Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour

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Rolling Stones To Play ‘Secret’ LA Show – But You’re Probably Not Going.

Mick Jagger, left, Keith Richards and their Rolling Stones bandmates kicked off their North American tour with a small club show in Los Angeles Wednesday.(Photo: Jane Bouquet, AP) The legendary British rock & roll band launched – just about in the literal sense – its 2015 North American tour Wednesday with a rollicking 90-minute set in front of about 1,000 fans at Hollywood’s Fonda Theatre.LOS ANGELES — The Rolling Stones performed Wednesday night at the intimate Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, but Mick Jagger had another city – and a much larger venue – on his mind.

The rumored concert, which sold out immediately when tickets were put on sale earlier in the day, served as a club-sized warm-up to the summer’s 15-city Zip Code stadium tour, which starts Sunday at San Diego’s Petco Park. “This is the first show of our tour. Only about 1,200 fast-typing fans secured tickets for the show, in which the bank was is expected to play every song from its “Sticky Fingers” album, which is being re-released in a deluxe edition including bonus tracks. The Stones announced the show via their official Twitter account and the band’s website, which said only that a “Los Angeles Club Show” would be held in the 90028 ZIP code. If the veteran band’s frequently rousing concert Wednesday provided an accurate gauge, Jagger and company haven’t lost a step in the intervening decade.

Their ability to still hit the ball out of the park, repeatedly, was reinforced by the group’s Fonda show, which was announced late Wednesday morning and sold out in an instant. The Stones, led by an amazingly energetic Jagger, began the concert, fittingly, with Start Me Up, the first of 16 songs that included a tribute to the late B.B. During the show, a lean Jagger, wearing a long-sleeve black t-shirt, strutted authoritatively back and forth on the stage, spinning gracefully and gesturing expressively with his hands and arms. He then jokingly referred to a number of celebrities in the audience, several of whom – most notably Clark Gable – are long deceased. “And Taylor Swift is here with Dean Martin.

Jagger, 71, who has played with Richards as part of the Stones for more than 50 years, said performing the entire Sticky Fingers album was “something we had never done before.” Showing a playful side, he reminded fans of record albums: “We used to make records and they went round and round. They had cardboard covers.” He continued: “We’ll be doing (the songs) in the order of the 8-track tape,” bringing back memories for much of the audience, which included younger fans mixed in with a healthy helping of baby boomers. “A lot of this is a joke, so don’t be too literal.” Before performing Sister Morphine, Jagger warned the audience: “There may be a lot of ’60s drug references in this record, which could puzzle some people. … It was a great, groovy scene.” The band got such big applause for the Sticky Fingers tracks that Jagger quipped, “Next year, we’ll come back and do the whole of Satanic Majesties,” a reference to the band’s 1967 album, Their Satanic Majesties Request.

The four longtime bandmates were joined on stage by as many as seven other musicians, including Darryl Jones (bass); Chuck Lavell (keyboard); Matt Clifford (keyboards and French horn); Lisa Fischer (vocal); Bernard Fowler (vocal); Karl Denison (saxophone); and Tim Ries (saxophone). The rollicking “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” was a showcase for the Rolling Stones’ newest touring member, veteran San Diego saxophonist Karl Denson. (An interview with Denson will run in Sunday’s U-T San Diego Arts section). His bravura tenor sax solo on “Knocking” earned a snappy salute from guitarist Ron Wood and a broad smile of approbation from fellow guitarist Keith Richards.

Those lucky enough to get into the Fonda witnessed an intimate performance that, in size, scale and presentation, differed dramatically from the eye-popping stadium tour the band will unveil Sunday at Petco Park. There were no video screens at the Fonda, no fancy lighting, no block-long stage, no pyrotechnics, no frills of any kind, although the seemingly tireless Jagger comes across as bigger-than-life in any concert setting. (There were also, happily, no cell phones, since all had to be surrendered by attendees before entering the venue.

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