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Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: (FILES) Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards performs at the Dodgers' Stadium in Los Angeles, 22 November 2006. Richards admitted to snorting his own father's ashes in an interview publicised Tuesday 03 April 2007. "The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father, I snorted my father," he told the New Musical Express (NME). Richards, whose father Bert died in 2002 at the age of 84, has been notorious for his drug use since the Stones became worldwide stars in the 1960s. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS/FILES (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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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