In June 1975, just over half a year after releasing It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll, the Rolling Stones returned to the road, traveling to America for their first U.S. shows since 1973. With Billy Preston on keys and Ron Wood joining the band for the first time, the Stones started out in San Antonio, and one month later visited California for five shows at the L.A. Forum.
On the fourth night, the band played a sweaty, unstoppable set, and 20 songs after opening with “Honky Tonk Women,” they began a furious “Rip This Joint” that involved Mick Jagger, his loose tank-top almost completely off, running laps around the large stage while slurring the majority of his lyrics. As the song ends, he backs into his horn section, then walks between Wood and Keith Richards, raises his hands above his head and shakes his butt for the crowd.
On November 17th, the entire concert will be released as the second installment of the Rolling Stones’ From the Vault series (the first was a 1981 Hampton Coliseum gig) titled L.A. Forum – Live in 1975. It will be available as a straightforward DVD, or in deluxe packages that add in either a pair of CDs or three DVDs. The nearly topless performance of “Rip This Joint,” however, can be watched above.