There’s a lot of classic album shows going around these days. Sticky Fingers is a particularly good choice beacuse it’s consistent throughout with some big hits and it’s also a good length. The show was fronted by Adalita of Magic Dirt, Phil Jamieson of Grinspoon, Tim Rogers of You Am I, Tex Perkins of The Cruel Sea
It was interesting seeing Tex’s interpretation of Rolling Stones songs, being different to his usual repertoire. I particularly liked his version of Sister Morphine. His duet with Adalita on Wild Horses was like a song sung between good friends who had known each other forever.
I was relieved that Adalita wasn’t shoehorned into the Marianne Faithfull role. She got some great parts, doing duets with everyone, but also having some great songs of her own to get her teeth into.
We really got to see another side of Tim Rogers. At times he appeared to be channeling Mick Jagger. His presence onstage was spectacular. Even when he wasn’t singing he was supporting the band playing percussion, dancing, or just watching side of stage. His costumes were spot on for the era.
The first half of the show was the full Sticky Fingers album in order – Brown Sugar, Sway, Wild Horses, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, You Gotta Move, Bitch, I Got the Blues, Sister Morphine, Dead Flowers, Moonlight Mile. The album holds up after 50 years, with some diverse tracks on it. Brown Sugar, sung by Rogers, is a great way to open a show.
The second half was Stones classics including Start Me Up, Miss You, Angie, Beast of Burden, and ending with the encore of Gimme Shelter.
The band consisted of, Jak Housden (The Whitlams / The Badloves / Tim Minchin), with Dario Bortolin (Baby Animals) on bass, Hamish Stuart (Ayres Rock / Don Walker) on the drums, Clayton Doley (Jimmy Barnes / The Mighty Reapers) on keys and new face on the scene James Christowski on guitars.
It was nice to finally be in a full venue after all this time. The rest of the audience seemed to feel this way too. Despite most people wearing masks you could see the enjoyment on their faces.
The show is touring the East Coast over the next few weeks. Go and see it if you have a chance, it’s a lot of fun.