Rolling Stones Kick Off “50 and Counting” Tour With Gwen Stefani, Keith Urban…and Jack Nicholson
It's only rock 'n' roll, but a lot of people, including some very big-name celebrities, sure seem to like it. On Friday, May 3, the Rolling Stones celebrated a half-century in the music biz by kicking off their "50 and Counting" tour at Los Angeles's Staples Center, and they were joined--onstage and in the audience--by some very famous guests.
The first surprise guest to sit in with the Stones--though it wasn't a surprise if you'd checked out her giddy Twitter page earlier that afternoon--was No Doubt frontgoddess Gwen Stefani, who sauntered out in a bedazzled lips-logo'd T-shirt, leather leggings, and flat-ironed Cher hair to duet with iconic frontgod Mick Jagger on "Wild Horses." It wasn't a perfect pairing--the song seemed to be in slightly too low a key for Gwen, and she probably would have fared better on a jauntier, dancier Stones number like "Emotional Rescue" or "Miss You." But her starry-eyed enthusiasm was still adorable to behold. (A true fan, she'd also been spotted six days earlier in the audience at the Stones' warm-up gig at L.A.'s 700-capacity Echoplex club.) She really was just a girl…singing onstage with one of the most famous rock stars of all time.
Seemingly equally star-struck was Keith Urban, who joined the Stones for a three-way guitar throwdown on "Respectable," and respectably held his own alongside the band's more famous Keith (Keith Richards, that is--duh). The man looked so happy that at one point he dropped to his knees in worship at Mick's pointy-booted feet; suffice to say, he looked way happier than he has while suffering on the "American Idol" panel lately.
The other exciting guest of the evening was another Mick: Mick Taylor, who was the Stones' guitarist from 1969-74, the fruitful years in between Brian Jones and Ronnie Wood. His epic "Midnight Rambler" jam session alongside Richards and Wood, as Jagger (one of the best male dancers in rock) wailed on harmonica and flailed with abandon, was a highlight of the band's 23-song set.