SPITTING IMAGE: John van Zyl is the lead man of the Rolling Stones Experience tribute show.
SPITTING IMAGE: John van Zyl is the lead man of the Rolling Stones Experience tribute show. Contributed.

'Going nuts': 'Jagger' will be rolling into Gladstone

MICK Jagger. He's the man with the luscious chocolate locks, rock attitude and a voice to give you goosebumps, or so you would think.

John van Zyl has been making people stop in their tracks for the past 10 years, often being mistaken for the British rock legend.

"People have been telling me for a long time I looked like Mick Jagger,” van Zyl said.

"I've always loved (The Rolling Stones), since I got their first album when I was 17-years-old from a kid from London.”

Now, van Zyl travels Australia with his Rolling Stones Experience tribute show, (coming to Gladstone in March), impressing audiences with their characteristic performances.

"We played at Redcliffe Cultural Centre and for the first time in my life I had a standing ovation,” he said.

"I was shocked by whole thing. There was 300 people in a theatre sitting down then clapping and yelling ... they started going nuts.”

Although the current band rehearses every week, van Zyl said he had been mastering Jagger's moves since he was about six-years-old.

"The first thing I did was get all his videos of The Rolling Stones that I could get my hands on and started watching one after another,” he said.

"Luckily the house had one whole wall of mirrors on the wardrobe, I'd put the stereo in there and crank it and dance around and copy what I'd seen (Jagger) do.”

The current band has been together since October and van Zyl said he had not experienced passion like it before.

"Everything locks in and it's all this energy, a total combined energy for five people, that's what gets the audience,” he said.



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