In 1965, a local fraternity booked an up-and-coming rock band called The Rolling Stones to play a fundraiser at Georgia Southern College. Now 45 years later, the personalities and music that made The Stones into one of the greatest rock bands of all time are returning to the Boro.
The tribute band “Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show” hits the Emma Kelly stage next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for youth.
Critics have described the show as flamboyant and high-energy that recreates the look, sound and personalities of the band. Satisfaction has drawn international recognition as a premier tribute band. Since its inception in 2001, the band has put on more than 1,600 performances and in 2005 performed in Las Vegas with the “Legends in Concert” show.
Chris LeGrand, executive producer and Satisfaction’s lead singer, said the current show focuses on the years 1964 through 1981 when the group recorded much of its most popular music. In addition to LeGrand as Mick Jagger, the cast includes musicians portraying Stones Keith Richards and Ron Wood on guitar, Charlie Watts on drums and original bassist Bill Wyman.
“We give audiences a full Rolling Stones concert experience,” LeGrand said. “Every cast member has a role and they deliver. I've never met anyone who walked away disappointed.”
Songs will include many of The Stones greatest hits such as “Brown Sugar,” “Give Me Shelter,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and, of course, “Satisfaction,” plus a mix of others songs spanning the group’s 48-year career.
LeGrand said he started the show after researching the popularity of tribute bands and realizing there was not a Stones tribute band touring full-time. Plus, he had one other advantage.
“I've been told all my life I looked like Mick Jagger,” he said. “As a young aspiring songwriter for years I just sort of laughed it off. As I grew older I decided to turn it into a career.”
When the actual Rolling Stones played Statesboro on May 4, 1965, the band had not yet hit superstardom. Booked by a local fraternity as a fundraiser, tickets sold for $2.50. More than 3,000 tickets were sold to a packed Hanner Fieldhouse. Technical difficulties put a slight damper on the show, but the audience enjoyed a few songs including “Heart of Stone” and “The Last Time.”
Satisfaction is sponsored by the Georgia Power Company. Tickets are available at the Emma Kelly box office Tuesday through Friday 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. or by calling (912) 212-2787.