Rolling Stones fans lucky enough to score one of the 700 $19.45 tickets available for pre-tour warm-up concert staged Thursday (10/25) in Paris were treated to a high energy set of material spanning multiple eras of the group's five decades. The set roared to live with a rollicking verison of Route 66on the stage of Trabendo in the northern part of Paris and also included versions of Tumbling Dice, Miss You, Midnight Rambler, Jmping Jack Flash and Doom And Gloom, one of two new songs recorded recently in a local studio. The Stones left the crowd with Brown Sugar a little over an hour after taking the stage. At least one additional small venue date is expected to take place before the band goes large at the O2 Arena in London November 25th.
Two long departed members of the Rolling Stones are expected to perform with the group for at least a portion of the two dates scheduled for December in the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Rolling Stone has said the rumored reunion plan seems to have firmed up and raised the possibility that Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor may not be the only special guests gracing the stage on December 13 and 15 in the Garden State. As to whether the two London two NJ shows represent the only concerts the band plans on doing, Keith Richards told RollingStone.com, '...once the juggernaut starts rolling, it ain't gonna stop. So without definitely saying yes - yeah. We ain't doing this for four gigs!'.