Ahead of their 50th anniversary shows in London and Newark, The Rolling Stones played a surprise warm-up show at Champs-Elysées in Paris on Thursday night. The band announced the gig this morning, offering 350 tickets at a whopping $20 a ticket.
Spanning a little more than an hour, the highly intimate set tackled some of the group’s all-time classics (“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Tumbling Dice”), their hits (“Start Me Up”, “Shattered”), their new track (“Doom & Gloom”), and, despite a recently leaked (and highly spoilerific) setlist, a few surprises (“It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)”, ”When the Whip Comes Down”, and a Muddy Waters cover of “Champagne & Reefer”). Not surprisingly, use of cell phones or recording devices were strictly prohibited; regardless, we’ll keep our eyes out for any fan footage. Update: Watch a eight minutes worth of cell phone footage below.
The Stones will next perform at London’s O2 Arena on November 25th and 29th and at Newark’s Prudiental Center on December 13th and 15th. These dates mark the band’s first performances together since 2007 and highlight an anniversary campaign that already includes a career-spanning compilation featuring two new songs in addition to a documentary set to premiere on HBO in November.
Route 66 (Nat King Cole cover)
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
When the Whip Comes Down
Champagne & Reefer (Muddy Waters cover)
Doom & Gloom
Start Me Up
Jumpin’ Jack Flash