Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger waves to fans as he arrives at La Trabendo in Paris on Thursday.(Photo: Thibault Camus, AP)
The Rolling Stones rolled out the hits in a Paris club Thursday
night, thrilling 600 fans who crammed into the small LaTrabendo venue
for a sweaty, high-energy one-hour set.
Admission was 15 Euros
($19.42), a pittance compared to ticket prices for the band's upcoming
arena shows in Newark and London, where seats are priced from $172 to
The Paris gig, the band's first live performance since 2007,
took place 48 years to the day after the Stones made their debut
appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Stones are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a batch of concerts and the Nov. 13 release of GRRR!, a greatest-hits set containing two new songs, One More Shot and Doom and Gloom.
The latter cropped up midway through a classic-heavy 12-song set list that opened with Route 66 and flashed back to early peaks across the band's five-decade career: It's Only Rock and Roll, Shattered, When the Whip Comes Down, Champagne and Reefer, Miss You, Tumbling Dice, Start Me Up and Midnight Rambler, closing with an encore of Jumping Jack Flash and Brown Sugar. Mick Jagger, who addressed the crowd in French, signed autographs after the show.
drummer Charlie Watts and guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood
were accompanied by keyboardist Chuck Leavell and bassist Darryl Jones.
"secret" show, announced on Twitter early Thursday, was no surprise,
especially to fans aware of the band's long tradition of previewing
tours with intimate warm-up club appearances.
The Stones will play
the O2 Arena in London on Nov. 25 and 29. Those tickets sold out in
seven minutes. The Dec. 13 and 15 concerts at the Prudential Center in
Newark go on sale Friday.