Last night (October 25th) the Rolling Stones rocked Paris' Trabendo, the 700-capacity club, playing their first show since 2007 and kicking off their 50th anniversary comeback. The Associated Press reported that Mick Jagger joked to the crowd, who paid a meager $20 per head: "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." The 12-song set kicked off with the Bobby Troup classic, "Route 66," which was the opening song on the band's April 1964 self-titled debut.
Even today, Mick Jagger still credits the Stones' early fans and repertoire for shaping them into the musicians they are now: "When we started playing, we had a super-enthusiastic club audience; and that audience really taught us how to behave, how to have repartee with the audience and so on. Even from those early days, it's not really that different to the exchange that you get with a big audience."
Keith Richards told us that the energy created by the Stones' live shows has always been a reflection of what's been going down in front of them on stage: "They create (laughs) pandemonium, excitement on stage. It's a two-way thing. When you get up there, you realize the only difference is that you're what they're looking at -- otherwise you're all in it together."
Today -- Friday, October 26th -- is the general on sale for the Stones' December 13th and 15th shows at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center.
The Rolling Stones' two London shows on November 25th and 29th at London's O2 arena sold out in only seven minutes and temporarily crashed the Ticketmaster server.
The Rolling Stones' Thursday night (October 25th) setlist in Paris:
"It's Only Rock N' Roll"
"When The Whip Comes Down"
"Champagne And Reefer"
"Doom And Gloom"
"Start Me Up"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"