The Rolling Stones rocked a small club in Los Angeles on Saturday night for a minuscule crowd compared to the thousands set to see them launch their “50 and Counting” anniversary tour a week later on May 3 at the Staples Center.
The band kicked off the hush-hush 90-minute concert at the Echoplex in the hip Echo Park neighborhood with “You Got Me Rocking” before catapulting into a mix of new and old material.
“Welcome to Echo Park, a neighborhood that’s always coming up – and I’m glad you’re here to welcome an up-and-coming band,” lead singer Mick Jagger joked after the second song of the evening, “Respectable.”
Despite clocking in several decades as a band, Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood showed no signs of slowing down Saturday.
Toward the end of the show, the band was joined by former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor for their version of Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain,” as well as “Midnight Rambler.”
Bruce Willis, Gwen Stefani and Skrillex were among the famous faces in the crowd.
Lewis attends ‘King of Comedy’ fest
The Tribeca Film Festival has ended on a royal note with Jerry Lewis showing up at the 30th-anniversary screening of “The King of Comedy.”
The 87-year-old comedian-actor walked out to thunderous applause after the screening Saturday, joining co-star Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese.
Lewis answered questions about the making of the film and he brought the audience to laughter with a tale about a guy he met on a subway train.
In the movie, Lewis plays a talk show host kidnapped by a deranged comedian played by De Niro.
De Niro co-founded the festival as a way to rebuild the neighborhood where the World Trade Center fell in the 9/11 attacks.
The birthday bunch
Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 70. Singer Tommy James is 66. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 59. Actress Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek: Voyager”) is 58. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 56. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 55. Actress Eve Plumb is 55. Actress Uma Thurman is 43. Rapper Master P is 43.