Rolling Stones fans in Paris scrambled to get tickets after the band announced a surprise "warm-up gig" in a small club ahead of their upcoming tour.
Fans rushed to the Virgin Megastore on Champs Elysees after the Stones announced the gig, set for Thursday night, on Twitter. Just 350 tickets were available
Tickets were just 15 euro ($19.50), but were printed with the names of the ticket holder, with ID required at the door to prevent scalping.
Guitarist Ronnie Wood had leaked news of plans to play in small clubs earlier this week, in an interview with British music magazine NME. The Stones sometimes play small clubs under the name the Cockroaches.
Fans said the Paris gig would be held at the Trabendo, a 700-capacity venue in northern Paris.
Music lovers in Paris also reported rumours the Stones would play a private concert to a crowd of bankers invited by Paris-based investment house Carmignac Gestion.
Carmignac has sent out mystery invitations to a gig next Monday called the "biggest secret event of the year." The investment bank has previously held secret concerts for an exclusive audience by former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed and British rocker Rod Stewart.
Last week, the Rolling Stones, who have not played live in five years, announced four arena shows in London and the U.S. to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Tickets for those shows, at London’s O2 Arena on Nov. 25 and 29 and the Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. on Dec. 13 and 15, range from $150 US up.
Guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, lead singer Mick Jagger and drummer Charlie Watts will perform on a stage designed around the band's trademark tongue and lips logo, and organizers have promised a high-tech live experience. Jagger has also hinted that the four concerts could be followed by a longer tour.