For those Rolling Stones fans shut out of the band’s Voodoo Lounge tour by $50-tops ticket prices and traveling distances, Sticky Fingers are the next best thing to being there. One of several Stones tribute bands around the country, the New Jersey- and Massachusetts-based Sticky Fingers serve up a full menu of Jagger-Richards anthems and don appropriately form-fitting costumes from each phase of the Stones’ 30-year career. (The group even incorporated a few Voodoo Lounge songs into its live act before the Stones did.) And in singer Glen Carroll, 34, and guitarist Gar Francis, 38, the group offers dead-on Mick and Keith look- and sound-alikes.
”Each time I go to the hairstylist, I bring a photograph of Mick for him to copy,” explains a very serious Carroll. ”This is not about getting our hair cut the way we want to. This is business.”
And a lucrative business at that. On their summer tour of the Eastern seaboard, Sticky Fingers will play three to four nights a week and, according to Carroll, ”earn up to $10,000 on a good night. I’m not bragging, but I’m wearing a real Rolex and I’m driving a Porsche 911 Carrera, and this is all I do. I’m basically a materialistic guy, like Mick.” Granted, Carroll hasn’t actually met Jagger, although Francis has had a close encounter of the Stones kind. ”I saw Keith walking down the street once in Manhattan,” he recalls, ”and Patti Hansen was dragging him. I said hello, but he was oblivous to everything. Just like you’d picture him. It was perfect.”
Unlike members of Beatlemania, who struck out on their own musical careers, Sticky Fingers are content being what Carroll considers ”the world’s greatest rock & roll tribute band.” The attendant perks aren’t so bad either. ”I’ve gotten into clubs when people thought I was Keith,” says Francis. ”I get to go right to the front of the line.”