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Stones Roll Over Star-Packed LA Theater Crowd

The gliteratti showed up for a special small theater performance by the Rolling Stones to conclude their LA engagement:

    Rock stars among the 2,200 fans at the Wiltern Theater included Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood, Dwight Yoakam, Kiss singer Paul Stanley, former Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha and Eagles bass player Timothy B. Schmit.

    The film and TV community was represented by Anjelica Huston, Benicio del Toro, writer/director Cameron Crowe, comedian Dennis Miller, Peter Boyle of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and Reese Witherspoon.

    ….The Wiltern stop marked the final show of the Rolling Stones’ Los Angeles trilogy. They played at the 20,000-capacity Staples Center last Thursday and the 45,000-capacity Edison Field on Saturday. The last time they played such a small venue in Los Angeles was in 1972 at the Hollywood Palladium, an old ballroom that holds about 3,500 people.

    The Rolling Stones have played four other small shows since their “Licks” world tour kicked off on Sept. 3: in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. They have one more left in Las Vegas on Nov. 29. The rest of the tour is divided between stadiums and arenas, with the song selections notably different among the venues.

    For almost two hours, Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood and drummer Charlie Watts mixed old tunes like “Stray Cat Blues” and B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby” with crowd-pleasing classics like “Start Me Up” and “Honky Tonk Women.”

    ….Surprisingly, given the high-wattage crowd, the Stones deigned to share the spotlight with only one guest, opening act Solomon Burke. The rotund soul icon staggered on stage to make a cameo appearance as the band covered Burke’s 1960s tune “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”

    One of Burke’s sons draped Jagger in his father’s elaborate cape, much to Jagger’s delight, while Burke Sr. declared the band to be “the true kings of rock ‘n’ roll.”

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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