Thursday night’s Stones Fest was what it promised—a lot of people playing and singing songs by The Rolling Stones. Most of the songs were performed faithfully and passionately, which means the show at its best delivered something the Stones themselves don’t do anymore. Some were too passionate. Butch Walker overheated every vocal.
Roots rocker Butch Walker grew up playing Rolling Stones songs in his high school cover band. “I was mostly into heavy metal and stuff like that, so there’s no way I was going to be great at having the nuance and technique of those players,” he says. “I was probably playing those songs on a shitty Ibanez with a pointy headstock and too much distortion, not really nailing the sentiment and the vibe.”