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“Mick & Keith*
Mike & Paul’s lighthearted tribute to The Rolling Stones
Since Mick Jagger and his songwriting partner Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones hit the London music scene more than 5 decades ago, their place in music history has been assured. That unmistakable sound, stage swagger and anti-establishment image have become locked in the collective psyche of rock’n’roll fans throughout the world. They re-defined how a rock band could act, look and sound, on and off stage. And Richards’ unique 5-string guitar technique has set the pattern for legions of rhythm guitar players. Others have co-opted their style, but none have matched their staying power. Apparently, Paul McCartney’s “When I’m 64” has no meaning in the rock’n’roll business, especially for Mick & Keith.
British stage manager Sam Cutler once described The Stones as “the greatest rock’n’roll band in the world”. Looking at the facts, it’s hard to disagree. So far, they have recorded 78 albums and 120 singles, selling some 250 million copies. Their Hot Rocks 1964-1971 compilation sold 12 million copies alone, remaining on the “Hot 100” for 264 weeks. Inducted into The Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, they have also been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy and are #10 on Billboard Magazine’s “top artists of all time” list. Their concerts draw huge audiences, including 490,000 to a Toronto concert to help fight a 2003 SARS epidemic. Their 2007 tour grossed a staggering $558 million.
Paul Martin and Michael Danckert both have strong Rolling Stones tribute backgrounds, Paul, in the popular Blushing Brides and Michael in Hot Rocks, led by the late Robert Wotherspoon. So putting a “Mick & Keith” tribute together was a no-brainer for the duo. Paul, a well-known guitarist, famous for forsaking effects pedals, has been involved in live and film music in Canada, the US, UK, and India for decades. Michael is a popular sideman and studio musician, well known for his highly successful Roy Orbison tribute. Among the 30 Stones songs in the Mick & Keith repertoire of hits are “Satisfaction”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Miss You”, “It’s Only Rock’n’Roll” and “Time Is on My Side”.