As expected, the Rolling Stones performed a surprise club gig in Los Angeles on Saturday night (April 27th). The gig, which took place in the Echo Park section of town at the venue Echoplex, had fans scrambling for tickets to the show. Hundreds of Stones die-hards lined up at the El Ray Theatre in the Miracle Mile section of town for the chance to buy a single $20 ticket. Pollstar reported that there were heavy regulations imposed on the lucky few: "Buyers were limited to one ticket, and they were required to pay with cash, show a government-issued ID, wear a wristband with their name on it and be photographed. Their names were verified at the venue, which has a capacity of about 700."
Mick Jagger greeted the crowd following the band's second number, "Respectable," by joking: "Welcome to Echo Park, a neighborhood that's always coming up -- and I'm glad you're here to welcome an up-and-coming band."
Keith Richards is surprised at how easily the Stones were able to start firing on all cylinders once they regrouped in December for the first shows of their 50th And Counting dates: "It's very high energy and very enthusiastic. It's almost like, 'Hey! We got gig!' Y'know, I mean . . . and everybody's really up for it. I'm amazed how the band has moved just straight into the slot. I thought it would be a little rusty and cranky to start with, but everybody was up from day one. So, I'm really looking forward to this, man."
The Rolling Stones officially kick off their 2013 50 And Counting Tour on Friday, May 3rd at L.A.'s Staples Center.
The Rolling Stones' set list at L.A.'s Echoplex on Saturday, April 27th:
"You Got Me Rocking"
"She's So Cold"
"Live With Me"
"Street Fighting Man"
"That's How Strong My Love Is"
"Just My Imagination"
"Love In Vain" - with Mick Taylor
"Midnight Rambler" - with Mick Taylor
"Start Me Up"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
The Rolling Stones tour dates (subject to change):
May 3 - Los Angeles - Staples Center
May 5 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
May 8 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
May 11 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 15, 18 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
May 20 - Los Angeles - Staples Center
May 25 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
May 28, 31 - Chicago, IL - United Center
June 3 - Chicago, IL - United Center
June 6 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
June 9 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
June 12, 14 - Boston, MA - TD North Garden
June 14 - Boston, MA - TD North Garden
June 18, 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
June 29 - Pilton, England - Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm
July 6, 13 - London, England - Hyde Park
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