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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"
"Little Queenie"
"Just My Imagination"
"Miss You"
"Love In Vain" - with Mick Taylor
"Midnight Rambler" - with Mick Taylor
"Start Me Up"

"Brown Sugar"
"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


  • The Rolling Stones will release their career-spanning documentary Crossfire Hurricane on DVD and Blu-ray on May 21st.
  • The film, which was directed and compiled by Brett Morgen, premiered last year on HBO and features never before seen footage of the band spanning their 50 year career.
  • Crossfire Hurricane features newly conducted interviews with past and present band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Bill Wyman, and Mick Taylor. Late co-founder Brian Jones is featured through archival interviews.

CHECK IT OUT: Footage of The Stones on Saturday night (April 27th) in L.A.:

Keith Richards On The Vibe Within The Stones Today

Read more at Ultimate Classic RockClassic Rock, Rolling Stone, Billboard and NME

Read the rumours at NME

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