(Michael Danckert performing as Mick Jagger during Bill Culp Productions’ Time Is on My Side: The Rolling Stones Story Tribute, at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Friday, October 25, 2019. Photo above by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)
For most of their career, they were the British Invasion band with a little grit under their fingernails, bad boys of rock and roll compared to the starchy clean, family favourites, the Beatles. While the Fab Four sang love songs, the Rolling Stones, led by lead singer Mick Jagger, carved out a place for themselves in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singing about Brown Sugar, not getting any Satisfaction and lamenting about it being All Over Again.
For those who have seen Mick and the Boys’ high energy concerts, bad boys or not, they are a force to be reckoned with and continue an over 50-year odyssey of world touring.
But not all towns and cities are on the agenda for a Stones ticket. So, Bill Culp Productions went one better, putting together Time Is on My Side: The Rolling Stones Story, a fittingly equally high energy tribute concert. The main event Friday October 25, 2019, at the Olde Walkerville Theatre, had all the hallmarks of Culp’s previous tribute shows, including last month’s Surfin Safari.
Those who attended the largely Beach Boys tribute were introduced to Michael Danckert in the role of Brian Wilson. His return to Windsor Friday had him doing a picture-perfect imitation of none other than Mick Jagger himself. His physical similarities were matched with his moves like Jagger and a vocal capability to give each song a carbon copy Jagger sound.
It was exciting to see how easy he had the audience in the palm of his hand as he took many of them back to their youth. Personally, those were the days of Paul Shaffer, and his band The Fugitives, at high school dances doing many Stones’ numbers, shall I say, when they were new.
Danckert was joined on stage by Rich Colgan, playing the role of the Stones’ immortal-like guitarist Keith Richards. Not only is Colgan a spitting image of a younger Richards, he also spent most of the evening playing a black Fender Telecaster electric guitar, one of Richards’ favourite instruments.
For Colgan, playing a much-revered Stone was, in a way, a dream come true. He told Eyes on Windsor of his life long admiration of what some rightly say is the world’s greatest rock band. In high school the now 60-year old discovered the group and since then, joining the band has topped his bucket list.
Only one of the musicians played a dual role. Jim Hubay started the set as Brian Jones and played as Ronnie Wood in the second set. Jones, the group’s initial bandleader, died young, in a 1969 drowning accident. Wood joined the travelling band in 1975.
Initial Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman, left the group in 1992. Jim Neilson standing in the shadows behind Colgan played Wyman. The role of the Stones’ lifelong drummer, Charlie Watts, was filled with an exceptional performance by Neil Shapiro while Phil Edmonds handled keyboards. The group’s first piano player was Ian Stewart. He departed in 1963.
Throughout the evening, Danckert injected historic Stones’ moments into his platter between songs, often explaining how some much loved Stones’ hits were created. In one case, back in 1964, the band’s manager Andrew Loog Oldham put the musicians in a room and held them there until they created a song. The result was As Tears Go By. Oldham also earned a writing credit for the tune,
One of his Danckert’s most memorable lines was on the longevity of a band that never seems to age. “They drank,” he speculated, “from the fountain of youth.”
The night was not all rock and roll. To honour the Stones’ more slow numbers, the band members grabbed their acoustic guitars and played a number of songs, including Angie.
Promoter Culp is acknowledged as Canada’s leading producer of musical tribute shows. Next month, on November 23, he returns to the city with Jersey Nights, the Ultimate Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Next year, on February 28, 2020 it will be Bruce Tournay playing Billy Joel in Billy Joel and the Piano Men.
For more information about Bill Culp Productions visit http://www.billculp.ca
For more information or to purchase tickets to upcoming shows at the Olde Walkerville Theatre visit https://www.oldewalkervilletheatre.com
Article by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.