Life in a leading STONES BAND

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be part of the electrifying world of tribute bands that pay homage to the iconic rock group, The Rolling Stones?  

Probably not.  But we’re going to tell you anyway!

The Rolling Stones Now (established in 1998) are a leading ‘Stones band’ based in the UK.  These five guys capture the essence of The Rolling Stones’ legacy, and are ready to rock (and more importantly roll) your audience! They were listening to the real Stones band on tape 40 years ago and never thought they’d be strutting as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and all, as a leading Stones tribute on stage with hundreds of gigs under their belts!

Where it all began

Our first ever gig was at the now demolished Townhouse in Enfield, North London.  Billed as The Strollin’ Bones, we took to the stage and met with a stony-faced audience who were soon singing and dancing along to the Stones hits we cracked out.  It was rough (and we weren’t ready) but we had begun our journey as a tribute to the Rolling Stones.  25 years later and having played hundreds of great venues and amazing gigs up and down the UK, it’s funny to think that these kids in their early twenties would still be playing today.  

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MICK played by Richard

What instruments do you play? 
Singing & Harmonica.

Favourite Rolling Stones song to play? 
Very difficult decision… but probably – Sympathy for the Devil.

Most memorable gig? 
First Rock Garden gig in 1998, baptism of fire!

How often do you wash your wig? 
After most gigs.

Favourite piece of kit? 
Harmonica in B.

Best thing about being in a Stones Tribute band? 
Playing some of the greatest songs ever written.

Favourite pre-gig meal 
I can’t eat before a gig, just lots of water.

Favourite post-gig tipple? 
A beer!

What’s your mantra? 
Play out front.

KEITH played by Guy

What instruments do you play? 
Guitar.

Favourite Rolling Stones song to play? 
Let’s Spend the Night Together.

Most memorable gig? 
Our first run at Edinburgh Festival as it was really close to what I imagine early Stones gigs to be like.

How often do you wash your wig? 
Wash every gig, condition and spritz every 3.

Favourite piece of kit? 
Shure wireless – boring I know but it’s built like a tank and has a tuner built in!

Best thing about being in a Stones Tribute band? 
Playing some of the greatest songs ever written in their live versions.

Favourite pre-gig meal 
If it’s a festival then there’s always a decent selection of stalls and I want to try everything.

Favourite post-gig tipple? 
I’m a bourbon guy like Keith but it’s usually a beer in a Travelodge.

What’s your mantra? 
It’s in the fingers not the pedals!

Our first gig venue in 1998 and an early promo pic from the 90s. The line-up hasn’t changed much but we certainly have! Older, wiser-ish but always ready to don the wigs and play some gigs!

BILL played by Martin

What instruments do you play? 
Bass.

Favourite Rolling Stones song to play? 
Midnight Rambler.

Most memorable gig? 
Too many to choose just one.

How often do you wash your wig? 
It has self washing properties (doesn’t it?).

Favourite piece of kit? 
My blue tracksuit. It’s like gigging in pyjamas (thanks Bill!).

Best thing about being in a Stones Tribute band? 
It’s just bloody good fun. Good music and people having a good time.

Favourite pre-gig meal 
I’ve been told I’m now only allowed to eat food that won’t make me fart on-stage.

Favourite post-gig tipple? 
A warm lager in a Travelodge tucked up with the rest of the band.

What’s your mantra? 
Must Not Smile.

CHARLIE played by James

What instruments do you play? 
Drums (and piano, sax, guitar).

Favourite Rolling Stones song to play? 
Sympathy.

Most memorable gig? 
The most recent one. Can’t usually remember anything past that.

How often do you wash your wig? 
Never.

Favourite piece of kit? 
Don’t have one.

Best thing about being in a Stones Tribute band? 
Seeing the rest of the guys.

Favourite pre-gig meal 
A dirty burger.

Favourite post-gig tipple? 
Never any time. Pack up and head off home.

What’s your mantra? 
No frills.

RONNIE + BRIAN played by Jimmy

What instruments do you play? 
Guitar, Harmonica, Recorder… maracas?

Favourite Rolling Stones song to play? 
Paint it Black ( there’s a bit that we do which makes us laugh every time)

Most memorable gig? 
Bedford Burlesque Rock and Roll Circus was a blast cause we had burlesque dancers on stage and the circus theme was lovely to live in for the evening.

How often do you wash your wig? 
Quite regularly. But then I chuck sea salt through it to make it look sweaty!

Favourite piece of kit? 
Electro Harmonix Ravish Sitar Pedal. Sounds awesome. Constantly forget to bring it to the gigs!

Best thing about being in a Stones Tribute band? 
Being able to wear brilliant costumes in public!

Favourite pre-gig meal 
Cheeky Nandos or sausage rolls and Pringles

Favourite post-gig tipple? 
Red Bull, Lucozade Sport.

What’s your mantra? 
What key is this one in?

What makes the Rolling Stones Now ‘Stones band’ unique?

Although not near the amount or Elvis Tributes worldwide, there certainly are loads of Stones bands out there.

Check out our attention to detail in Putting on a Stones Tribute Show – The Rolling Stones Now

The reasons we are the definitive Stones band: The Definitive Tribute to the Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones Now

and our YouTube channel: Rolling Stones Now – Tribute Band – YouTube

The Evolution of Tribute Bands


How have Rolling Stones tribute bands evolved over the years?

Stones bands have evolved by incorporating modern production techniques, enhancing their stage presence, and continually refining their musical prowess to deliver an increasingly authentic and captivating homage to the Stones, captivating audiences across generations.

What role do tribute bands play in preserving the legacy of iconic rock groups?

Tribute bands play a crucial role in preserving the legacy of iconic rock groups like The Rolling Stones by ensuring that their timeless music continues to resonate with new audiences, keeping the spirit of these influential bands alive and inspiring future generations of music enthusiasts.

Why do tribute bands continue to be a popular form of entertainment in the UK?

Tribute bands continue to be a popular form of entertainment in the UK due to their ability to evoke nostalgia, showcase exceptional musical talent, and provide audiences with an authentic and immersive experience celebrating the music of legendary bands such as The Rolling Stones, fuelling their enduring popularity.

BOOK your Stones band today!  Rolling Stones Tribute Band – THE ROLLING STONES NOW

It’s fun being in a successful Stones band!

In addition to being in a Stones band, these guys have played in numerous other outfits large and small over the years. But being in the best Stones tribute is their real passion!

They might not be the most famous stones band. That title, in all honesty, goes to the Counterfeit Stones. Respect to The Counterfeit Stones – they also put on a great show!

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