Rolling Stones release Live at the El Mocambo on Friday

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      I've been lucky enough to see some amazing rock shows in Vancouver bars over the years.

      As far as local club gigs go, I'd have to rank Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1978 on the You're Gonna Get It Tour and Kiss in 1975 on the Hotter Than Hell Tour as particularly memorable.

      Both those shows were at the Commodore Ballroom, which was one of the finer music joints in town.

      It was also pretty sweet seeing the Tragically Hip, at the peak of its career, playing a surprise Food Bank benefit to the fortunate few at Vancouver's wee Railway Club in 1995.

      But I still wish to hell I could have seen the Rolling Stones play the El Mocambo in Toronto back in 1977.

      The Stones played two famous secret concerts at the 300-capacity club on March 4 and 5 of '77, and the lucky bums who got in to see the shows haven't stopped talking about it since. 

      Like the Hip in '95, the Stones were as good as they ever got in '77, whether churning out stone-cold classics like "Brown Sugar" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" or showcasing then-recent ditties such as "Hand of Fate" and "Hot Stuff".

      The good news for all the poor slobs who missed those gigs is that the Stones' full set from the March 5 show--plus three tracks from the March 4 gig--will be released for the first time this Friday (May 13). Live at the El Mocambo will be available on double CD, 4 LP black vinyl, 4 LP neon vinyl, and digitally.

      You can order it here


      1. Honky Tonk Women

      2. All Down The Line

      3. Hand Of Fate

      4. Route 66

      5. Fool To Cry

      6. Crazy Mama

      7. Mannish Boy

      8. Crackin’ Up

      9. Dance Little Sister

      10. Around And Around

      11. Tumbling Dice

      12. Hot Stuff

      13. Star Star

      14. Let’s Spend The Night Together

      15. Worried Life Blues

      16. Little Red Rooster

      17. It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll

      18. Rip This Joint

      19. Brown Sugar

      20. Jumpin’ Jack Flash

      21. Melody

      22. Luxury

      23. Worried About You