By Steve Wiseman

A handful of Rolling Stones fans got the rock and roll equivalent of a “golden ticket” Saturday (April 27) in Los Angeles, as the band announced a surprise gig at the Echoplex just hours before they took the stage.

Announcing the show on their website, Facebook page, and their “GRRRegory” Twitter account, the band made tickets available via a random lottery system to fans who showed up to the El Ray Theatre at 1 pm local time.  (Presumably the celebrities at the show, including Mike Dirnt of Green Day, dance music star Skrillex, NCIS actor Mark Harmon and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson were able to bypass the lottery.)

Needless to say, there was a huge rush to get the tickets, with the band soon tweeting from the official @rollingstones account that the show was sold out, and requesting fans to not show up to the Echoplex if they don’t have tickets.

Watch the Rolling Stones discuss their 2013 tour.

As for the show itself, the Stones played a 14 song set, including a few of their biggest hits, but they also played some (slightly) lesser known songs. Opening with “You Got Me Rockin'” from 1994’s Voodoo Lounge, they followed with “Respectable” from 1978’s Some Girls, “She’s So Cold” from 1980’s Emotional Rescue and “Live With Me” from 1969’s Let It Bleed.

From there, they played one of their radio classics, “Street Fighting Man,” and then went into a trio of covers from their ’60s and ’70s eras: the R&B classic (popularized by Otis Redding) “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie” (which happens to be one of our Top 5 Chuck Berry songs in the Stones’ repertoire) and the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me).”

They followed that with their 1978 #1 hit “Miss You,” before returning to covers with Robert Johnson’s “Love In Vain”; for that song, they were joined by former guitarist Mick Taylor (who joined them at their2012 shows as well). Taylor stayed with them for a second song: “Midnight Rambler.”

They wrapped up with three of their biggest hits: “Start Me Up,” “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” before bidding the crowd goodnight.

Watch a few clips from the band’s official YouTube channel below:

The official kick off to the Stones 2013 tour is Friday night, May 3, at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, and will have full coverage of the concert. Tickets are still available for the show. Get more information at the band’s official website.

— Brian Ives,


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