A TRIBUTE to one of the biggest rock bands in the world is set to take to the stage at a major Uttoxeter music festival.
The Counterfeit Stones, a tribute to the Rolling Stones, is the latest addition to the line-up for the Acoustic Festival of Britain from May 30 to June 1 at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
They will replace The Illegal Eagles who dropped out of the festival last week.
A spokesman said: “We are pleased to say we have managed to get a band we have been after for ages and I think will be even better for the Acoustic. Lets hear it for the second best Rock’n’Roll band in the world – The Counterfeit Stones.”
The Counterfeit Stones formed in 1991 and tour the globe with their ‘colourful rock ‘n’ roll show’.
Organisers said that audience numbers turning out to the shows range from thousands at outdoor festivals to hundreds in the theatre.
Radio 2’s Chris Evans said the Counterfeit Stones were the most exciting live band in the country and promptly booked them for his Carfest festivals in 2012.
The spokesman added: “The reason The Counterfeit Stones have remained so popular is that they are the perfect party band.
“They stick to playing the big danceable hits of the 60s and 70s and with outrageous stage costumes to match, it proves to be everybody’s hottest ticket.
“Sir Mick Jagger has even referred to them as ‘the most famous Stones band in England’ and having supported stars as diverse as Barry Manilow, Oasis and Tom Jones, it shows the wide appeal of this exciting band.”
Their impressive list of shows includes supporting Barry Manilow at the BBC Proms in Hyde Park in September 2009 where they performed to a sell-out crowd of 40,000 people.
This year sees the rockers, whose debut gig was at the Del Mar Grand Prix in California in October 1991, celebrate their 23rd anniversary.
In that time they have played in nearly every country in the world and have played to audiences with capacities of up to 65,000.
They have even fooled top BBC executives into thinking they were watching the real Rolling Stones at a Radio 1 DJ’s leaving party.
The show was broadcast live on the radio and the plug, made by the lead singer, for a gig in Putney which then resulted in gridlock in the area.
In a BBC online interview Sir Mick Jagger was asked which of his impersonators during 40 years he considered the best – he cited Nick Dagger who is the lead singer of the Counterfeit Stones.
In May 2005 they were invited to play on the deck of an American aircraft carrier in San Diego harbour.
The audience comprised 6,000 lawyers attending a conference on trade name protection including counterfeiting.
More information on the act is available at www.acousticfestival.co.uk/artists/counterfeit_stones.html