Kings Heath gets ‘Stoned’ again
Friday, 23rd October 2015
King’s Heath gets ready to get Stoned again on Sunday 20 September.
Europe’s foremost Rolling Stones tribute band The Stones return to the Hare & Hounds on Sunday 20 September after their sensational show last year in a concert to conclude King’s Heath’s 52nd Anniversary celebration of The Rolling Stones first ever appearance in Birmingham at the now sadly burnt down Ritz Ballroom.
King’s Heath Walk of Fame’s day long RollKing Stones Fest 2015 will start with an Acoustic Session featuring many great local musicians at Fletchers Bar from 3pm to 6pm and ending with The Stones performing a two hour show at 7.30pm at the Hare & Hounds next door to the old ballroom.
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 at the Great Pop Prom at the Royal Albert Hall! When they next returned to Birmingham they played themuch larger Town Hall and Hippodrome before going on to become the world’s greatest Rock and Roll Band in the world selling over 200 million albums.
From 3 to 6pm some fine local musicians will perform their interpretations of classic Rolling Stones songs at Fletchers Bar & Eatery on York Road.
From 7.30 to 10.30pm Europe’s No.1 tribute to the Rolling Stones The Stones will then bring to the stage at the Hare & Hounds all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert in 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 “… history repeating itself, only better …by a lot” (Playhouse, Whitley Bay)” The Rolling Stones, recreated to absolute perfection” (Winding Wheel Theatre, Chesterfield) Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker, joint organisers of the King’s Heath Walk of Fame, said “Rolling Stones fans from all over the country are expected to flock to King’s Heath again for our annual celebration of the greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World’s Birmingham debut. Tickets need to be bought early as the both events are likely to sell out for this really special celebration of the day in 1963 that King’s Heath got stoned!”
Tickets for the evening concert by The Stones at the Hare and Hounds cost £10 cash in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe.