Even better than they were thirty years ago! The Rolling Stones back with a bang at intimate Paris warm-up gig
15:27 GMT, 26 October 2012
There was a mad rush for tickets as British rockers The Rolling Stones announced a secret Paris warm-up gig on Thursday.
The biggest rock stars in the world didn't disappoint as the lucky few who managed to bag tickets were treated to a night of the band's classic hits.
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Rock god: Mick Jagger gives it his all for 75 minute Paris warm-up gig on Thursday night
Like old times: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards blow the crowd away with their on-stage chemistry
an energetic and intimate performance, fans found themselves in close
proximity to their rock idols as the band proved that they had just as
much on-stage chemistry as they did 50 years ago.
The band, who will be celebrating
their 50th anniversary with a series of special London and New York gigs
next month, opened their set with classic hit Route 66 that also appeared on the group's 1964 debut album.
Mick Jagger chatted to the crowd in French before they performed a selection of their classic tunes including Miss You, Start Me Up, It's Only
Rock 'N' Roll, Tumbling Dice, Midnight Rambler as well as a cover
of Muddy Waters' Champagne & Reefer.
The show also included the live debut of
Doom and Gloom one of two new songs that will appear on The Stones'
upcoming GRRR! compilation.
Start me up: Mick and Keith surprise the crowd with an encore of classic hits
saw them for the first time in 1979 – worst concert I have ever seen.
Tonight – amazing! I saw younger men tonight than I saw in 1979.'
On a high: Mick gives an OK signal as he leaves the gig, while Ronnie wraps himself in a dressing gown
It's a wrap! Keith and Charlie wrap up in dressing gowns as they leave the club after their high-energy show
According to French newspaper Le Parisien, The Stones are planning to play a second Paris show on Monday, a private gig for a financial-investment company.
After the show, Mick even stuck around to sign some autographs before hopping into his black Mercedes.
Fans rushed to secure a place in the audience after the group announced the performance on Twitter the morning of the show.
Standing in line: Devotees of the band queue outside a Virgin Megastore in Paris in a bid to get their hands on tickets for the unexpected show
Flash sale: Fans queue up on the Champs Elysee for Rolling Stones tickets
'350 tickets go on sale at the Virgin Megastore, Champs-Elysees, at 12pm today, €15 each. Two tickets per person.
'Names will be printed on the tickets. On presentation of photo ID at the
venue ticket holders will receive a wristband. Doors open at 8pm.'
Warming up: Mick Jagger leaves Trabendo concert hall in Paris on Thursday, where the warm-up gig will take place
Still on top: Guitarists Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards after rehearsals for their Parisian gig
Waving to the crowds: Mick Jagger seemed to lap up the attention as he prepared for the Parisian show on Thursday night
Taking it in their stride: The stars caused a stir after announcing the intimate gig ahead of their larger scale 50th anniversary gigs next month
'Mobile phones, cameras, video equipment and recording devices are strictly prohibited'
The impromtu gig came after Ronnie Wood
expressed a desire to test their set in front of an small audience
before they took to the grand stage at the O2 Arena in London.
The musician recently told NME they may be performing under their alternative name, Cockroaches.
Not stopping yet: The veteran rockers played at a small venue in the French capital as an extra special treat to a small few
They're back! The Stones are playing their first gig since 2007
Moves like Jagger: Fans happily queued for tickets to see the iconic rock stars perform again
Bargain: The Rolling Stones have announced they are to play a surprise gig in Paris with tickets priced at just 12
said, 'There’s going to be little club gigs that we’re gonna surprise
ourselves to do as well, we’ll bung a few in next week or the week
after, so look out for any Cockroaches gigs or whatever!'
don’t know who we’ll be billed as but we’ll turn up somewhere and put a
few to the test. Tiny, 200, 300 people kind of places.'
The band announced last week that they would be playing two huge shows at the O2 Arena in November.
Queuing around the block: Rock fans swarm to the Virgin Megastore on Champs-lyses in a bid to secure tickets to The Rolling Stones gig
Delighted: The Rolling Stones devotees show off their tickets after successfully securing a place in the crowd
The gigs will be held as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations following the English rock group's formation in 1962.
The foursome – Mick Jagger,
Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood – will also be performing
another two dates at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey in
Ronnie Wood has also said the musicians intend to continue touring after the four shows.
The Rolling Stones will play will play the O2 Arena in London on Nov. 25 and 29. Those tickets sold out in seven minutes.
Tickets for the December 13 and 15 concerts at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey go on sale Friday
Chuffed: Music lovers show off their receipts after purchasing tickets for the show