Jagged Stones offer audience Rolling Stones musical satisfaction

lshirley@macon.comMay 17, 2013 

The Jagged Stones, a Rolling Stones tribute band, performs Saturday at Cox Capitol Theatre.


Even though the Rolling Stones tour is not currently scheduled to make any stops in the South, the Jagged Stones show Saturday at the Cox Capitol Theatre should give midstate fans plenty of satisfaction.

Billed as “the premier Rolling Stones tribute,” the Jagged Stones features Stephen Skipper as Mick Jagger, Barry Zion as Keith Richards, Eddie Brodeur as Ronnie Wood, David Lang as Ian Stewart, Joel Edwards as Bill Wyman and Martin Abbott as Charlie Watts.

“Our front man is a look-alike for Mick Jagger. He spent two or three years mostly doing karaoke in the Atlanta area, and someone suggested he should put a band together,” Zion said. “He found the rest of us through Craigslist.”

The Jagged Stones perform 20-30 songs per show, including classics such as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Satisfaction,” “Start Me Up,” “Brown Sugar” and audience favorite “Angie.”

“The good thing about the Rolling Stones is that they’ve been around for 50 years and have quite a catalog to pick from, so much old stuff. We try to listen to our fans, too, and play a good mix of songs, from the dance stuff to the harder rock. In the ’60s, they made a bunch of three-minute songs for AM radio that we can rip through real quick,” Zion said, adding that his favorite Rolling Stones song to play is “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking?”

Zion said that rather than just being a cover band, members of the Atlanta-based tribute band re-create the whole atmosphere of a Rolling Stones concert and are able to play, sound and move like the band they emulate, and the Jagged Stones provide an up close and personal show that Rolling Stones fans wouldn’t get in a stadium concert.

“We love playing auditorium shows like the Cox. The lights are good, the sound is good and it’s a much more intimate show for the audience,” he said.

The Jagged Stones formed in 2011 and have played mostly in the Atlanta area so far, with the exception of a few bars in North Georgia.

“We’re trying to make that spiral a little bigger, but we’re happy with the track we’re on. We’re mature people with day jobs and a lot of business experience. Our guiding principle is to try to be consistent and keep our integrity. If a gig’s not right for us, we don’t do it,” Zion said.

Because they are a larger band -- typically six members but sometimes 11, as they will be at the Cox with a horn section and backup singers -- Zion said they also have to choose venues that they fit in.

“We don’t want to be a cover band, but rather a tribute band that can give the audience the full Rolling Stones experience,” he said.

The Jagged Stones

When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St.

Cost: $17 in advance, $20 day of show

Information: 257-6391 or www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.

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