The Rolling Stones played a surprise gig at the Echoplex in Echo Park over the weekend as an intimate warmup to "50 and Counting," the band's historic anniversary tour that kicks off Friday, May 3 at the Staples Center.
To appreciate how far the band has come you must first appreciate this video of Dean Martin making fun of them on the Hollywood Palace Show in 1964.
While the introduction is glorious for its slurred speech and casual allusion to drug use, it's Martin's patronizing eye roll that follows the live performance that makes this video truly spectacular. That, and the mental imagery of the band "challenging the Beatles to a hair pulling contest."
MORE VIDEOS: The Rolling Stones in Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, photographer Robert Frank used Super 8mm to film the Stones as they walked along Main Street in LA's skid row...The Rolling Stones were in Los Angeles in 1972, recording at famed Sunset Sound, after spending much of the previous year living as tax exiles in the south of France, where they had recorded the basic tracks for their next album in the basement of Keith Richards' rented villa at Nellcôte. When they were in California, those tracks became the core of "Exile On Main Street.
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