Thursday, May 28, 2015

Rolling Stones play private show for former HP executive

Rolling Stones at the Belly Up Tavern

The Rolling Stones were hired to play private show at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California on Wednesday by former Hewlett Packard executive Ralph Whitworth.

CBS 8 San Diego reports sources say Whitworth paid at least $2 million for the concert as a celebration for his current wife, Fernanda Lopes, as the couple celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary; The Four Tops played at their wedding in 2006.

The invitation-only event saw about 400-500 friends attend the private show, just days after the group launched their Zip Code Tour of North America at nearby Petco Park in San Diego.

Fans gathered outside the venue as word spread of the Stones appearance, although no tickets were put on sale to the public.

The Stones delivered a 15-song set featuring hits and classic tracks and the rarely-played “Crazy Mama” from 1976’s ”Black And Blue” album – performed for the first time since 1998.

A few years ago, the former HP executive paid $1 million to have Paul McCartney play at his then wife's 50th birthday.

The Rolling Stones’ next concert date is at Columbus’ Ohio Stadium on May 30.

CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

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