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Stones Return To Stage At Surprise Paris Gig
The Rolling Stones have entertained fans with some of their biggest hits at their first live concert in five years.
Just 350 tickets went on sale for the short show in Paris on Thursday evening, after the band informed people of their plans with a message on Twitter.
Fans paid just 15 euros (£12) - in contrast to the £375 many had to shell out when tickets went on sale last week for a pair of gigs at The O2 in London to mark the band's 50th anniversary.
Within hours of being snapped up, tickets were exchanging hands online for thousands of pounds, with some going for up to £12,000.
The set list for the gig at La Trabendo - an intimate venue in the northeast of the French capital, close to the Parc de la Villette - included Start Me Up, Miss You and the new single, Doom and Gloom.
An encore included smash hits Jumpin' Jack Flash and Brown Sugar.
"I can't believe we're all still standing up, you'd think by now one or two of us would be sitting down, but we're not," lead singer Mick Jagger told fans during the 75-minute show.
Gig-goers, who queued for their tickets at the Virgin Megastore on Champs-Elysees earlier in the day, were warned: "Mobile phones, cameras, video equipment and recording devices are strictly prohibited."
"We were right next to them, we could see them perfectly," said one French fan. "It was a very small room and they were running all over the stage...they seemed really happy."
The concert was The Stones' first since 2007, when their Bigger Bang tour ground to a halt.
The band has been rehearsing in Paris in recent weeks ahead of the two dates in London, which will be followed by two further concerts in New York.
The Stones are about to release another greatest hits album which includes two new tracks, including Doom And Gloom, which last week peaked at number 97 in the official singles chart.
Despite the clamour for gig tickets, Doom And Gloom saw the worst performance by a new single for the group.