John moves like Jag­ger

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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

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