The Rolling Stones Revue started out with the brilliant Sticky Fingers shows. This time around they’re concentrating on Exile on Main Street. Exile was the 10th studio album from the Rolling Stones. Adalita, Tex Perkins & Tim Rogers are back to headline the show.
Recording of the album began in 1969 in England during sessions for Sticky Fingers and continued in mid-1971 at a rented villa in the South of France while the band lived abroad as tax exiles. Although it doesn’t contain many hits, apart from “Tumbling Dice” & “Happy“, it features a rare lead vocal from Keith Richards on “Sweet Virginia“. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Exile on Main St. number 7 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003 and 2012.
Utilising their regular roll call of musicians, this band includes Jak Housden on guitar (The Whitlams / The Badloves / Tim Minchin), with Ian Peres (Wolfmother, Busby Marou) on bass, Gordon Rhytmester (Glenn Shorrock, Hamilton) on the drums, Rob Woolfe (Ian Moss) on keys and, James Christowski on guitars.
Steve Balbi was the support on the night. He performed as a 3 piece including Colin Coorie (Richard Clapton) on the synth, piano, organ and keys, and Pete Drummond (Dragon) on drums & BVs. His set included the Noiseworks songs Hot Chili Woman and Reach Out. His set ended with original song Terry Menopause.
The first half of the show covers the full album from start to finish. Rogers & Perkins starting out with “Rocks Off” and then all swapping lead on successive songs. Adalita does a brilliant version of “Tumbling Dice“. Guitarist Jak Housden joined Rogers on vocals for “Happy“.
It’s clear that all three singers have known each other for many years and enjoy each other’s company. As Rogers said – “we’re doing this because we’re fans of the music, and we know you are too“. It’s really great to see people on stage that are clearly enjoying what they’re doing, and doing it to the best of their ability.
Once the album was over the night kicked it up a notch into some Stones favourites, including Start Me Up, Wild Horses (with Tex & Adalita), Only Rock N Roll and Emotional Rescue. Rogers did an epic version of Midnight Rambler that saw the stage bathed in red light and ended up with him nearly naked, writing on the stage.
The night closed out with You Can’t Always Get What You Want in a wild celebration that included everyone onstage dancing and most of the audience on their feet as well.
There are two more shows coming. Go and see them if you can.
FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
Palais Theatre, Melbourne
SATURDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER
Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane