April 28, 2013 8:19
The Rolling Stones play tiny club show in Los Angeles - watch
Mick Jagger and company played a 14-song set at the Echo Park venue ahead of their 50 and Counting tour
The gig took place at The Echoplex in the trendy Echo Park neighbourhood, with most tickets distributed to fans via a ticket lottery which took place earlier in the day at the El Rey venue across town, after the news of the show went online that morning.
After playing the second song of the evening, 1978's 'Respectable', frontman Mick Jagger joked: "Welcome to Echo Park, a neighbourhood that's always coming up - and I'm glad you're here to welcome an up and coming band." Scroll down to watch footage from the gig.
Jagger was on energetic form throughout the hour-and-a -half long show, dancing and chatting with the crowd. "Thank you very much, you're too good to us," he said towards the end of the set. "The first show of the tour, probably the best one!"
A host of VIPs also attended the Echoplex gig – which served as a warm up for the band's forthcoming arena tour - including Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, Owen Wilson and members of Green Day and No Doubt. The tour starts officially on May 3 at Los Angeles' Staples Center, visiting a number cities in North America before they headline Glastonbury Festival on June 29 and play London's Hyde Park on July 6 and 13.
The band, who were evidently in a playful mood, took to the stage at 9.15pm (PT) and played a 14-song set, which included covers of songs made famous by Chuck Berry ('Little Queenie'), Otis Redding ('That's How Strong My Love Is') and The Temptations ('Just My Imagination') as well as their own classic material, including hits 'Miss You' and 'Street Fighting Man'.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood were backed by Darryl Jones, Chuck Leavell, Bernard Fowler, Lisa Fischer and Bobby Keys for the show. Former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor also joined the band onstage, playing on their version of Robert Johnson's 'Love In Vain' as well as 'Midnight Rambler'.
Before the band exited the stage, after an encore of 'Brown Sugar' and 'Jumpin' Jack Flash', Jagger said: "Thank you very much everybody, you've given us hope, peace, love and understanding. Goodnight!"
Last year, Green Day played a similarly last-minute gig at the Echoplex, before frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was admitted to rehab.
The Rolling Stones played:
'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'
'Start Me Up'
'Jumpin' Jack Flash'
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