The Rolling Stones hit L.A. last night with a surprise show in a tiny venue. The band announced on Twitter yesterday that they would be playing at the EchoPlex, an indie club in Echo Park that holds just 700 people. Tickets, at $20 a person, went on sale at 1 p.m. at the El Rey Theatre, just 30 minutes after the announcement went out, and were assigned by a random lottery among the 2,000 people who showed up to claim them.
The band’s 90-minute set served as a warm-up for their upcoming 50 and Counting tour kickoff at the considerably larger Staples Center on May 3rd. Launching the show with “You Got Me Rocking,” they offered up a mix of classic hits along with covers of Otis Redding, Chuck Berry and the Temptations. The lineup was augmented by former bandmate Mick Taylor, along with Darryl Jones on bass, Chuck Leavell on keys, Bobby Keys on sax and Bernard Fowler and Lisa Fisher on backup vocals.
“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”