Rolling Stones at the Echoplex Tonight: Hysteria Hits Los Angeles
*SECOND UPDATE 4:47 pm: There are still more tickets to be given away for folks at the El Rey. Details on the second page of this post.
Daniel Kohn The line on Dunsmuir, north of Wilshire
*UPDATE 2:29 pm: Who got in and who didn't? Details on the second page.
The Rolling Stones are playing the Echoplex tonight.
Tickets are onsale right now at the El Rey. $20, cash.
It's a lottery. (Here's the full info on the show from aeglive.com.) They're handing out tokens at this moment.
The official announcement just came down within the hour, but rumors and speculation have been brewing since last night.
That's when folks started lining up in front of the El Rey on Wilshire. One guy we talked to had been there since 1 am.
But too bad for him, because his odds of getting in are the same as someone who just showed up five minutes ago.
No one has any idea how many tickets will be available. The folks working at the El Rey say they know nothing.
Rumor has it that even folks tight with the Stones don't have access to tickets. "This is a true lottery," said someone in-line, though that hasn't been confirmed.
After the band's tour dates for their "50 and Counting" tour were announced, folks speculated they'd play at Coachella, as a warm-up.
But it would have been a "warm-up" in front of tens of thousands of people.
The Echoplex only holds 700 or so, so this seems to make more sense, ahead of their Staples Center show on Friday.