The Rolling Stones classic album, Sticky Fingers, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and it seems only right that the celebrations were brought to the stage by a group of very talented contemporary performers, each with their very own interpretation of a Stones song or two. Presented by CC Entertainment at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, the 40th Anniversary of The Sticky Fingers Album Plus the Best of The Rolling Stones featured some pretty awesome performances by an amazing cast including Jack Jones (Southern Sons), Greg Agar (Syndicate), Simon Meli (Widowbirds), Zkye, Jason Walker and Evelyn Duprai.
The Sticky Fingers album produced some of The Stones’ best known tunes including ‘’Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses” and the show’s first set, starting with the ever familiar opening riff of ‘’Brown Sugar”, sung by Meli, showcased the entire Sticky Fingers album, track by track.
Adelaide songstress, Zkye, in a long, floral dress and bare feet, delivered a beautiful and moving version of the ballad, “Wild Horses” and Jason Walker closed the set with “Moonlight Mile”, the last track on the Sticky Fingers album.
After a short break, we were taken on a journey through a range of Rolling Stones classics, kicking off with ‘’It’s Only Rock and Roll’’, featuring the one and only Jack Jones, sporting… a kilt? The singer’s wardrobe choice for the night attracted some rather off-putting heckling from certain members of the audience who probably had spent a little too much time at the bar before the show. But Jones’ charismatic presence seemed to transcend his dress sense and the crowd was pretty much eating out of his hand.
Zkye, still sans shoes, returned to the stage for a beautiful interpretation of another ballad. This time the perennial favourite, ‘’Ruby Tuesday” which seemed, almost, to be written for her voice.
With creative director, Joseph Calderazzo accompanying him on acoustic guitar and Simon Meli on harmonica, Jason Walker had everyone in the audience singing along to his rendition of the country flavoured “Sweet Virginia.”
Greg Agar pumped up the tempo and the volume with “Paint and Black” and “Heartbreaker” but a highlight of the night, for me at least, was when backup vocalist, Evelyn Duprai stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight to turn up the energy level full throttle with a high octane performance of ‘’Jumpin’ Jack Flash’’.
Jack Jones softened the tone when he returned to the stage to give an acoustic rendition of “Let’s Spend the Night Together”.
Backed by a superb band of musicians who kept the music tight throughout the show, this celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Sticky Fingers albums was a great night’s entertainment featuring some of the country’s best vocalists and, of course, performing familiar songs that we all knew and most of us grew up with. I’m looking forward to the 50th anniversary…
by Sharyn Hamey
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