The Rolling Stones rocked Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Friday (May 3) with superstar guests and enduring hits at the opening U.S. date of the band’s 50th anniversary tour, 50 and Counting.
Last week, the band shocked the city with a surprise $20 show at the tiny Echoplex club. Lucky fans who were able to score tickets rubbed elbows with celebrities like Johnny Depp and James Woods, as Mick Jagger and company ran through a high-profile dress rehearsal.
At Friday’s show, the well-heeled crowd spanned multiple generations, with some families (parents and children) attending the event together.
Inside the arena, the lights dimmed as a video of fan testimonials played on the big-screen behind the stage (including celebrities such as Iggy Pop and the aforementioned Johnny Depp) discussing their love for the band.
The video was followed by an unexpected performance from the UCLA Bruins Marching Band, who filled the aisles of the main floor while performing a rendition of Stones classic “Satisfaction,” much to the audience’s delight (although a smattering of good-natured boos from fans and alumni of crosstown rival college USC could be heard throughout the crowd).
The Stones finally hit the stage with the 1965 single “Get Off of My Cloud.” Mick Jagger ran around the expansive stage, which was shaped like the band’s famous tongue logo. The band pushed on with “The Last Time” and charged through fan favorites “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It),” “Paint it Black” and an explosive rendition of “Gimme Shelter.”
For full concert review, including other special guests, go to Radio.com.