Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rolling Stones to play series of surprise club shows

Last week, The Rolling Stones announced a series of four 50th anniversary concerts.

The Stones will play London’s O2 Arena on November 25 and 29, and then perform at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on December 13 and 15.

Now, guitarist Ronnie Wood tells the NME that the group will play a series of small, warm-up shows as they prepare for the 50th Anniversary dates.

Wood said the band may perform under their Cockroaches alias in between breaks from rehearsing in Paris.

“There’s going to be little club gigs that we’re gonna surprise ourselves to do as well,” said Wood. “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.”

Speaking about the veteran band's rehearsal schedule, Wood said: "We’re all making a concentrated effort of being there on time every day, we start at three o’clock in the afternoon, we go through to dinner time, we have one break and so far everything has been [like] an operation, nose to the grindstone. We wanna give 200 per cent."

On November 12, the Stones will release “GRRR!”, a new greatest hits collection to mark the band’s 50th. Learn more about “GRRR!” here.

The band recently issued “Doom And Gloom” as a new song and the lead track from “GRRR!”

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