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PJ Harvey played a surprise gig at the 175-capacity VIPER ROOM in LOS ANGELES on Monday (October 16) with a stellar audience including members of HOLE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, BECK and SHERYL CROW.

Tickets for the gig had gone on sale just an hour before the doors opened.

Unveiling a new band – Timothy Farthing on guitar, Eric Feldman on bass, Laika frontwoman Margaret Fielder on guitar and cello and Robert Ellis on drums and keyboards – Polly played a 14-song set.

US website Allstar reports that it comprised mainly tracks from PJ Harvey‘s new album, ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’, which is released in the UK on Monday (October 23) and in the US on October 31.

During the hour-long show, which included three encores, Polly said: “These are mostly new songs we’re playing tonight. This is our third gig ever.”

The all-star audience included Scott Weiland and Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots, Zack De La Rocha of RATM, Hole‘s Erik Erlandson and Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis.

PJ Harvey are expected to tour America in February. As reported on NME.COM earlier today, the band performed ‘Good Fortune’ from the new album on Tonight With Jay Leno in the US last night.