Caravan Music Club ,Oakleigh, Melbourne
I deliberately titled the review thus because it wasn’t a tribute show. No lookalikes, no Satisfaction or Paint it Black etc. These guys and a few others including Tim Rogers( ex You Am I ) have been putting on shows covering variuous Stones albums since the 40th anniversary of their Kooyong concerts in 1973 and the false start fort the recent Stones tour. From memory they’ve done Black and Blue, Goats Head, Sticky Fingers, Ya Yas and Exile -so the drug period in the main.
Tonight it was Some Girl’s turn.
The key players are Nick Barker formerly of Melbourne band The Reptiles and local hot shot guitarist Shane O’Mara on lead.The rhythm section were great with the drummer playing a small kit just like Charlie. O’Mara had to be cajoled a bit to let it rip but did so in due course and Barker adopts just enough of Mick’s mannerisms to make it amusing without turning it tribute…” I am using every fibre of muscle in my body to not do the full Mick “he says.
They opened with a 2 man acoustic set- Love in Vain, No Expectations, Wild Horses and a searing Sister Morphine before the concert proper.
The album track list is a classic concert in itself – the pacing the continuous stream of simply excellent songs.
I remember, hating Miss You when it came out as I was anti disco but fuck its a great dance song. Whip, Respectable , Beast of Burden – they’re all there. Shattered is a song that I’ve never particularly warmed to but live it was pretty damn good and “Mick’s” vocal work really stands out.
Great to watch a band playing the album, seeing how it all hangs to together.So much choppy guitar and Mick’s vocals really quite different – lot’s of repetition.Runaway runaway,runaway etc.
The encore included Silver Train, Dancing with Mr D, Happy and You Got the Silver.
A lot of blokes of a certain age singing along with bottle of beer in hand but a wider age group than one might expect.
It made me think..
This is how “tribute shows” should really be done.