John moves like Jagger
Van Zyl lives, breathes, walks, talks, looks and even moves like frontman Mick Jagger. So much so, in fact, that the Southport rocker has dedicated the past four years to crafting the perfect Rolling Stones Experience. ‘‘Once people hear our music, they see how close we are to the real thing,’’ Van Zyl says. ‘‘We all really know our Stones stuff. I dress like Jagger and move like Jagger.’’ Van Zyl says he first started imitating Jagger when he was 15. ‘‘I have always loved The Stones. Four years ago I started looking for the right people to start this band,’’ he says. ‘‘I believe it’s more important to be an entertainer than a brilliant musician. People appreciate it. To get the crowd going and dancing and having a good time is the ultimate thing.’’ On average, Van Zyl will listen to The Stones five days a week. He says he even tried to perfect his speech so he talks like Jagger. ‘‘When we do a gig I go for a run around the venue to get in the vibe and get the energy flowing,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s exactly what Jagger does to get in the zone. The band start before me with Start Me Up, then I come running on stage a minute later.’’
The Rolling Stones Experience play Southport Sharks tomorrow at 9pm. Entry is free.
The Rolling Stones Experience