969: Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, New York
History’s most famous music festival didn’t actually take place in its namesake town, but a nearby farm in Bethel, New York. People from every corner of the world gathered for three days and took in one iconic performance after the next. Mudslides and unsanitary conditions notwithstanding, it was considered a benchmark event for the hippie era.
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1970: Isle Of Wight Festival on the Isle of Wight, England
The third iteration of this concert festival was the largest and most historic by a considerable margin. Held on an island in the English channel, it spanned six days and reportedly drew a
bigger crowd than Woodstock (for better or worse). Performers included Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, and numerous others.
1971: The Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York
Ex-Beatle George Harrison and sitar icon Ravi Shankar co-organized this star-studded concert event, which consisted of two unique shows. It raised over $243,000 for UNICEF and
helped establish the modern-day celebrity benefit concert. Performers included Harrison, Shankar, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, and others.
1972: Grateful Dead Europe ’72 Tour
The Grateful Dead’s extended tour of Europe touched down in major cities and found the band jamming for hours at a time. Select recordings were captured for a historic triple album, which
helped them pay off a debt to their label. Group member Pigpen died the following year.
1974: The California Jam Festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California
A crowd of over 200,000 people gathered for this epic concert festival, leading to all kinds of
crazy parking and traffic issues. Co-headlined by Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, it featured additional performances by Earth, Wind & Fire, Eagles, Black Sabbath, and others. Highlights of the event were televised on ABC.
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1975: Elton John at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Music legend Elton John was at the height of his fame when he performed back-to-back concerts at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium. Wearing a sequined Dodgers uniform, he
played to an estimated 110,000 people over the course of two sold-out shows. It made up part of his Rock of the Westies Tour across North America.
1976: The Last Waltz at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California
The Band pulled out all the stops for their “farewell concert appearance,” which took place on Thanksgiving at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. The show featured a number of major guest appearances from artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and others. Director Martin Scorsese’s 1978 documentary about the event is often
hailed as one of the greatest concert films ever made.
1977: Pink Floyd at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada
Not every concert event is “iconic” for the right reasons, as evidenced by this infamous Pink Floyd performance in Montreal. Fed up with loud fireworks and other disruptions, band member
Roger Waters spit on an unruly fan. The incident prompted serious introspection from Waters and inspired him to conceive the blockbuster concept album “The Wall.”
1978: Bruce Springsteen at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band fine-tuned their live act throughout the mid- and late 1970s, culminating with this historic concert. Many fans consider it to be The Boss’
greatest live performance ever, which is definitely no small feat. An official recording of the event was recently made available via the Live Bruce Springsteen website.
1979: The Clash at The Palladium in New York City, New York
Punk rockers The Clash
played New York City for the first time with a legendary two-night stint at The Palladium. A photograph of Paul Simonon destroying his Fender P-Bass guitar during the show would make up the cover for their next album, “London Calling.” To this day, it’s considered one of the most iconic album covers of all time.
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1980: Monsters of Rock at Castle Donington in Leicestershire, England
Celebrating hard rock and heavy metal, the Monsters of Rock music festival kicked off in 1980 and quickly became an annual affair. The inaugural event delivered ear-shattering performances from Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions, April Wine, Saxon, Riot, and Touch. Subsequent festivals took place at Castle Donington as well as other venues around the world,
drawing massive crowds.
1981: Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park in New York City, New York
The folk duo of Simon & Garfunkel reunited several times after their initial split, most notably for this historic benefit concert. It opened with the classic song “Mrs. Robinson” and later hit an unexpected snag when a
crazed audience member rushed the stage. An album recording of the event came out the following year and ultimately went certified double platinum.
1982: The Police Picnic at CNE Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Canada
This new wave concert event ran annually from 1981 to 1983 and paired headlining act The Police with a number of major contemporaries. The 1982 show took place
before a crowd of over 38,000 people and featured performances from Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Talking Heads, The English Beat, and A Flock of Seagulls.
1983: Talking Heads at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, California
The Talking Heads famously imbued their act with oversized suits and unique dance sequences while touring in support of their 1983 album “Speaking in Tongues.” Director Jonathan Demme used footage of the band’s three shows at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater for the
seminal concert documentary “Stop Making Sense.”
1984: The Jacksons Victory Tour
Michael Jackson was in the midst of a historic solo career when he joined his brothers for this smash concert tour of North America. It drew massive crowds and primarily featured songs from Jackson’s albums “Thriller” and “Off the Wall.” Their stop at Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium was practically a citywide event,
complete with fireworks and helicopters.
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1985: Live Aid
Spanning multiple venues around the world, this benefit concert event helped raised money to relieve Ethiopia’s famine crisis. It featured a slew of big-name artists and a
historic set by the rock band Queen. The recent blockbuster biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” impressively recreated the band’s legendary performance before a crowd of approximately 72,000 (with reportedly over a billion more watching on TV).
1986: Jean-Michel Jarre in Houston, Texas
French electronic artist Jean-Michel Jarre turned the city of Houston itself into a sprawling venue with this epic concert event. Held in support of his 1986 album “Rendez-vous,” it broke a Guinness World Record for the
largest crowd ever to witness a sound-and-light display.
1988: Tina Turner at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Still in the midst of a miraculous career comeback, superstar Tina Turner embarked on the Break Every Rule world tour between 1987 and 1988. Her performance before a crowd of over 180,000 in Rio de Janeiro didn’t necessarily break every rule, but it
did break a Guinness World Record for the most paying concert-goers to see a single artist.
1989: The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour
The Rolling Stones have delivered no shortage of impressive concert tours over their decades-long career, including this one from 1989 (and 1990). It marked a live comeback for the band and proved that they could still rock a huge crowd. An infamous show at L.A.’s Memorial Coliseum was disastrous for opening act Guns N’ Roses, with
Axl Rose calling out his bandmates for drug use while on stage.
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1990: Madonna Blond Ambition Tour
Madonna was both blonde and ambitious when she mounted her third world tour, this one in support of 1989’s “Like a Prayer.” A lavish stage production, each show broke down into thematic segments and incorporated a variety of artistic influences. The 1991 documentary “Madonna: Truth or Dare”
revealed extensive behind-the-scenes footage of her life and work around this time.
Co-created by Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, the first Lollapalooza music festival stopped in over 20 North American cities over the course of a summer. Performances from Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, Violent Femmes, and other acts helped take alternative music into the mainstream. In 2020, Spin magazine dubbed it
the greatest concert of the last 35 years.
1992: Nirvana at the Reading Festival in Reading, England
Nirvana’s headlining gig at this U.K. music festival was preceded by all kinds of negative press, including rumors of drug addiction and ill health. Kurt Cobain tackled the gossip head-on by
rolling out in a wheelchair and feigning sickness before launching into one of the band’s most memorable performances. The rest is grunge history.
1995: Rod Stewart at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rod Stewart celebrated New Year’s Eve with this free open-air concert, which
drew a record-breaking crowd of over 3.5 million people. It made up part of his A Night To Remember Tour and featured hit songs such as “Maggie May” and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.”
1996: Oasis at the Knebworth Festival in Hertfordshire, England
Rock band Oasis was coming off the successful sophomore album “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” when they headlined this outdoor music festival. They broke local attendance records by playing to an estimated 125,000 people per night over the course of two shows. Band member Noel Gallagher later said the years that
followed were like a “comedown” from this event.
1998: Tibetan Freedom Concert at RFK Stadium in Washington DC
This concert for a cause spanned two days and
helped raise as much as $1.2 million to support Tibet’s fight for independence. A thunderstorm led to cancellations and injuries on the first day while the second day ran more smoothly. It was the third annual event of its kind, with performances by Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Sonic Youth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and numerous others.
1999: Woodstock ’99 at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York
The subject of
two recent documentaries, this infamous music festival buried the spirit of Woodstock and then burned its grave. Sweltering heat, restricted water access, and sexual assaults were just three among the legion of problems that unfolded over the course of four days. By the time Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst told the crowd to “break stuff,” they were all too ready to oblige.
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2001: The Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York
The world was still reeling from the events of 9/11 when Madison Square Garden hosted this star-packed benefit concert.
Organized by Paul McCartney, it featured a performance from the ex-Beatle himself along with a slew of other famous talents. In addition to raising over $30 million for victim family relief, it honored first responders.
2002: Party at the Palace at the Buckingham Palace Garden in London, England
Buckingham Palace celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with this thrilling concert event, often
described as one of the best in British history. Live attendees were chosen by way of a lottery system while approximately 200 million TV viewers tuned in around the world. Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor opened the night with a rooftop performance of “‘God Save the Queen.”
2003: The Chicks Top of the World Tour
This all-female country band was grappling with the
backlash to their anti-war comments when they kicked off a 2003 world tour. In spite of the controversy, it was the top-grossing country tour of the year. Opening acts included Joan Osborne and Michelle Branch, respectively.
2004: The Montreal Jazz Festival in Montreal, Canada
On its 25th anniversary, this popular concert event drew a reported 2 million visits and
broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest jazz festival. Spanning 10 days and multiple stages, it featured performances from roughly 3,000 artists. Canadian pianist and singer Diana Krall released a recording of her concert on DVD.
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2005: Live 8
In the spirit of Live Aid, this benefit concert event touched down on multiple venues and television networks around the globe. Its most iconic moment came when the classic Pink Floyd lineup reunited for a five-song performance. The
goal of the event was to pressure G8 world leaders into putting more money and effort toward fighting poverty in Africa.
2006: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California
The foremost music festival of the modern era hit a benchmark in 2006 with a comeback performance by French electronic duo Daft Punk. Their legendary set atop a pyramid-style stage “irrevocably changed the course of music,”
Far Out magazine once wrote. Depeche Mode and Tool were the co-headliners that year.
2007: Led Zeppelin at O2 Arena in London, England
Led Zeppelin’s surviving members were joined onstage by Jason Bonham (son of original drummer John Bonham) for this historic reunion. It made up part of a larger tribute concert honoring Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun. The band later released a concert film and album of the performance called “Celebration Day.”
2008: Radiohead In Rainbows Tour
Radiohead’s 2008 tour behind the album “In Rainbows”
strived to be the world’s first “carbon neutral tour” by reducing emissions. It was also a masterclass in performance, with fans citing the show in Japan’s Saitama Super Arena as being particularly strong. The setlist for that show featured two encores and a whopping 25 songs in total.
2009: Farm Aid at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Missouri
Comments made by Bob Dylan during 1985’s Live Aid
inspired this annual benefit concert, which raises money for American farmers. The 2009 iteration featured performances from Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Wilco, Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds), and others.
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2010: Sonisphere Festival
This traveling music festival made history in 2010 by bringing the “big four” of thrash metal —Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax—together at the same venues. Performances at Bulgaria’s Vasil Levski National Stadium were captured on video for a concert film.
2011: Kenny Chesney Goin’ Coastal Tour
Four-time winner of the Billboard Touring Award, country singer Kenny Chesney kicked off this concert tour in support of his studio album “Hemingway’s Whiskey.” It
sold out numerous shows and became one of the year’s highest-grossing acts. The Zac Brown Band co-headlined for select performances.
2012: Jay Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne Tour
Hip-hop collaborators Jay-Z and Kanye West followed their 2011 album “Watch the Throne” with this successful tour of the same name. At a show in Paris, the duo performed one of their most beloved songs 11 times in a row to a rapturous crowd.
2014: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee
Like its predecessors, the 13th Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival delivered four days of live performances across multiple genres. Some of the major acts included Elton John, Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Phoenix, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, The Flaming Lips, Jack White, Lionel Richie, and Kanye West.
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2015: Prince at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan
Playing Detroit for the first time in over a decade, an energized Prince served up two and a half hours of funked-up hits at the Fox Theatre. The
Detroit Press wrote that the artist treated the venue “like his own personal house party” and cultivated a “loose, improvisational feel.” Prince embarked on his Piano & A Microphone Tour the next year and then tragically died that April.
2017: One Love Manchester at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Stretford, England
Pop star Ariana Grande co-organized this benefit concert shortly after a terrorist bombing at her show in Manchester Arena. Simultaneously broadcast and streamed, it
raised £18 million for victims’ families. Performers included Grande herself along with Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Mac Miller, Coldplay, and others.
2018: Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour
Taylor Swift’s stadium tour in support of her studio album “Reputation” became the
highest-grossing tour in U.S. history. The shows interweaved Broadway-style bombast with a recurring gothic theme and earned Swift some of her highest critical accolades to date. Her stop in Dallas was recorded and released as a concert film on Netflix.
2021: Day N Vegas Music Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds in Las Vegas, Nevada
First launched in 2019, this hip-hop music festival took place over the course of three days at the northern end of the Las Vegas strip. In 2021, the respective headliners were Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, the Creator, and Travis Scott. Two months later, Travis Scott’s separate Astroworld Festival
led to the tragic death of 10 attendees.
2022: The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts
The music industry was rocked to its core by the
unexpected death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins in March of 2022. A pair of subsequent tribute concerts opened with a performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by Dave Grohl’s daughter Violet (accompanied by Alain Johannes on guitar). Guest appearances included Joan Jett, Travis Barker, Liam Gallagher, Alanis Morissette, Pink, and many others.
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