Rolling Stones reveal surprise L.A. club show
The Rolling Stones, in Los Angeles for final rehearsals prior to their official tour opener at the Staples Center on May 3rd, dropped a bombshell on fans today, with word of a surprise club show tonight, apparently at the roughly 700-capacity Echoplex club near downtown.
The Stones' GRRRR Twitter account finally made the announcement at 12:30 PT, saying "The Stones are playing a club show tonight in LA! Random lottery to purchase tickets at the El Rey from 1pm PT."
Area music fans spent much of Saturday (4/27) morning weighing the veracity of Internet rumors that the Stones would announce a surprise show tonight at the venue.
As reported by Kevin Bronson at the reliable buzzbands.la blog, the buzz kicked off when U.K. band New Build tweeted early this morning, "Right, that's it. The Rolling Stones have nicked our gig tngt at the Echo. This time it's personal. Going down to have a word with Mick. #LA."
This followed a tweet yesterday from the Stones' Twitter account saying "Grrrreat things are brewing! Watch this space at 12.30pm PT tomorrow for some news." Stones-watchers may have expected additional dates, seats released for their official first date in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, or any number of things.
But in context with the New Build tweet, Bronson got some eyes on the venue and subsequently reported that "very large trucks were at the Echoplex this morning unloading gear that seems way too large for a typical show there."
By this point, additional Twitter sources were citing sources claiming that tickets would be $20, available at the El Rey Theatre and limited to one per person, and the race was on to line up, still with no official confirmation from the Stones. The official Stones tweet linked to an AEG press release confirming those details.
27 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
3 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
5 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
8 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
11 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
15 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
25 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
28 - Chicago, IL - United Center
31 - Chicago, IL - United Center
3 - Chicago, IL - United Center
6 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
12 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
18 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
29 - Pilton, United Kingdom - Glastonbury Festival
6 - London, United Kingdom - Barclaycard British Summer Time