When it comes to cherishing a great rock band, affection is much healthier than idolatry.
With the popularity of "Beatlemania," rampant Elvis impersonation and clone bands that specialize in note-for-note replications of rock heroes, too many musicians and rock fans are eager to worship in high-decibel wax museums.
Tuesday night at Bogart's in Long Beach, on the 26th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' first gig, a loose confederation of Orange County rock musicians got together to pay the Stones an affectionate, non-idolatrous tribute.
The informal band, billed as Some Boys, hadn't rehearsed enough to think of rendering precise replications of uptempo Stones songs. But it captured the essence of the Rolling Stones, which is to bash out some of those good, raunchy, hopped-up Chuck Berry licks and have a good time doing it. A smattering of slower songs, however, would have brought a welcome change of pace.