The Blushing Brides, known as the world’s most dangerous tribute to the Rolling Stones, performed at the C Note in Hull recently. If you’re an avid Rolling Stones fan, and who isn’t, this is the band for you. They’ve been touring for thirty plus years, long before tribute bands were even popular. Although the line up has changed several times, the material remains true to the Stones as well as many of the bands original tunes.
In 1980, RCA offered the band a five year contract. Their first album, “Unveiled”, produced an original hit single, “What You Talkin About”.
More recently, the Brides signed to Toronto-based Strawberry Records (A & M). A single, “Feel Like A Man”, was released and the band hit the clubs with a combination of their original material and Stones cover tunes. The band’s popularity around the globe has much to do with their take no prisoners approach to performing.
Lead vocalist, Maurice Raymond spoke with Examiner about his many years on the road.
Examiner: Do you have any Rolling Stones stories?
Maurice Raymond: In 1981, we used to play a club on Long Island called, My Father’s Place. It was a hang out for Keith Richard’s, who at the time, would spend most of his Monday night’s at the club’s reggae night. A limo would pull up and Richard’s would step out with his own bottle of Jack Daniel’s. The club owner asked him if he had heard of the Blushing Brides. He said that he had but he had never seen us. So the club owner video taped us and gave it to Richards who later showed Mick Jagger one night backstage after the Stones performance which was less than spectacular. He puts on the video and says to Jagger, “See, that’s how Gimme Shelter should be done.”
AN: Who are you?
MR: We are a rock and roll band from Canada who love to play the blues and the Rolling Stones. We wanted to be an original band who also played the music of the Stones. We didn’t start out by being a Rolling Stones tribute band. It sort of happened after an article came out in the Boston Globe that read, “Stones clone invade New England.” It even included a quote from Jagger when he was asked if he had heard of the Blushing Brides? Jagger’s reply, “I think it’s quite mad what they’re doing. America has an appetite for recycled garbage I guess.”
Our shows are never the same. I tell my band to do what they feel when they are playing the song. We create an art of enjoyment for two hours and don’t use a set list. Never know what we are going to play. It is a true art but, there is a frame work. The band has total freedom within the framework of the song. It’s a calculated chaos with a vaudevillian flair.
AN: Who is your favorite band?
MR: Boston’s own J. Geils Band. Peter Wolf is one of the best entertainers on stage. But, I think that we are pretty good as well.
AN: How many years have you been the Blushing Brides?
MR: For 36 years I’ve been able to look out in to the audience and see the faces of the people in the crowd with appreciation of our music, pure joy, and wonder. I don’t make a lot of money and I don’t need a lot of money. I love to sing and entertain.
Marty Phillips, our sax player, is a new addition to the band when we play in and around the New England states.
There are two Blushing brides bands. The American one is: Paul Dawicki on drums, Louie Tucci on bass, Lee Boice on lead guitar, Daniel Hoffenberg on rhythm guitar and myself, on lead vocals.
The originators of the Blushing Brides are from Canada and we still play in Canada. They are: Sascha Tukscha on drums, James Green on lead guitar, Paul Martin on rhythm guitar, and Matt Greenberg on bass.