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THEY may be faking it but as The Counterfeit Stones hit 20 there’ll be plenty of satisfaction for the audience.

The band is celebrating the anniversary by touring its latest show Exhale On Main Street, a marvellous musical mockumentary of the Rolling Stones’ colourful history from 1962, as well as some perfect renditions of their hit songs, and a series of spoof film clips depicting real and imagined events.

These originally produced mini movies conveniently cover the costume and set changes, and present a visual feast that takes in five decades.

A mixed cocktail of tunes, retro costumes and humour in the production is guaranteed to intoxicate the young, and the less so.

For those in the audience who were there, get ready for a huge dose of nostalgia as you’re treated to the much-loved classics, and for those who weren’t – consider it an education.

The band is Steve Elson as Nick Dagger, Bill Lennon as Keef Rickard, John Prynn as Charlie Mott, while Bryon Jones, Mick Taylor-Made and Ronnie B Goode are all played by David Birnie, and Manfred Mann, Nicky Popkiss and Chuck Ravel are played by Holger Skepeneit.

The boys are so good that they were chosen to play the soundtracks on Stephen Woolley’s feature film Stoned and a Channel 4 documentary on the Rolling Stones’ early years with Brian Jones.

It’s phoney rock and roll but if you’re a fan of the Stones you’re going to like it.

The Counterfeit Stones play at the Elgiva in Chesham on Friday, October 14 at 8pm.

Call the box office on 01494 582900 for tickets or go to