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They came. They rocked. They rolled… in an insanely small venue.
Legendary band The Rolling Stones played a surprise gig at Los Angeles’ Echoplex on Saturday night. The club, normally home to hipster acts on coveted weekend slots, has a capacity of 700. Admittance was granted by lottery, held in early afternoon with tickets selling for $20 a pop.
The show comes just five days before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts and friends kick off a North American tour at L.A.’s Staples Center on May 3, and while it was clear they were still working out some kinks, says one lucky concert-goer, “The band was on from the minute they stepped on the stage.”
The set list, according to the band’s official twitter and reports still coming in, was heavy on older material but also debuted a couple of new songs. The band opened with “You Got Me Rocking” followed by “Respectable,” “She’s So Cold” and “Live With Me,” the latter featuring Bobby Keys on saxophone. Jagger strapped on a guitar himself for a cover of The Temptations’ “Just My Imagination” and later whipped out a harmonica solo. Other highlights included “Miss You,” covers of Otis Redding’s “That’s How Strong My Love Is” (Jagger’s introduction: “We’re gonna do a ballad now, a kinda soul ballad anyway”), Chuck Berry‘s “Little Queenie” and the late-set appearance of “Midnight Rambler.”
The band, which included Chuck Leavell on keys, Darryll Jones on bass and Mick Taylor on guitar, encored with “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (see the full set list here and watch highlights from the show below). From start to finish, the set clocked in at 90 minutes.
According to audience members, famous faces and industry bigwigs could be seen throughout the crowd. Among them: Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Skrillex, Brian Grazer, Steve Bing and Jim Gianopulos.
But ultimately, all eyes were transfixed on the main event. Asked what stood out, one concert-goer told THR, “How much fun they were having; how good Mick sounded; how completely engaging and theatrical and funny they are. It was really intimate and special and the whole band was on fire.”
You Got Me Rocking
She’s So Cold
Live with Me
Street Fighting Man
That’s How Strong My Love Is
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
Love in Vain
Start Me Up
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
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