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Rolling Stones Playing Surprise Show At The Echoplex Tonight
Rolling Stones have apparently decided to stop into town a little early before kicking off their "50 and Counting" North American tour at the Staples Center on May 3.
The band is reported to be playing a surprise show at The Echoplex tonight, and some fans
already purchased already standing in line since early this morning could $20 tickets to the show in the tiny (especially by Stones' standards!) venue, according to Live Music Blog. The blog reports: "It seems that the chaps have gotten antsy and need a warmup before playing arenas."
Tickets will go on sale at the El Rey Theatre at 1 pm, and hundreds of fans lined up early this morning quickly as word of the show spread (if you're one of the lucky ones who snags a ticket and you take photos, send them our way here):
Scene at the @elreytheatre in LA for the just announced @RollingStones gig TONIGHT at Echoplex! Photo by @3po1nt0 pic.twitter.com/XOzc8670wQ— LIVE music blog (@livemusicblog) April 27, 2013
Not everyone was happy about the show—the UK group New Build was scheduled to perform at The Echoplex tonight
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— New Build (@newbuildband) April 27, 2013
They weren't happy to be booted from the venue just because of a legendary band:
Isn't that like saying, it sucks that your girlfriend slept with someone else, but since it was Keith Richards, surely you can forgive her?— New Build (@newbuildband) April 27, 2013
New Build wasn't the only one booted. Here's the line-up for the (relatively) sprightly young bands that were originally scheduled:
ST First Unitarian: 4 PopNoir 4:50 SwimDeep 5:50 Splashh 6:50 Virals 7:50 VariousCruelties 8:50 BloodRedShoes 9:50 NOCEREMONY 10:50 NewBuild— The Echo + Echoplex (@TheEchoLA) April 27, 2013
The timing of the show seems perfect, since it happens to be Brit Week at The Echo.Related:
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