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article imageRolling Stones play surprise gig at L.A. club to warm-up for tour

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 29, 2013 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - If you were getting no satisfaction from your day in L.A. Saturday it would have changed in a hurry if you noted what the Rolling Stones were up to. The band sent out a tweet announcing they'd be playing a small L.A. club that night - for 20 bucks.
The gig was at the EchoPlex, an indie club in Echo Park that holds 700, and the tweet didn't go out until 12:30 in the afternoon. Thirty minutes later tickets went on sale at the El Rey Theatre and despite it happening so fast, some 2,000 showed up to buy them; a random lottery took place to pick the lucky 700.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, both 69, and the boys jumped about and delivered what was reported as an up-tempo and rocking 90-minute set. They got it going with "You Got Me Rocking" and the evening included classic Stones hits like 'Love in Vain', 'Midnight Rambler', 'Miss You' and 'Start Me Up'. The encore wasn't too shabby, either: 'Brown Sugar' and 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'.
Rollings Stones '50 and Counting' Tour
It was all a warm-up for their May 4 opening at L.A.'s Staple Center of their upcoming tour, '50 and Counting,' which will mark the band's 50 years in the biz. It's not the first time they've played a small venue since becoming mega-famous. They were huge in 1977 when they played two nights at Toronto's El Mocambo, the first club gig they'd done in over a decade.
Besides Jagger, Richards, guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Charlie Watts and bass player Darryl Jones, the line-up included former Stones guitar man, Mick Taylor, keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Bobby Keys on sax and Bernard Fowler and Lisa Fischer on backing vocals.
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