"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Jim Hutchon rocked down to the Civic for the Weekly News ...
band The Stones, hit the Civic last week in a blast of sound that had
the rafters vibrating. While not exactly in the scale of the Rolling
Stones extravagant gigs in world venues, this group is no
tongue-in-cheek pastiche. They take the music seriously and were well
appreciated by the audience of a certain age.
lead, Ben, bears an extraordinary resemblance to Jagger, though not
just there for his looks. The boy can sing, and mimic the full
outrageously camp pouting and strutting backed up by the group
Richard, Jason, Steve (a spitting image of Bill Wyman), Charlie, and
the man who put the group together in 2007, JBlack.
the old favourites were there, reproduced exactly as they were first
staged in the 60s and 70s, including ‘No Satisfaction’, ‘I
Wanna be Your Man’, ‘This’ll be the Last Time’ and in a
fantastic finale, a spirited rendition of ‘Jumping Jack Flash’.
there were comparative youngsters in the audience, who jigged
self-consciously at the front of the stage, for most of the audience,
there were few signs of the hysteria of bygone years, and the
audience seemed more prepared to contemplate past excesses in quiet