The Rolling Stones played a surprise gig at the EchoPlex, a small club in Los Angeles, this past Saturday night, April 27. The Stones announced the gig via Twitter that afternoon, sending thousands of fans scrambling to the Echo Park neighborhood club, which holds only 700 people. Tickets were $20.
The Rolling Stones will release their new documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, May 21 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The film uses archive footage to tell the full story of the band's history, and includes new interviews with band members, who reflect on their time together. It will be available as a DVD/Blu-ray and download.
Billboard.biz reports that the Rolling Stones will launch a North American arena tour during the first half of the year. Although an official statement hasn't been released yet, it seems the band will play fewer than 20 dates. RollingStone.com reports that the shows will kick off May 2.
Backbeat Books will publish a new book for gear heads, Rolling Stones Gear: All the Rolling Stones Instruments from Stage to Studio, on September 9. The hardcover book is by Andy Babiuk, who wrote Beatles Gear, and Greg Prevost.
Music from last week's 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief in New York City is now available on iTunes. A physical CD will be released in January via Columbia Records. The album features select performances from the epic December 12 concert, which took place at Madison Square Garden. Some of the stand-out songs include Eric Clapton playing the Derek and the Dominos track "Got To Be Better In a Little While" and Cream's "Crossroads."
The Rolling Stones were joined onstage by Eric Clapton last night, November 29, in the second of two London O2 Arena shows celebrating the band's 50th anniversary. Following in the footsteps of fellow guitar great Jeff Beck, who performed with the Stones Sunday night, Clapton joined the band to rip through another blues standard, Muddy Waters' "Champagne & Reefer," which the band also performed with Buddy Guy several years ago.
This past Sunday night at London's O2 Arena, The Rolling Stones performed the first of five 50th-anniversary shows, which are scheduled through December 15. Several guest stars joined the band that night, including Jeff Beck (who was offered a chance to be in the Stones at one point) and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, who brought along a Bigsby-equipped, vintage Les Paul.