Tim Ries have been doing his Rolling Stones project gigs in Perth and Melbourne last minute on this Stones tour, so it has been hard to know when and where they have been. This time I got the info earlier this week, so I posted the details on the "Sydney travel thread". The intimate 505 jazz club was sold out by the time they went on stage. They say the capacity is may be 150 people at the club.
I have been working out the Sydney area on foot and by bike, this time I had a paper note in my hand saying three things. Hay Street to Central, Elisabeth Street to Cleveland Street, then turn left and the 505 club should be just around the corner on 280 Cleveland. So there it was. There was a note on the door when I arrived saying: "Sold Out. Really". Luckily I had my ticket safe.
The 505 is a great small and intimate club. The stage floor less than a foot high. A small bar in the rear corner. I was with friends who gave me a seat in a sofa close to the stage. Having a gig sitting in a sofa with a bottle of Coopers Pale Ale is the thing to do on a day off Stones concerts in Sydney. Also, I have been working hard days and weeks now, I needed a break. I left camera, mobile, everything behind, just had a few dollars in my pocket for a beer or two.
Charlie Watts arrived some half an hour before they were on. He was sitting almost "shaking hands" distance with me. Luckily he was left alone as a guest, even if I am sure many wanted to say hello and make selfies and so on.
The band did a set of some great jazz songs, with some Stones songs spiced into the set. I did not make any notes, so this is all from memory. Please excuse me if I mixed up a bit...
"Honky Tonk Women" was first of the Stones songs, followed by "Wild Horses" and "Satisfaction". Then they had a break, and after a while there was time for the second set. Charlie Watts had obviously asked to sit in on the drums, and he walks on stage. They do a great jazz version of "Waiting On A Friend". Darryl Jones guest played on bass for this song. Then they did a song Charlie recorded with his tentet, and then Charlie started some real drumming, like it was a Stones show, everybody on stage was surprised. Then Charlie had a big laugh, said thank you and followed the rest of the gig from the crowd. The band did "Ruby Tuesday".
A great night out between shows. And I am so glad I took a break from my work tonight and walked over to the 505 club on 280 Cleveland Street.
The 505 club : [www.venue505.com
Chanel 3 - The trio, and the "Stones" guests - band lineup:
New Yorkers Tim Ries (saxophones) and Bernard Fowler (vocals) from The Rolling Stones will be the special guests of the newly formed jazz trio 'Chanel 3' Which features the incredible talents of guitarist Carl Morgan (fresh from winning the National Jazz Competition at Wangaratta), drummer Tim Firth and bassist Jonathan Zwartz.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2014-11-13 15:56 by bv.