The Associated Press has reported that The Rolling Stones will indeed play a small gig in Paris to warm up for their four 50th anniversary shows. The tickets for the warm-up gig, which will mark their first performance in over five years, went on sale for only $20, with only 350 tickets being released. Tickets were limited to two per person, and no cell phones or recording devices will be allowed in the venue.
The Rolling Stones recently announced that they’ll be playing four massive shows to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Two will be held at London’s 02 Arena on Nov. 25 and 29, and two will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Dec. 13 and 15. The Nov. 25 performance will be the Stones’ first in over five years, so, naturally, they decided it’d probably be a good idea to play a few warm-up gigs to knock off the rust.
Guitarist Ronnie Wood recently told NME that the band has been holding fast to a rehearsal schedule, but that a few smaller performances in front of live audiences—possibly in Paris—will likely be in order.
“There’s going to be little club gigs that we’re gonna surprise ourselves to do as well,” said Wood. “We’ll bung a few in next week or the week after, so look out for any Cockroaches gigs or whatever! I 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.”
“Cockroaches” refers to an alias The Rolling Stones have used often over the years. Tickets for all four reunion dates sold out immediately upon going on sale, so unless you want to give up your first-born for a second-hand ticket, your best bet to see the Stones might be to start frequenting small venues around Paris for the next month.