As you may have heard, the Rolling Stones are about to release a new album — their first batch of new original material since 2005. And if you’ve always wanted to buy a Stones album with an MLB twist, have they got a deal for you!
Here’s the deal: If you want to own the new album on vinyl, you can order an LP with a cover design featuring your favorite team’s color scheme. Just $38 plus shipping and tax! The Mets version is shown above, but all 30 MLB teams are available. Here are a few more:
If you’re wondering why the band’s familiar lips/tongue logo looks so fragmented, it’s because the album is called Hackney Diamonds, which is UK slang for broken glass.
And if you’re wondering what the Stones have to do with MLB, well, you and me both. The promo text tries mightily to make the connection:
Celebrating Rolling Stones’ brand new album & historical legacy with Major League Baseball, this vinyl is a real catch & exclusive to RollingStones.com. Extremely limited, a true collectors’ item featuring custom art for each of the 30 MLB Clubs. First pitch worthy baseball white disc housed in pocket jackets.
Punctuating their illustrious touring career, Rolling Stones have performed in the home fields of some of MLB’s most legendary teams. In 1989 the Steel Wheels Tour came through North America playing half of the dates at homes, or previous homes, to Major League Baseball teams: Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, Toronto’s CNE Stadium and SkyDome, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, RFK Stadium in Washington DC, Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, New York’s Shea Stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Houston Astrodome, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis and Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Bridges To Babylon Tour in 1997 saw The Stones perform at Dodgers Stadium. A Bigger Bang tour led off in August 2005 with two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park.
Of course, the same could be said of countless other bands, but whatever. The reference to the vinyl being rendered in “baseball white” is a particularly Nike-worthy touch.
This isn’t the first time the Stones have attempted to tie a dubious promotional campaign to American sports. Does anyone truly believe Mick Jagger could even name, say, five MLB teams off the top of his head?
Just to clarify: The Rolling Stones are my favorite band, and baseball is my favorite sport, but this project is ridiculous. Even worse, it feels tossed-off and rote — product for product’s sake. Disappointing.
(My thanks to our own Jerry Wolper for letting me know about this one.)