Ahead of their gig in the city, the band book up all 61 rooms of the posh Hotel Le St James...

THE ROLLING STONES have commandeered an entire five-star hotel in MONTREAL ahead of their gig in the city tonight (January 8).

All 61 rooms of the plush Hotel Le St James in the city’s Old Town– ranging in price from $325 per night to $6,000 a night for the penthouse apartment – have been booked up by the rock veterans, and anyone not part of the band’s party is being barred until tomorrow.

The hotel’s two Royal Suites ($2,500-$3,800) have lavish dining rooms with enormous crystal chandeliers, while the terrace penthouse ($4,000-$6,000) has a dining room and grand piano. The more modest executive suites ($650-$975) boast marble bathrooms. Plasma screen TVs are standard in all rooms.

Two black stretch limos have been hovering outside the hotel – which has previously hosted Formula One stars during Grand Prix weekend – waiting to pick up the band and entourage, according to the Montreal Gazette.

The Rolling Stones‘ show at Montreal Bell Centre tonight restarts their ongoing world tour.

An exhibition of guitarist Ron Wood’s artwork, featuring his bandmates and other musicians like Eric Clapton and[a][/a], opened at the Just For Laughs museum in the city last night (January 7). Wood was not present.