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  100 Club Anniversary Gig ~ 3rd July 2001 by John Kirkham of The Brian Jones Fan Club

“Ladies and gentlemen, everything seems to be ready. Please welcome the greatest rock ‘n roll tribute band in the world, The Rollin Stoned”.

When Pat Andrews introduced the band to a packed 100 Club audience she didn’t exactly echo the introduction used by Sam Cutler many years ago, but had she done so please believe me, it wouldn’t have been an overstatement! Pat did introduce The Rollin Stoned as the best Rolling Stones Tribute band that she had seen and also, more importantly, that the band were ‘particular friends’ of the fan club. The band, she said were eager that the night should be a tribute to the musicianship and memory of Brian Jones, founder and spirit of The Rolling Stones.

It would be remiss to go any further without mentioning the support band. Errol Linton is a superb blues harp player and vocalist. His trio is completed by piano and guitar which dovetailed together into a tight swinging blues unit. A superb warm-up for what was to come.

At 9.30 p.m. the band hit the stage and straight into “Satisfaction.” The band followed up tearing their way through a string of early hits ~ “Cloud”; “Last Time”; “All Over Now”; “Spend The


Night Together”; “Around and Around”. The first thing to catch the eye (and ear) is the alternating lead playing of Byron’s Gibson Firebird and Keith’s Gibson Les Paul ~ “the ancient art of weaving".

Close your eyes! This must be the Stones at their absolute best!! Open your eyes and it is indeed Mick Jaguar pouting and prancing, vying to take the limelight from our hero, the broadly grinning Byron Jones. Charlie Waits and Bill Wymandy keep the rhythm section tight and pumping whilst Keith Retched goes through his guitar hero moves, each nuance finitely rehearsed.

The band are aided and abetted by the melodic Nicky Popkins on piano. Byron steals the limelight on “Under My Thumb” and with the dulcimer on “Lady Jane”. Sadly after a superb rendition of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” we are reminded of Brian’s sad demise as Byron leaves the stage. A sad moment for us, what will happen now? For me a personal sense of déjà vu.

Fear not, Mick reminds us “ Tonight is for Brian”, and our hero rejoins the band blessed with his heavenly wings. Immediately we are back into Brian mode


with Byron playing superb blues harp on “Fade Away” and “Midnight Rambler; treble recorder on “Tuesday” and “Baby Coral Sitar” on “Paint It Black”. 

Close your eyes again ~ everything note perfect, textures and tones absolutely spot on! All this followed by a rash of “Banquet” and “Bleed” numbers topped with our own Pat Andrews adding backing vocals on “Honky Tonk Women”.

After two hours on stage the boys are joined by Art Wood for an energetic rendition of “Hoochie Coochie Man” bringing the set to a close just in time for people to make a hasty dash for those last tubes out of the City.

If there is any way you can catch these guys then I advise you to pull out all the stops to get to a gig.  Believe me, the experience is well worth a cross-country journey.

Finally, thank you to the band. The night was for Brian. I know he was well pleased.

John Kirkham

* = with Art Wood and Errol Linton.  ** = with Geno Washington and Errol Linton
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