The concert actually began with a short film about the band, featuring such fans as Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett, Iggy Pop, Pete Townshend and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys explaining why they love The Rolling Stones. Stars like Jack Nicholson, Eddie Murphy, Nicole Kidman, Vanessa Hudgens, Paul Stanley and members of Foo Fighters and No Doubt watched the film, and the show, from their seats.
Celebrities also appeared on stage:
- Gwen Stefani -- sporting a spangled T-shirt of the Stones' tongue-and-lips logo -- sang with Mick Jagger on "Wild Horses." Afterwards Jagger asked, "Where do I get one of those T-shirts?"
- Country star and American Idol judge Keith Urban traded guitar licks with Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood on "Respectable," as well as joining Mick on the mic.
- Former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor played on "Midnight Rambler," in an arrangement that extended the song's slow, grinding middle section.
The first thing Jagger said from stage was, "Good evening, Los Angeles! Or it is really just Beverly Hills, Brentwood and parts of Santa Monica," an apparent reference to the tonier areas of the city. Seats were initially priced from $250 to $600, but promoters AEG Live eventually began selling $150 and, finally, $85 seats, which resulted in a full house, with last-minute buyers filing into the arena as the concert got under way.
The band appeared happy and played with spirit and intensity, while the 69-year-old Jagger seemed to gather energy as the evening progressed. The set included such rarely performed numbers as "Factory Girl" (from 1968's Beggars Banquet) and the 1980 hit "Emotional Rescue," which Jagger noted they'd "never ever done on stage before." The chorus to the early hit "The Last Time," seemed particularly appropriate to the 50 and Counting tour: "This could be the last time / This could be the last time / Maybe the last time / I don't know."
QUEENSRYCHE: Committed to Future, No Matter What Name
The version of Queensryche that has three original members doesn't seem to be worried about Geoff Tate's version of the band.
Drummer Scott Rockenfield says the legal issues over the name will be settled one way or another, even if that means keeping their court date with Tate in November. Rockenfield adds that adjusting to life after Tate was similar to when original guitarist Chris DeGarmo left in 1997. He says the transition to vocalist Todd LeTorre has been "a perfect fit" and that they're just focused on forging this "new chapter" for the band.
Queesnryche's self-titled album is due out June 25th.
PUMPKINS, FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, GOO GOO DOLLS: Seen on SessionsSmashing Pumpkins, Fitz and the Tantrums and Goo Goo Dolls will all appear on the upcoming season of Guitar Center Sessions.
The performance series airs on DirecTV's Audience Network every Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET and 10:00 p.m. PT. The Pumpkins perform on the season debut May 17th, with Frank Turner on May 24th, Goo Goo Dolls May 31st, One Republic June 7th and Fitz and the Tantrums on June 14th.
BEASTIE BOYS: Brooklyn Park Dedicated to Adam "MCA" Yauch
It was a beautiful day in Brooklyn, New York this morning, and Beastie Boys fans, family and friends gathered as a playground was re-named for the late Adam Yauch.
Almost one year after his death from cancer, the Palmetto Playground is now the Adam Yauch Playground. According to New York City's Parks Department, it's the same park he learned to ride a bicycle in.
The Beasties' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Yauch's mother also spoke. Ad-Rock told the crowd, "Like the Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys is for the children."
Adam Yauch Park features basketball courts, a community garden, a greenhouse, a fitness area and a dog run.
DEF LEPPARD: Twitter Is for TwitsDef Leppard singer Joe Elliott hosted a chat on Twitter on Thursday despite not having a Twitter account -- and don’t count on him getting one anytime soon. He says, “I don’t tweet because I don’t believe every single second of what I'm doing is important to share. If it is, it'll be on Def Leppard website.”
That was about the biggest piece of news. He says there are no plans for an album or songwriting in the immediate future.
BLACK SABBATH: Ward Didn't Get the MessageOzzy Osbourne says even if Black Sabbath were able to come to terms with drummer Bill Ward for their reunion, he’s not sure Ward would have been in shape for the tour.
Ozzy tells Mojo magazine, “We looked at Bill, and he couldn't remember what we were doing… You know them yellow stick-on memo notes? He had them all over his drums. I was like, 'What's that for, Bill?' He said, 'I can't remember what I'm doing.' I go, 'How are you gonna remember out of those 500,000 bits of paper stuck all over your kit, which one you're looking at, Bill?' [He said,] 'I'll know.' Ah, okay, great. I'm not gonna give Bill a hatchet job, but at the same time we haven't got the patience to deal with it."
Ward’s place on 13, Sabbath's reunion album, was taken by Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine. Tommy Clufetos from Ozzy’s band is filling in on the road.
BOSTON BOMBINGS: All-Star ShowAerosmith, Boston, James Taylor, The J. Geils Band, Carole King, Jimmy Buffett, Godsmack and many others will come together on May 30th for Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration at the TD Garden in Boston.
Net ticket proceeds will benefit The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Boston mayor Thomas Menino to help the people most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15th.
Also on the bill are country star Jason Aldean, comics Dane Cook and Steven Wright, Extreme and New Kids on the Block, with more acts to be announced. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. ET.
REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS: Bittersweet Night for Metal
It should have been an all-out celebration, but the news of the death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman earlier in the day, lent an edge of sorrow to the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Still, with the genre's biggest band, Metallica, not only getting the Ronnie Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, but also performing the closing set, and many other memorable performances and special guests, it was quite a night at L.A.'s Club Nokia.
Hanneman was remembered early and often:
- In the opening set, by Anthrax, guest vocalist Phil Anselmo dedicated "This Love" by his old band, Pantera to Hanneman.
- Host Chris Jericho dedicated the show to Hanneman's memory.
- When Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 won the first award, for Best Guitarist, he dedicated it to him, as well.
- Later, Hanneman's longtime guitar partner in Slayer, Kerry King, took the stage as a presenter, but first led the audience in not a moment of silence, but "because this is metal, a moment of noise" in honor of his fallen bandmate.