Pontiac’s Charlie Trador knows that being in the Rolling Stones is a long shot.
But he’s perfectly happy being part of the next best thing.
Since 2005, Trador has played guitar as the Ron Wood counterpart in Satisfaction, one of the world’s top Rolling Stones tribute bands.
“I had no idea how big the tribute thing was,” says Trador, 43, who was referred to Satisfaction by his father. “I’ve been everywhere three or four times. We’ve played (Las) Vegas, all kinds of theaters and casinos — all the things I was trying to do with the bands I had around (Detroit) but couldn’t get going.”
Trador, who says the Stones are his “favorite band,” initially contacted group leader and Mick Jagger surrogate Chris LeGrand about being the Keith Richards stand-in for Satisfaction. But after hearing Trador’s CD “he thought I’d probably get bored quick doing that” and instead courted him to play Wood’s lead parts, which not only involve most of the guitar solos but also recreating piano and saxophone lines.
Satisfaction plays about 150 shows a year, according to Trador, and has a repertoire of about 50 songs — mostly hits such as “Tumbling Dice,” “Start Me Up,” “Jumping Jack Flash” and, of course, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” but also picking up some rarities such as “I’m Free” and “Loving Cup” and “Rough Justice,” an “Exile on Main Street” outtake that it emerged on a special expanded edition of the album earlier this year. And, Trador adds, it’s just as important for Satisfaction to look like the Stones as to sound like them.
“Oh yeah, we have all the clothes and do lots of rehearsal to get the little nuances down,” he says. “We try our damndest to do everything we can to be the Rolling Stones.
Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show performs Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2, at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.
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