The Rolling Stones could be back sooner than we thought, under the mysterious guise of The Cockroaches - an apt term as the blighters just refuse to go away. Anyway, Messrs Jagger, Wood, Richards and Wyatt are possibly going to be warming up for their four mega (priced) shows in London and New Jersey by playing a couple of warm-up club shows.

The band have been rehearsing for their 50th anniversary shows in Paris, and guitarist Ronnie Wood told the NME that they might well consider making a live appearance there. Describing their current routine, Wood explained  "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." He said mathematically incorrectly.

He added "There's going to be little club gigs that we're gonna surprise ourselves to do as well, 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." Don't surprise yourself too much, lads, or you might forget to turn up to them.