CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- To be satisfied with a performance by an orchestra, you would need to be able to hear the orchestra clearly.
You can't always get what you want.
Such was the case when the Rolling Stones tribute show, "Satisfaction," rolled into Charleston for a performance Friday night with the West Virginia Symphony at the Clay Center.
On the satisfied side of the ledger, the band is very good. The guitarists were top-notch, and the bass player played with aloof aplomb. The drummer drove the band with energy and an edgy sound. The lead vocalist (no names were given in the program) sounded very much like Mick Jagger and had a bit of his trademark strut.
But, it was very hard to hear the orchestra, except in the quiet moments.
The drums were too loud in the mix and the orchestra was distant and indistinct when the band was playing loudly. Which was most of the time.
Orchestrally, some things did work well, usually in quiet moments when the full band was not playing.