The Rolling Stones kicked off their 2013 50 and Counting tour last night (May 3) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The band were joined by Mick Taylor, who has been announced as special guest on the tour, to play “Midnight Rambler”.
Other guests included Gwen Stefani, who joined the band for “Wild Horses” and Keith Urban who played guitar and sang during “Respectable”.
The band took to the stage at 9pm (PT) and played a two hour long, 23 song set that included classic tracks “You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, ‘Satisfaction”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar”, “Paint It Black” and “Tumbling Dice”. Scroll down for a full setlist.
The show started with a brass performance of “Satisfaction” by the UCLA Bruins marching band. Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts then entered the stage to play “Get Off Of My Cloud”, following it with “The Last Time”.
The beaming band performed “Emotional Rescue” live on stage for the first time since it was released in 1980, and also gave a rare live airing to 1968 Beggars Banquet track “Factory Girl”, during which Jagger played acoustic guitar.
“Good evening Los Angeles,” said Jagger to the crowd. “Or is it just Beverly Hills, Brentwood and parts of Santa Monica?” he added, jokingly referring to the posher parts of town.
Jagger also apologised to the audience for the fact that the show date was shifted from May 2 to May 3. “It’s either us or the Lakers,” he said, referring to the basketball team who usually play the downtown Los Angeles venue. “So now you got us. It doesn’t matter to Jack Nicholson, because he was coming to both of them,” he added, pointing out the Hollywood star and famous basketball fan in the crowd.
To warm up for the current tour The Rolling Stones played a tiny club show in Los Angeles last Saturday (April 27) at The Echoplex in the Echo Park neighbourhood.
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!”
The Rolling Stones played:
‘Get Off Of My Cloud’
‘The Last Time’
‘It’s Only Rock N’ Roll’
‘Paint It Black’
‘Doom & Gloom’
‘One More Shot’
‘Honky Tonk Women’
‘Before They Make Me Run’
‘Start Me Up’
‘Sympathy For The Devil’
‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’
‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’