Rolling Stones Rock Small Paris Venue
PARIS - The Rolling Stones had said Thursday that a surprise warm-up concert in small Parisian venue Trabendo may last only about 30-45 minutes. But they ended up playing for about an hour and 10 minutes, French media reported on Friday.
About 600 fans who showed up at a Virgin Megastore for a ticket sale that was announced last-minute got to hear a carefully selected set of 12 songs from the band's earlier repertoire.
Some of the lucky spectators commented on blogs and social media after the show that Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood seemed in top form, with the former hopping around, dancing and playing the harmonica.
The Stones started with "Route 66," their version of the Chuck Berry classic that was featured on one of their early albums, and continued with "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" and "Champagne and Reefer."
The gig continued with a bluesy playlist with tracks such as "When the Whip Comes Down," "Miss You," "Tumblin' Dice" and "Midnight Rambler." An encore treated the audience to such hits as "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Brown Sugar."
A few French celebrities were spotted in the crowd, such as model Natalia Vodianova, Daphne Guinness and tennis veteran Henri Leconte, Le Nouvel Observateur reported.
It was the first time in more than five years that the band reunited on stage. They had been rehearsing for several days in a studio here and are said to have recorded a video clip in director Luc Besson's Cite du Cinema complex on the outskirts of the French capital.
The band were visibly happy to be together and still kicking, according to reports. "You'd think some of us would be sitting by now but we're not!" Jagger exclaimed after the performance. Keith Richards was seen helping drummer Charlie Watts stand up to greet the audience at the end of the set.
The Rolling Stones will also be performing an invitation-only show for Paris-based investment company Carmignac Gestion at the Mogador Theatre in Paris on Oct. 29.