The “Satisfaction” singer, who is putting out a new album with the band, said that while the Rolling Stones have no plans right now to sell their post-1971 catalog — which includes Black and Blue and Tattoo You — but have some ideas of what to do with it eventually.
People’s recent article entitled, “Mick Jagger Hints Rolling Stones May Leave $500M Album Fortune to Charity to 'Do Some Good in the World,'” reports that in a new interview with WSJ Magazine, the 80-year-old rock legend said they could give the approximately half a billion dollars they would get from selling it to their heirs, but “the children don’t need $500 million to live well. Come on.”
So he said that “maybe” the money could go to charity instead. “You maybe do some good in the world,” added Jagger.
Meanwhile, he and fellow bandmembers Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are releasing another album. Their upcoming release, Hackney Diamonds, is the band’s first album of original music in 18 years.
Jagger noted to WSJ that there are a number of guests featured on the album, including Paul McCartney, who contributed bass, Elton John and Stevie Wonder on the piano, and Lady Gaga, who contributed vocals to their song "Sweet Sound of Heaven," while working in the same studio as the band during one session.
Jagger revealed that he had put a deadline pressure on the group to keep the album on track, saying, "What I want to do is write some songs, go into the studio, and finish the record by Valentine’s Day. Which was just a day I picked out of the hat — but everyone can remember it. And then we’ll go on tour with it, the way we used to.”
When Richards, 79, pushed back, Jagger said he told him, “‘It may never happen, Keith, but that’s the aim. We’re going to have a f---ing deadline.' "
“Otherwise, we’re just going to go into the studio, for two weeks, and come out again, and then six weeks later, we’re going to go back in there. Like, no. Let’s make a deadline,” he added.
In the end, the deadline pressure worked. The band recorded basic tracks in four weeks, missing their Valentine's Day target by just a few weeks.
In an emotional moment, the trio also touched on what it was like to record the album without their longtime drummer, Charlie Watts, who died in August 2021 at age 80.
"Ever since Charlie’s gone it’s different, he’s number four," Richards said. "He’s missing, he’s up there. Of course he's missed incredibly."
Reference: People (Oct. 3, 2023) “Mick Jagger Hints Rolling Stones May Leave $500M Album Fortune to Charity to 'Do Some Good in the World'”