Seattle's rawest Rolling Stones cover band, The Rolling Stones, are tearing it up at the Comet tonight (and Triumph of Lethargy is opening!); it's not a show you'll want to miss. The Rolling Stones aren't planning on playing an overload of shows--"We're really conscious of not doing it a whole lot, because then it becomes a novelty. We want every show to be a really unique event," lead Stone Jordan Blilie told me--and while the band's booked for July's Capitol Hill Block Party, we already have a feeling that that show's going to be overpacked and difficult to get into.
So--tonight, at the Comet, with Triumph and Minneapolis' Brute Heart opening, 9 p.m., with a $7 cover. Expect theme outfits, expect a well-thought-out and representative se tlist, but one thing you should not expect is to hear "Satisfaction."
Here's what Stones Justin Deary, Tyler Swan, and Devin Welch had to say about the inescapable "Satisfaction" when I sat down with them at the Redwood last week:
Swan: "'Satisfaction' is just so cover band-y."
Welch: "We're all just so into this stuff, and there's so many songs that come further up on our list of songs that we want to do rather than 'Satisfaction,' and it's really just about keeping ourselves entertained. We want to play songs that people want to hear, but not to like pander to them."
Deary: "If we got offered to play a party, and they really wanted to hear it, and they offered us like $10,000, then we might think about it. But, you know, we have standards."
There you have it. (For the record, the Stones say they didn't get asked about "Satisfaction" when they left it off the set list for their first and only show at the Rendezvous in March, so it doesn't look like anyone's complaining). As for accuracy and cover-band standards, expect The Rolling Stones--all six experienced musicians--to just do their own thing. Says Deary, "We don't aim to be in the tribute-band style, where we take on personas. It's not like a guy who owns a dog and then him and the dog start to look alike . . . We're not going for perfection in these performances."
"It's more like the spirit of it than the exact sound," says Welch.