Having earned the moniker “The Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World” years ago, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards continue to write new music, and the hugely popular band goes on tour regularly.
But it’s the Stones’ classic hits that form the set list for a new Cedar Rapids-based band, Tumbling Dice. Named after the hit song from the Rolling Stones “1972 Exile on Main Street” album, the Tumbling Dice has no shortage of material to choose from.
Coming from area bands such as Bad Boyz, MoJoe, Hyperfuzz, Deuce Coupe, The Quarymen, The Surf Zombies, Meerkats, Flaming Camaros and Sarah Cram & the Derelicts, these musicians have dug deeply into the Stones’ archives, and remain true to the original feel and sound of each song.
Hoopla tracked down Mick and the boys — well, actually Freddie and Brook, and asked a few questions.
How did you get together?
Freddie: I have always liked doing Rolling Stones songs, and I thought that these guys could do a good job playing the Stones. I asked Brian, David and Joel, and Joel suggested Brook, who has been in high demand as a guitarist for some of the Corridor’s favorite bands for many years.
Do you do any originals?
No. Wait — yes, we do all original Rolling Stones songs.
Describe the energy that the audience will see on stage?
Freddie: Tons of energy; lots of influence from all the players.
Have you found any surprises within the Stones’ music?
They did a lot of really great covers on their first few records. And what we thought were Brian Jones solos and fills were actually Keith Richards, who was and is quite a blazing lead guitar player.
It’s easy to see the passion that you guys have for this music.
Brook: I was skeptical about joining another band, but Fred is such a rock star to hang out with and really nails the gritty Jagger vocals. Brian is an excellent Keith Richards, and knows the guitar parts to such a fine degree, I was really impressed. David does such a killer Charlie Watts. And I have never seen Joel get so obsessed with learning the bass parts right off the record. All the elements are there. It’s really about as close to jamming with the Stones as you can get, dude!
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