Tickets for one of the biggest events in Hong Kong's chequered rock concert history - two nights of the Rolling Stones' 40 Licks World Tour - went on sale yesterday at prices sure to leave fans with their tongues poking out. To get the satisfaction of seeing ageing British rockers Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts it will cost $598 for a cheap seat, $1,398 for a mid-range seat and a whopping $2,888 for a prime spot in the 'Platinum Circle'. Industry insiders last night said the price of a ticket could mean it would be worthwhile for Hong Kong fans to fly to Bangkok to take in the lower-priced show there - if a rumoured date in the Thai capital is confirmed. The pegging of the tickets at such a high level is thought to be because the Stones' 40 Licks tour - to celebrate the band's 40 years in rock and to promote their latest album of the same name - has been budgeted around big outdoor stadium venues with capacities of up to 60,000. But in Hong Kong, the so-called dinosaurs of rock - who are rumoured to ask an artists' fee of US$1 million (HK$7.8 million) a show - will on March 28 and 29 play the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which can only hold 8,000 each night. By comparison, tickets for Moby, who will play the Convention Centre on April 3, range from a top price of $590 down to $390, while British pop institution Sir Cliff Richard is charging $880 for the best seats at his March 5 concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Even the most expensive ticket to see world famous opera singer Luciano Pavarotti when he played here was cheaper, at $1,800. One industry source said: 'I've been asking around and it seems that despite the prices people will pay, such is the draw of the Stones. However, frankly, I'm delighted that such people still exist.' Priority booking of tickets for the concert got underway yesterday when HSBC launched a ticket hotline for its credit card holders. It is understood the hotline received a steady stream of calls to reserve tickets from 10am. Tickets will be available to the public from Thursday. The Rolling Stones are also playing concerts in Beijing and Shanghai.