The Rolling Stones are arguably the greatest rock band in the world. Consequently, if you want to see them live, you might have to shell out upward of $1,000 a ticket. Fortunately, Satisfaction, the international Rolling Stones tribute show, is coming to Tybee Post Theater on Sept. 1 to help “get yer ya-ya’s out."
Chris LeGrand, Satisfaction’s executive producer and uncanny Mick Jagger clone, founded the show in 2000 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
“There were a lot of Beatles tributes on the road, but I hadn’t seen a full-time Rolling Stones tribute show touring around the country, so I started one back home,” says LeGrand.
Since then, Satisfaction has performed thousands of concerts around the world in different iterations. “Symphony for the Devil” had the band performing with symphony orchestras. They have done unplugged shows playing deep album cuts. They have even teamed up with the Beatles tribute, Abbey Road, in a musical showdown called “Beatles vs. Stones."
The format of the current tour involves costume changes to recreate the look of the Stones from different eras.
“Our latest production is called ‘Paint it Back.' We call it a 'Jumping Jack Flashback' tribute with the different eras and tours,” says LeGrand. You can expect to hear 30 classic songs from the mop-topped young Stones of 1965, the mythical Stones of 1969-'70s, and the rock royalty of the early '80s.
“I don’t really have a favorite era,” LeGrand adds. “They all can stand on their own.”
Satisfaction’s look and sound captures the Rolling Stones so accurately that you won’t even need to squint to feel like you are seeing the real thing. It begs the question, have they ever been mistaken for the real Stones?
“I wouldn’t be serious to say yes,” says LeGrand. “We’ve done 3,500 shows in 18 years. I don’t think anyone has mistaken us for the real Rolling Stones, but it’s our job to go out and create an authentic performance. I think we do that.”
LeGrand owns the stage with a spot-on impersonation of Mick Jagger, down to the snarling voice, the clothes, the peacocking, and the full-lipped facial expressions. But one aspect of a convincing Jagger performance is the most challenging.
“Constant moving,” explains LeGrand. “You never stand still. I’ve been doing this 18 years. You have to stay in incredible shape. You have to remember, Mick Jagger goes on tour and does 30 or 40 shows. We do 150 shows a year every year. It’s incredibly physically demanding to do 150 performances at a high level. You can’t just mail in a Mick Jagger performance. It’s not playing Bob Dylan or Dave Matthews. It’s a lot of work.”
It is because of their authenticity that Satisfaction received their highest accolade in 2010 when they were officially approved by the Rolling Stones to perform for the Walt Disney Corporation. “We take it for what it is,” LeGrand says humbly. “It wasn’t an endorsement, but it was an approval. They did have to look at our material. We did have to get approval from them legally and if they didn’t like it or didn’t want to they wouldn’t have done it. It’s a nice gesture.”