The Stones Play Surprise Club Gig
700 lucky fans were treated to the concert experience of a lifetime on Saturday. With just an hour to go before tickets went on sale, it was announced that the Rolling Stones would play a warm-up gig for their upcoming U.S. tour at Echoplex, in Los Angeles' Echo Park area. The tickets, which were priced at $20, were sold through a lottery to the more than 2000 people that showed up.
Mick and the boys played a 14 song set, starting with "You Got Me Rocking" from the Voodoo Lounge album, and ending with "Start Me Up," before a crowd-pleasing encore of "Brown Sugar," and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." The show also included a guest appearance from former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who joined the band for "Love in Vain," and "Midnight Rambler."
British band New Build, who were originally scheduled to appear that night at Echoplex, jokingly tweeted about being bumped by the Stones: "Right, that's it. The Rolling Stones have nicked our gig tonight at the Echo. This time it's personal. Going down to have a word with Mick."
The Rolling Stones officially start their tour on Friday May 3, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was originally supposed to kick off on May 2, but the concert was pushed back one day due to the NBA playoffs.