Rolling Stones start tour with surprise LA show

The show was the “final dress rehearsal” before their tour

Early Saturday (April 27th), two thousand music fans in Los Angeles aligned the sidewalk outside of the El Rey Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. These fans were waiting patiently for tickets to the see The Rolling Stones across town at a popular venue called The Echoplex in Echo Park. The surprise announcement was made via Twitter early Saturday morning.

The tickets were distributed through a lottery system that allowed each person to purchase a single ticket for $20. The Echoplex has a capacity of 650 so many fans were turned away from getting tickets to what is being being described as a final dress rehearsal for the band’s upcoming 50 and Counting Tour, or as frontman Mick Jagger put it on stage, “the first show of our North American tour,” that kicks off at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 3rd.

As expected, it wasn’t long after tickets were distributed that the show was sold out.

A message was also posted to fans who were not lucky enough to score tickets.

The Stones rocked family, friends and a few hundred of their biggest fans with some of their most recognizable classic material. Besides both Los Angeles shows, the 50 and Counting Tour will make stops in Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia this summer.

The Rolling Stones Echoplex Set List


Here’s a short clip of The Echoplex performance.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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