Satisfaction guaranteed for Rolling Stones fans
Rolling Stones fans from throughout the country are guaranteed satisfaction on Sunday 14 September when they descend on King’s Heath for a unique One Day Fest that will commemorate the 51st Anniversary of the Rolling Stones first ever performance in Birmingham at the former Ritz Ballroom on King’s Heath’s York Road next door to the Hare & Hounds.
A day long RollKings Stones Fest has been organised by King’s Heath Walk of Fame starting with an Acoustic Session featuring top local musicians at Fletchers Bar from 3pm to 6 pm followed by a screening of a film of the Rolling Stones in concert also at Fletchers and ending with Europe’s No. 1 tribute band The Stones performing a two hour show at 7.30pm at the Hare and Hounds.
Formed in London in 1962 by Brian Jones after he met up with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards who had been childhood friends, the Rolling Stones started out as a blues group taking their name from the title of a song by Muddy Waters. For the whole of 1962 they played exclusively in the London area. But all that changed on 7 June 1963 after they released their first single a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Come On”. Just a few months later on 14 September 1963 they played one of their first ever gigs outside London and their first ever in Birmingham at King’s Heath’s Ritz Ballroom. Joining Brian, Mick and Keith on the tiny stage were Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. The day after they returned to London to play before thousands at the Great Pop Prom at the Royal Albert Hall! The Rolling Stones then went on to become the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world’ selling over 200 million albums worldwide, with hits such as ‘Satisfaction’, ‘Start Me Up’, Honky Tonk Woman’ and Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, to name but a few.
Now a concert by The Stones – not just a tribute band but a great band in their own right – will bring to the stage all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert with a serious tribute to their music in a sensational climax to the One Day Fest.
Their repertoire covers songs from all periods of the Rolling Stones career, but the majority of songs are from the 1960’s and 70’s
Tickets for the evening concert by The Stones at the Hare and Hounds cost £8 cash in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe, £8 plus booking fee from www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk or £10 on the door.
Tickets for the afternoon Acoustic Session at Fletchers cost £3 in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or £4 on the door.
Combined Tickets for both events cost £10 in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or £12 on the door.
Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker, joint organisers of the King’s Heath Walk of Fame said, “We are expecting Rolling Stones fans from all over the country to descend on King’s Heath on Sunday 14 September for this unique event to commemorate the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World’s Birmingham debut. It is quite remarkable to think that they like all the great 1960’s pop groups started off their careers playing a tiny club on a King’s Heath side street. It is vitally important that the rich musical legacy of the Ritz Ballroom continues to be commemorated”.