The Rolling Stones are having secret warm-up gigs planned under the name The Cockroaches, the name of The Wiggles before they became The Wiggles. The Cockroaches featured 2 guys who went on to form children’s act The Wiggles and played around Sydney in the mid 80s. Their name actually came from the Rolling Stones, who used the name as an alias to play secret gigs.
Ron Wood spoke to NME saying, ‘There’s going to be little club gigs that we’re gonna surprise ourselves to do, we’ll bung a few in next week or the week after, so look out for any Cockroaches gigs or whatever! I don’t know who we’ll be billed as but we’ll turn up somewhere and put a few to the test. Tiny, 200, 300 people kind of places.’
They performed agig in Paris on Thursday for a few hundred fans after announcing on Twitter that tickets would go on sale for 15 euros ($19.45) just hours in advance for the 75 minute surprise show. “We were right next to them, we could see them perfectly,” said one French fan. “It was a very small room and they were running all over the stage…they seemed really happy.” Jagger signed autographs before taking off in a black Mercedes.
To celebrate their 50th anniversary, The Rolling Stones officially have 4 shows coming up: November 24 and 29, London England’s O2 Arena; December 13 and 15, New Jersey’s The Prudential Center. They did play the London Gardens here decades ago. Cops shut down the show ’cause it was too loud. Only in the other London!