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9 Bands That Were Alter-Egos For Much Bigger Bands

Brii Jamieson
Brii Jamieson 14 August 2018 at 14.17

Whether it's for secret shows, or to bring more magic to an album's concept- we love it when big bands adopt alter-egos.

Sometimes bands adopt an alter-ego to keep their die-hard fans on their toes, and to perform in much more intimate settings than they'd otherwise be able to. Sometimes the alter-ego is just to properly adopt the concept of an album, but sometimes it's to surprise and delight.

Here's a list of nine bands that were the alter-egos of some of the biggest bands in our world. 

09. JAGGY SNAKE, AKA BIFFY CLYRO
Only ever used the once, Biffy Clyro performed under the alter-ego Jaggy Snake in the lead up to some festival slots. They took the name Jaggy Snake from their song 'There's No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake', which was a lovely wink and a nod to fans.

08. THE PRETTYBOYS, AKA DON BROCO
Rumours were rife when Reading and Leeds added an unknown band to their 2017 line-up at the last minute. And with such a great stage slot? What was going on? No one had even heard of The Prettyboys! 

Don Broco gave up the secret a little with this post on instagram (not to mention the fact that Prettyboys literally references their song 'Pretty')

 

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They played both Reading and Leeds festivals as The Prettyboys, and even made a video while they were there:

07. THE HOLY SHITS, AKA FOO FIGHTERS
If you ever hear of a band called The Holy Shits playing a small venue near you AND Foo Fighters just happen to be in town shortly after? Get yourself a ticket. Foo Fighters have been using the alter-ego The Holy Shits since 2014 where they played a festival slot at Firefly under their pseudonym, and played to 300 people at London's House Of Vans. 

06. THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS, AKA MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE 
Not to spoil the rest of this list, but we'll be honest here and let you in on the fact that this isn't the only appearance from My Chemical Romance.

During the 'Danger Days' album cycle, the band each adopted their own comic book character and costume, and it was pretty damn amazing. They even wore the costumes on stage, and sold the jackets as merch for fans to play along.

 

05. CLUB SEX, AKA DON BROCO
Before Don Broco were Don Broco, they were Club Sex. They performed a couple of times under the name Club Sex, but moved on to Don Broco to be taken more seriously. But Club Sex still gets a nod purely because Broco have since released old songs under their old name just for fun, and they've released Club Sex remixes of a handful of their songs as recently as two years ago.

So essentially what we're saying is that a Club Sex remix of a Don Broco song is actually a Don Broco remix of a Don Broco song, because Club Sex is their alter-ego. Does that make sense?

 

04. SAVED LATIN, AKA FALL OUT BOY
2006 was another time entirely. Fall Out Boy were already breaking through the mainstream, but they (temporarily) turned their back on that to play as their alter-ego 'Saved Latin' at a handful of secret shows for only 300 fans per night. 

The whole story unravelled at their show at New York's Knitting Factory on March 03, 2006 when Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy took to the stage ahead of the band to announce that it wasn't Saved Latin that would be performing, but Fall Out Boy instead. Also Mikey Way was in attendance?

They took the name Saved Latin from a line in the Wes Anderson film Rushmore, where one of the characters says "I saved Latin, what did you ever do?"

03. FOXBORO HOTTUBS, AKA GREEN DAY
Not just an alter-ego, all of the members of Green Day plus their touring members have released a garage rock side-project called Foxboro Hottubs, and they actually released an album and toured it a little.

The secret was ruined due largely to how recognisable Billie Joe Armstrong's voice is.

To this day they still use the name Foxoboro Hottubs to throw secret Green Day's secret shows- so this is one to keep an eye on.

 

02. YOUNG RENEGADES, AKA ALL TIME LOW
All Time Low kicked off their 'Last Young Renegade' album cycle with a surprise show in London under the band name Young Renegades. They teased the show on social media, which lead to an obvious sell-out.

Fortunately for you, we were there to capture all the Young Renegades action. Check out a taster below, then take a look at the whole gallery here.

01. THE BLACK PARADE, AKA MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE 
For their 'The Black Parade' album cycle, My Chemical Romance truly adopted the characters of the band that never existed- The Black Parade. This came complete with costumes, characterisation and a whole host of dramatic antics.

They even went as far as to 'kill off' The Black Parade one year in to their touring as their alter-ego, so they could return to being My Chemical Romance on stage. Their DVD 'The Black Parade Is Dead' marks the final ever performance as The Black Parade, where frontman Gerard Way took to the stage to say "This is the last performance of The Black Parade forever. And we wanted to come down to here, to Mexico, to properly kill them off".

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