PARIS: Rock legends the Rolling Stones were due to play a surprise mini-gig in Paris Thursday with 350 tickets priced at 15 euros ($20) each up for grabs from the afternoon.
"The Rolling Stones are playing a short warm-up gig tonight ... in Paris," the group said on Twitter, adding that the tickets would be available from 12 pm (1000 GMT) at the Virgin megastore on the emblematic Champs Elysees avenue.
"Names will be printed on the tickets. On presentation of photo ID at the venue, ticket holders will receive a wristband. Doors open at 8 pm," the message said.
"Mobile phones, cameras, video equipment and recording devices are strictly prohibited."
Le Parisien newspaper said the event would be held at Trabendo, a small theatre with 700 seats located in the Parc de la Villette, a working-class area in eastern Paris.
The band has announced four major concerts in Britain and the United States to mark their 50th anniversary. The Stones' last concerts were in 2007.
There has been outrage in Britain over the steep price of the tickets for the concerts at London's 02 Arena on November 25 and 29 which are up for £406 ($650, 500 euros) a seat on the official ticket website.