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Rolling Stones tribute band performs at Md. Theatre

The Glimmer Twins strut their stuff Friday night as The Rolling Stones

The Glimmer Twins strut their stuff Friday night as The Rolling Stones

November 05, 2009

On the phone, the guys from The Glimmer Twins don't have British accents like their rock alter egos, The Rolling Stones, who they portray onstage.

But watch a clip of the band online, and it's almost like looking at a younger version of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The Glimmer Twins hope to give the audience a little "Satisfaction" when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at The Maryland Theatre.

For the telephone interview, Keith Call, who portrays Mick Jagger, is calling from Delaware; Bernie Bollendorf, who is Keith Richards onstage, is calling from Fed Ex Field in Maryland; and Mike Rubino, guitarist for the group, is in Philadelphia.

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Rubino said Glimmer Twins' musicians came from other Rolling Stones tribute bands in the area.

Borrowing their name from a nickname the press gave Jagger and Richards, the seven-man band came together simply because they enjoyed The Rolling Stones.

"We're all huge Rolling Stones fans," Call said.

To take on the iconic legends of rock 'n' roll has been a fun trip for band members.

"For me, Keith is the epitome of cool," Bollendorf said.

For all of them, it has basically come down to the music. But they know audiences expect certain things of a tribute band, such as make up.

"Bernie teases me about wearing the make up, but the truth is, he wears more eyeliner than I do," Call said with a laugh.

Visual impact is important: It's not only about what the audience hears, but what they see.

"The look is everything. Obviously, Bernie bears a strong resemblance to a young Keith Richards. I've been told I bear a strong resemblance to a young Mick Jagger," Call said. "We have the young look and we're such big fans. That's basically why we got involved."

Only one of the band's members have actually met a member of the Rolling Stones.

Bollendorf was at a concert in 2002.

"I was right at the front of the stage and it was at the end of the show," he said. "I stuck my hand out and Mick walked by me. And I said, 'Hey, Mick.' He stopped, leaned over and grabbed my hand. I said, 'Thanks, Mick.' He said, 'No, thank you.' Then he turned and walked off stage. I thought that was pretty cool."

The Glimmer Twins said those who attend their show should be waiting for a rockin' time.

"One thing I want them to take away is if they stop me at the end of the night or I read it in a review somewhere is that it took them back to when they were there," Bollendorf said. "If I could take them back in time, when they were younger and a special time in their life. That would be nice."

Thanks to the Rolling Stones' enduring career, the guys said they'll have plenty of material to continue.

"They had so many songs," Rubino said.

And they're going to keep going as long as they can.

"I think we're going to keep going as long as we're having fun," Call said, "and we always have fun every time we go out especially when the audience's having fun, too."




If you go ...



What: The Glimmer Twins, Rolling Stones tribute band

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6

Where: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown

Cost: $17.50 to $22.50

MORE: Call 301-790-2000 or www.mdtheatre.org

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