16 May 2015
Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
A fantastic evening was had by all Saturday night watching the Counterfeit Stones perform at Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall. From the minute the show started we knew that it was going to be a bit different from other tribute bands that we had seen. It started with a very funny short movie of “The Stones” members back in 1962. These movies continued throughout the first half telling the stories of the band through the years, such as looking for a new guitarist. All were hilarious and had everyone in stitches and set the tone for the evening, which was fairly low in parts!
The band may not have taken themselves seriously humour wise, but musically they were excellent and the lead did a very good job of looking and more importantly sounding like Mick Jagger, although called himself Nick Dagger!
The show started with songs from 1962 and progressed through their career with corresponding clothes and hair changes which really added to the fun of the evening. During the first half they did many of their main hits including Its All Over Now, Painted Black, Ruby Tuesday and You Don’t Always Get What You Want. They also included the hit Out of Time, written by them but originally performed by Chris Farlowe back in 1966. The second was back to back hits and everyone was up dancing to the likes of Gimme Shelter, Brown Sugar, Its Only Rock & Roll and Lets Spend The Night Together.
All the way through the show the band was getting bombarded with knickers to the point that “Mick” almost had to stop singing when he got two pairs in the face! He took it all in his stride though and made many jokes about the size of them. His own outfits got progressively more risqué throughout the evening ending with some very tight lycra trousers.
The band went off stage for their encore and after much stamping and shouting came back on and ended with Satisfaction. It was a great end to the evening and nearly every seat was empty as the audience were dancing in the aisles. The whole performance was packed full of humour including making fun of every member of the band, and was great entertainment. Highly recommended but be warned there is swearing and flying underwear!
We saw the show at Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall where the staff were professional and courteous, the bar was well stocked and the venue clean and tidy. In fact it’s a great place to visit with a multi storey car park next door charging only £1.00 per night and easy access for the less mobile.
Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU | 01892 530613