The Stones: music review by Steve Miller of Smile Music Promotions and Publications
WHERE better than the famous Jurassic Coast for rock’s legendary fossils to ply their (tribute) trade?
I am of course referring to ‘The Stones’, perhaps the finest homage act to Messrs Jagger, Richards, Watts and varying ensemble (depending on decade and circumstance), London’s own Rolling Stones.
The enchanting, as well as acoustically and architecturally sublime, Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis hosted this sold-out event, and from the outset was destined to be a night to remember.
The inventive and congruent multi-media show took the form of two chronological halves (making sense) and unleashed the sixties hits like a Carnaby Street cannon at the fervent audience.
No prompting required as fellow musician Mr Collins may have almost put it.
All the classics were present, from ‘It’s All Over Now’, ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’ and ‘Paint It Black’ to a winning rendition of ‘Out Of Time’, written by Jagger and Richards for Chris Farlowe and a big hit for him.
Suitable sixties attire complimented the music vibe and the overtly camp counterfeit Mick enjoyed buoyant banter with the ever-livening apostles.
The first half flew by as did that heady decade, and refreshment beckoned.
The interval gave everyone a chance to recharge and the band could emerge resplendent in seventies garb to unleash what many aficionados would consider, with new maturity and grittier production, the Stones’ best work.
Encapsulating the prime of the decade’s classics, and including a bombastic ‘Brown Sugar’, an almost grunge like ‘Tumbling Dice’, the new raunchier icons gained ever more momentum. Add a punchy, immediate ‘Start me Up’ and we were launched into the eighties.
The multi-media continued to add to the ambience, and several more costume changes and more hits ticked just about every box a top-end tribute could possibly aspire to.
The encores were deserved and suitably served to the appreciative faithful, left wanting only a time machine to relive it all again. If only time was on our side.
A great evening, in a glorious venue that any band would love to play, and a thoroughly appreciative Lyme Regis spectatorship that left with more than enough ‘Satisfaction’.