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Rolling Stones Paris gig sells out in under an hour

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Rolling Stones Paris gig sells out in under an hour
The tickets for the Rolling Stones gig sold out in 20 minutes on Friday. Archive Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP
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They may have been around for over 50 years but the appetite in France for British rock group the Rolling Stones shows no sign of diminishing. All the 75,000 tickets for their Paris gig in June were sold in under an hour on Friday.

Online ticket offices for the Rolling Stones gig in Paris in June opened at 10am on Friday, but before 11am the sold-out sign had already gone up. 

French media initially reported the 75,000 tickets were all snapped up in just 20 minutes but Pascal Bernardin, the shows producer later said it took 51 minutes before the last seats had been sold.

The British band will play a single gig in France's Stade de France national stadium in Paris on June 13th as part of their 14 On Fire tour and it will be a sell-out.

The store FNAC, one of the official ticket sellers for the gig moved 10,000 tickets in just 1 minute 30 seconds, the chief executive tweeted on Friday. Tickets were priced at between €78 and €150 and several were immediately put up for resale on sites like eBay.

Several of the official ticket vendors reported problems on their websites, which obviously could not cope with the demand.

The capacity of the Stade de France for music concerts is 80,000, although that could be reduced depending on the layout of the stage.

The Stones were the first rock band to play live at the Stade de France in 1998, not long after it opened in time for that year’s World Cup.

Earlier this year they thrilled a small number of fans in Paris when they played a secret gig in their recording studios in the French capital.

The Stones already have a string of dates planned across Europe for June, including in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.

The Stones postponed their tour of Australia and New Zealand earlier this month after the shock death of Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott.

The former model turned fashion designer was found hanged in her luxury apartment on Monday.

The band has promised to reschedule dates in Australia and New Zealand "as soon as possible".

The iconic rock outfit returned to the stage in late 2012 after years of absence to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of concerts in England and the United States.

The band has promised to treat their generations of fans to classic hits such as "Gimme Shelter", "Paint It Black", "Jumping Jack Flash" and "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll", as well as unexpected cover versions.

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