With the Rolling Stones beginning their “50th and Counting” tour on Friday at Staples Center, let’s reach back to the days when they were a more viable force in the rock ‘n’ roll world.

I was in the front of the crowd at the L.A. Coliseum in 1981 when the Stones played with the J. Geils Band and George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers.  Some no-name kid opened the show wearing women’s lingerie and was promptly hit in the hand by a thrown Jack Daniels bottle while playing guitar, and then booed off stage.

The late Bill Graham came out and admonished the crowd, saying that Prince was destined to be huge some day.

Here is footage from the same tour in Tempe – You may want to cut straight to the 11:00-minute mark, where Mick is wearing a Ladainian jersey (how did he know?) and the excitement cuts loose.

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