Taking to that stage at the Echoplex in the trendy and modern Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, the Rolling Stones played a 14-song set to a tiny audience who had won tickets in a lottery that was held on the day.
Throughout the hour-and-a-half long show frontman Mick Jagger was on good form, joking and interacting with the audience, raising a few laughs by telling them: “I’m glad you’re here to welcome an up and coming band!”
The ROlling Stones, consisting of Mich Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, were backed by Darryl Jones, Chuck Leavell, Bernard Fowler, Lisa Fischer and Bobby Keys for the show.
Mick Taylor, Rolling Stones member from 1969 to 1974 also joined the band onstage, giving his old bandmates a helping hand to play electric versions of blues legend Robert Johnson’s Love In Vain and Midnight Rambler.
The star-studded audience included such A-listers as Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, Owen Wilson and members of Green Day and No Doubt.
Rounding of the show with an encore with Rolling Stones classics Brown Sugar and Jumpin’ Jack Flash, the band took their bows and Jagger took to the microphone one last time to say: “Thank you very much everybody, you’ve given us hope, peace, love and understanding. Goodnight!”
The 50 And Counting tour officially starts on May 3rd at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, before heading through North America and finally across the pond to the UK in late June to headline the Glastonbury Festival and play gigs in London’s Hype Park.
The Rolling Stones setlist
You Got Me Rocking
Live With Me
Street Fighting Man
That’s How Strong My Love Is
Just My Imagination
Love In Vain
Start Me Up
Jumpin’ Jack Flash