I have a recurring fantasy: that I am in a small bar or music club, and a legend of music history takes the stage completely by surprise. I am then transported into ecstasy as some of the greatest music ever is performed up-close and personal.
The Rolling Stones just did a version of this in Los Angeles:
Legendary band The Rolling Stones played a surprise gig at Los Angeles’ Echoplex on Saturday night. The club, normally home to hipster acts on coveted weekend slots, has a capacity of 700. Admittance was granted by lottery, held in early afternoon with tickets selling for $20 a pop.
The band opened with “You Got Me Rocking” followed by “Respectable,” “She’s So Cold” and “Live With Me,” the latter featuring Bobby Keys on saxophone. Jagger strapped on a guitar himself for a cover of The Temptations’ “Just My Imagination” and later whipped out a harmonica solo. Other highlights included “Miss You,” covers of Otis Redding’s “That’s How Strong My Love Is” (Jagger’s introduction: “We’re gonna do a ballad now, a kinda soul ballad anyway”) and Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie” and the late-set appearance of “Midnight Rambler.” <source>
If only I could have been there…
So here are my other musical acts for this scenario:
- Paul McCartney
- Original Jefferson Airplane
- The Who
What are yours?