Rolling Stones Play Small Paris Club as Tour Warm-Up

The Rolling Stones will play a small and inexpensive “warm-up gig” tonight in Paris. The show will serve to prepare the band – which hasn’t played together in five years — for some large arena shows in London and New Jersey later this year.

“The Rolling Stones are playing a short warm-up gig tonight, Thursday 25th Oct, in Paris,” read a tweet posted to the band’s official Twitter account.

The French newspaper Le Parisien reported that the concert would be held at the Trabendo theater, which holds 700 people. The newspaper also reported that only 360 tickets would be offered for sale, and that the rest of the seats would be reserved for invited guests. The show is expected to last between 30 and 45 minutes. Tickets for the show cost 15 euros ($19.50).

As you might expect, the group wants to keep the gig an intimate affair.

“Doors open at 8pm,” the band wrote on Twitter. “Mobile phones, cameras, video equipment and recording devices are strictly prohibited.”

Guitarist Ronnie Wood told NME earlier this week that the band would likely be doing small club shows in preparation for later bigger shows, and that they may perform under an alias.

“There’s going to be little club gigs that we’re gonna surprise ourselves to do as well,” Wood told the magazine, “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 to put a few to the test. Tiny, 200, 300 people kind of places.”

Wood also spoke of the group’s current rehearsal routine.

“We’re all making a concentrated effort of being there on time every day,” he said. “We start at three o’clock in the afternoon, we go through dinner time, we have one break and so far everything has been [like] an operation, nose to the grindstone. We wanna give 200 percent.”

The group previously announced that they would play large arena shows in New York and London later this year, and finally released the specifics last week. The London shows will take place at the O2 Arena on November 25 and 29, and the New York area shows will actually be held in New Jersey at the Prudential Center in Newark on December 13 and 15.