WHEN Mark Smallman takes to the stage with his band at this weekend’s Fake Fest, don’t be surprised if you have to do a double-take.
As Mick Jogger, frontman of the Rolling Zones, Mark is a dead ringer for the Stones’ frontman.
And with the real Mick Jagger currently part of the SuperHeavy supergroup, and no Stones projects on the horizon, this may be the closest the public can get to a Stones performance.
Mark has been appearing as Mick now for 11 years and his band will be joining Queen tribute act Rhapsody, The Fool Fighters and local acts The Stolen and Offbeat Offensive at the day-long concert on Castle Field, Southsea.
He said: ‘I never thought I looked like him until others told me, but it helps make it more “real”. I do the voice, I do the movements – it’s like a caricature, but the acting of the part is done with great affection.
‘He’s very, very fit and when you see him live, his performance really belies his age. He’s a great showman and singer and if I can get a little bit of that across, that’s fantastic.’
Joined on stage by Keef Rockhard, Bill Wyldman, Charlie Rocks and Ronnie Woodentop, the band aim to recreate the Stones live experience as accurately as possible.
Mark added: ‘We have some great musicians so we try to make it as fun for ourselves and the audience – after all, entertainment is what it’s all about. It’s the essence of the Stones that we want to get across.’
While the final set list hasn’t been chosen yet, the Zones have 40 years of hits to draw from, Jumping Jack Flash and Honky Tonk Woman to Start Me Up and Gimme Shelter.
Mark added, ‘It’s amazing how well these songs have lasted. I’ve noticed when we play that we have kids right through to older folk out there, and they all know these songs.’
Advance tickets cost £19.99, with under-16s free, and are available from the ofﬁces of The News, The Chichester Observer, The Worthing Herald, The Mid Sussex Times, The County Times, and The Crawley Observer. The event is on Saturday from 1pm to 11pm and there will be a food court and bars. Tickets on the gate cost £25.