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Rolling Stones Playing Surprise Show At The Echoplex Tonight

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Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform live at 02 Arena on November 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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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):

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Not everyone was happy about the show—the UK group New Build was scheduled to perform at The Echoplex tonight

They weren't happy to be booted from the venue just because of a legendary band:

New Build wasn't the only one booted. Here's the line-up for the (relatively) sprightly young bands that were originally scheduled:

The timing of the show seems perfect, since it happens to be Brit Week at The Echo.Related:
Rolling Stones Delay '50 And Counting Tour' Opener Thanks To Basketball
The Rolling Stones Announce '50 And Counting' North American Tour Dates
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