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Wiggles for the next generation
I was reading through the How to Buy Tickets section for the Wiggles concert and I had to laugh.
Obviously this has nothing to do with the G rating. But it probably has a whole lot to do with problems organisers have had with four year olds clambering up onto kitchen benches and ringing up for tickets, probably after hijacking Mum's credit card.
Because those Wiggles sure are damn popular with every generation.
The Wiggles, despite various various permutations, have been around for more than 21 years.
Which means that there will be some young parents who grew up on the Wiggles who are now taking their kids along.
They have sold 7 million albums, 23 million DVDs and 8 million books and also done 6000 shows so they are obviously big business,
Songs such "Hot Potato" and "Let's Go! We're Riding in the Big Red Car" are legendary and they still sing them.
They now also have a vibrant female, Emma Watkins to sing along with the all male team.
This big news event of a female Wiggle has even made news USA's TIME and PEOPLE magazines. She even has her own following little girls going along to concerts dressed like her trademark pigtails, yellow shirt and huge hair bows.
They have just been touring North America and Canada and are about to return for a season Australia with their new live show, The Wiggles' Ready, Steady, Wiggle Tour.
The tour will wiggle through Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra, plus a host of regional centres including Newcastle, Wollongong and Launceston.
In Melbourne they will be accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra which is a 60-piece orchestra.
There will be the usual toe tapping stuff, with lots of singing, dancing and laughing.
Whatever the formula they certainly have it right and appeal to both kids and their parents.
Which is great because sometimes taking kids to events can seem more like a duty than a great outing for adults.
There will be all the colour and movement you have learnt to expect from the Wiggles. There is Yellow with Emma, the Red Wiggle Simon, Purple Wiggle Lachy and the and Blue Wiggle Anthony.
And of course all their friends who haven't changed over the years, unless they died in their costumes, including Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword.
And diehard who still stuck on the original cast, former Red Wiggle Murray Cook is now The Wiggles' Head of Touring for Australia and NZ, while Jeff Fat and Greg Page still write songs for the group as well as making cameo appearances in the live shows and videos.
And while there will be old hits like Hot Potato, Rock A Bye Your Bear there will also be new hits like Do the Propeller.
Tickets will be on sale from Friday September 6. You can book them here.
Plus the new Wiggles Ready Steady Wiggle TV show begins on ABC TV on September 11.