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Iconic rock band the Rolling Stones continues to defy the odds with their ability to seemingly turn back the hands of time. After 50 years, they continue to fill arenas, ignite crowds, and deliver Satisfaction night after night.

Mick Jagger, the consummate front man, was relentless as he swaggered around the tongue-shaped stage at Staples Center fueled with nonstop energy throughout the 23-song set. Alongside Jagger was the “human riff,” Keith Richards, the guitarist who dreamed the opening salvo of “Satisfaction” and so many other indelible Stones songs. Using his famous open-g tuning, he launched into one famous riff after another. For two and a half hours the band (including Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts) unleashed an arsenal of rock classics, including “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black,” “Brown Sugar,” and “Jumping Jack Flash.”

While the majority of the set leaned on their classics, two rarities were sprinkled in: a deep cut from the 1968 Beggars Banquet album, “Factory Girl,” and the never-before-played title track from 1980’s Emotional Rescue.

The high-point came as Mick Taylor joined them for a three-guitar onslaught during a blistering, hypnotizing version of “Midnight Rambler,” reminding fans why they are still the greatest rock-and-roll band in the world!

  • Concert: The Rolling Stones
  • Date: May 3, 2013
  • Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • Seats: Section 107, Row 16
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