Vancouver Rolling Stones cover band Tongue
Last night we saw Tongue, a Vancouver Rolling Stones cover band, at Pub 340.
If you don’t know Pub 340, well, the way I described it to my cousin this morning was as “no place for a lady.” I brought my girlfriend anyway.
Our main reason for going to see Tongue at Pub 340 was my friend Mike, who’s drumming for the group. He also drums in a Beatles cover band and occasionally with a bunch of oddballs who call themselves Beluga (“Golf is Like the Universe”, “What’s So Evil About Evel Knievel“).
The lead singer does have a vague resemblance to Mick but that’s where any resemblance ends. After the set Mike told us that the singer had met his wife, who was tending the multi-media aspect of the show (including a projection of the Rolling Stones’ logo behind the five-piece) at a Las Vegas celebrity lookalike convention. She had been Marilyn Monroe.
On the way over I’d said to Robyn, my girlfriend: “If they play ‘Wild Horses’, we’re leaving.” I kind of can’t stand that song (or “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, for that matter).
Of course, they did play that, along with “Sympathy for the Devil”, “Miss You”, and a bunch of others. I’m not the biggest Stones fan but it was a fun set, and the bank did start cooking towards the end of the set, during “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Street Fighting Man”.
The best part though was probably just watching Mike – you can see, by the faces he makes, that he loves playing these songs, and doesn’t take any of it too seriously. Some of his expressions were priceless, though my iPhone’s camera (and my own picture-taking abilities) don’t do them justice.