The Rolling Stones kicked off their 50 and Counting tour Friday at L.A.'s Staples Center, and the show was book-ended by two very different versions of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." The song was first performed by the UCLA Marching Band in the aisles at the back of the hall just before the Stones hit the stage. Then it served as the final number of the Stones' two-hour-and-20-minute, 23-song set.
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:
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."
The Stones played Oakland, California last night.
OPENING NIGHT SETLIST
1) "Get Off of My Cloud"
2) "The Last Time"
3) "It's Only Rock and Roll"
4) "Paint It Black"
5) "Gimme Shelter"
6) "Wild Horses" - with Gwen Stefani
7) "Factory Girl"
8) "Emotional Rescue"
9) "Respectable" with Keith Urban
10) "Doom and Gloom"
11) "One More Shot"
12) "Honky Tony Women"
13) "Before They Make Me Run"
15) "Midnight Rambler" with Mick Taylor
16) "Miss You"
17) "Start Me Up"
18) "Tumbling Dice"
19) "Brown Sugar"
20) "Sympathy for the Devil"
21) "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
22) "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
23) "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"