6 June 2014
Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
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 Route 66 back in 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. In the second half the mood changed slightly, it was back to back hits& 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 amazing spandex trousers.
The band went off for their encore and after much stamping and shouting came back on and ended with Satisfaction. It was a great end to the evening as I think the whole audience were satisfied with the show that they had witnessed. The whole evening 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!
The Counterfeit Stones are touring the UK, for more details visit www.thecounterfeitstones.net.
Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU | 01892 530613