“Paint It Black… you don’t need to know the words… Japanese, Bulgarians and even Australians can join in without embarrassment”
With their show less than a month away, Counterfeit Stones frontman Nick Dagger took some time out to talk celebrity fans, playing for royalty and performing in space.
What makes you stand out as a Stones tribute band?
We play the greatest hits and well-known songs exactly as the records: same key, same speed, same arrangement. There’s nothing worse than hearing a great track that doesn’t match the original! You can expect a show that tells the musical history of the Stones delivered with lots of tongue-in-cheek humour. A sort of Stones pantomime but as aforementioned, the music is always spot on.
You seem to have some high profile admirers. Which accolade or endorsement are you proudest of?
Our proudest endorsement is by Sir Mick (Jagger) himself. He quoted The Counterfeit Stones as being “the most famous Stones band in England”. This was during a BBC online interview. The theme of the show was what had been the 40 questions posed the most to Mick over 40 years in the business. One of those questions was: “Who over forty years does the best impression of you?” Mick cited us.
Which Stones song do you most enjoy playing and why?
Paint It Black has always been the band’s favourite. It features a sitar which we use live on stage and no matter what country you play it in, there’s always fantastic audience participation with the chanting section at the end. We’ve played many places in the world and as you don’t need to know the words for the chanting section: Japanese, Bulgarians and even Australians can join in without embarrassment.
What is the most bizarre gig you’ve ever performed?
We once played at the top of a mountain in St. Moritz to 30 of the richest people in the world. It was a party held in a private Ski Resort and hosted by Prince Ernst of Hanover. He was a friend of Sir Mick and he could afford the real Stones but the venue was just a bit too small so he came to us on a high recommendation. We told him we didn’t play auditions so he paid us a fee to play a set at a rehearsal studio in London. He only needed to hear one song and we were booked.
Is there any bizarre place would you LIKE to perform a gig in?
If it ever became technically and economically possible: the Space Station. Now that’s a venue to reach a truly world-wide audience. Weightlessness would also beat anything we’ve taken over the years!
You can catch The Counterfeit Stones: Street Fighting Sham in our Great Hall on Friday 23 November at 8pm. More info can be found here.