Rolling Stones tribute band in DL
It's been 10 years since musician and singer Chris LeGrand had the inspiration to make his startling resemblance to a certain rock music icon into a career.
"All of my life, I've been getting comparisons to Mick Jagger, so I finally decided to put it to work," LeGrand said in a recent phone interview.
LeGrand came to this conclusion after seeing a Beatles tribute show that was more than just music -- it was a complete theatrical experience.
"It's a pretty broad overview of the years from 1964 to 1981, which is the period everyone is familiar with," LeGrand said. "That's the scope of the show."
"Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show," which comes to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Friday, May 6, attempts to capture the music and magic of a Rolling Stones concert from that era -- complete with clothing and instruments of the period.
Besides LeGrand, who performs in the central role of the charismatic Rolling Stones front man, the show incorporates four other singer-musicians who fill the roles of the band's other members.
"We went through 20 or 30 people before we finalized the current lineup," LeGrand said. "Though we did have a change about six months ago, when a performer had to leave for family reasons, but most of this cast has been together for about five years."
LeGrand is also the executive producer of the show, and has been involved in all 1,600-plus performances since the first show was presented in 2001.
"We do 140-plus shows every year, nationally and internationally," he said. "We all have periodic breaks that we take (from touring), but we've played all over the U.S., and we do some shows in Canada and South America.
"We went to Russia in November for a week-long tour, which was very exciting," he added. "We're pretty much on the road all the time, driving or flying."
Despite having so many shows under his belt, LeGrand said, he has yet to tire of taking on the role of Mick Jagger.
"It's an unnatural thing to try and perform as someone else, particularly in the beginning," he said. "You have to work at it, just like an actor going into a movie, picking up the script and becoming that character.
"Fortunately for us, the movie and the script remains the same ... the more you do it, the more it becomes a part of you. It's ingrained in you, and it becomes more natural.
The lights go up and the music starts and you just go into your character. It's second nature. After 10 years, it's still exciting. I still enjoy doing it."
Part of the reason why LeGrand continues to enjoy the role is that they don't always follow the same play list every night.
"The show is an ongoing, changing process," he said. "We have about 15 to 20 songs that we have to perform every night that are the biggest hits, and then we pick a handful of others that are B sides or fan favorites. We like to mix in a few of those every night. Sometimes we play a few acoustic numbers in the middle, or we might highlight some of the ballads, or some of the country-flavored songs that they catalogued.
"There are several costume changes," he added. "We just have a great time celebrating this great band and their music."
Friday's show at the Holmes Theatre, underwritten by Bremer, gets underway at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and may be purchased at the Holmes box office at 806 Summit Ave., by phone at 218-844-SHOW (7469), or online at www.dlccc.org.