Rock tribute to The Rolling Stones coming to Welwyn Garden City theatre

The Rollin' Clones

The Rollin' Clones - Credit: Archant

A tribute band to The Rolling Stones will be appearing live in Welwyn Garden City this weekend.

The Rollin' Clones

The Rollin' Clones - Credit: Archant

The Rolling Stones are regarded by many as the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time.

And a world famous tribute to the Stones will be rocking a Welwyn Garden City venue this week.

The Rollin’ Clones’ show at the Hawthorne Theatre on Saturday, November 29 will be a Welwyn Hatfield homecoming for two of the band’s members.

WGC’s Alex Larke is the group’s Mick Jagger, with former Hatfield resident Aaron Clarke the other half of the Clones’ version of The Glimmer Twins.

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A devoted Stones fan from an early age, performing as Keith Richards on stage is a dream job for talented guitarist Aaron.

Speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, he said: “The great thing about being in a tribute to a band such as the Stones, apart from the fun of playing as my hero, is the volume of songs to pick from.

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“From there you have variations in the way those songs are played live throughout the decades. I guess to most of fans, the 60s and 70s are usually considered to be best performances to draw from.”

The Clones’ Keef added: “The Stones are very loose in that sense. The songs are structured but the band is often jamming through it and it is almost never played exactly the same way twice.

“We try to pick a list of the big hits, for the casual fans, and then always are keen to throw in some of those lesser known great songs that the bigger fans will appreciate.”

Of his personal favourites to play live, Aaron said: “As a performer, it’s the upbeat tracks that do it for me.

“To see the crowd in front of you on the feet and dancing and to see the band behind you really chugging away and grinning, that’s where it’s at for me. Brown Sugar, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Satisfaction are just a few that seem to have that effect.”

The Stones aficionado added: “I also, as Keef, do Happy from the album Exile on Main St. This is one that Keef sings and we do it like they did it live in the 70s, at a rip-roaring pace.

“That one’s a lot of fun to do and although it’s only really known by the bigger fans, it always goes down well.”

As a super Stones, fan, Aaron loves some of the rarer album tracks and B-sides.

“Let It Loose from Exile springs to mind, as well as some of Keef’s solo stuff off of Main Offender,” he added.

* The Rollin’ Clones play the Hawthorne Theatre, at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, on Saturday.

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14 in advance and £16 on the night.

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