The Blushing Brides, who have been performing their Rolling Stones tribute show since 1979, are now on their 40th anniversary tour. The world’s longest and most successful Rolling Stones tribute band,” the Blushing Brides have performed more than 4,000 Stones tribute shows in their 40-year history, predominantly in Ontario, Quebec, the Maritime provinces, and the Eastern U.S.
According to Richard Colgan—the Keith Richards of the group—“The Blushing Brides’ fan base is really the same thing as the fans of The Rolling Stones. It’s all about delivering the music of the Rolling Stones in the best way we can for audiences that love the Stones just like we do. In terms of demographics, mostly 50 years and up, and very often well over 50, considering that the Stones are now 75 and that lifetime fans of theirs would be up in their age range. That said, with a 57-year history, we have largely become an all-ages show with something for everyone. Fans really want to hear the Stones’ greatest hits so we play all of them, but a few (personal) favourites are Midnight Rambler and Gimme Shelter.
The Brides began blushing way back in 1979 when lead singer, Maurice Raymond, originally from Montreal, along with guitarist James Green, also from Montreal, met some other musicians from Kingston. They decided to form a band and to make the format a tribute to their favorite band, The Rolling Stones. Raymond as Mick Jagger and Green on guitar are the two remaining original members from the group’s 1979 inception.
Colgan, who had previously played the Keith Richards guitar slot revisits his favourite role in the Blushing Brides, with bassist Matt Greenberg, appearing with The Brides for more than 20 years now, and Sascha Tukatsch on drums—a Brides alumnus since 1987.
“Everyone in the band loves the music of the Rolling Stones and has for decades since they were teenagers, and still do,” explained Colgan. “And to keep it fresh, every time we play a song, it is a little different than every time before as a live performance of the song produced in the moment on stage.”