"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, 69, told fans at the Trabendo, a 700-capacity venue in northern Paris, during the 75 minute surprise show.
Sounds like a perfect setting for a concert that kicked off with "Route 66" and ended with "Brown Sugar".
Some got an additional perk after the show, as Jagger signed autographs before he left in a black Mercedes sedan. Earlier this month, the band announced they would perform four concerts at large arenas; two in London and at the Pru Center in Newark, NJ to celebrate their 50th anniversary, their first since the 2007 world tour.
The Paris music scene has been awash with rumors that the Stones will also play to bankers invited by Paris-based investment house Carmignac Gestion at a theatre in the heart of Paris on Monday. Carmignac sent out mystery invitations with the date and location of what it called "the biggest secret event of the year" without identifying the performer. The investment house has declined to comment.
At Thursday's gig, the band banned mobile phones, cameras, video equipment and recording devices from those attending.
10/25/12 The Rolling Stones set list:
It's Only Rock 'N' Roll
When The Whip Comes Down
Champagne And Reefer
Doom And Gloom
Start Me Up
Jumpin' Jack Flash