A longtime musician, the singer started Satisfaction in 2001 as a kind of response to The Beatles.
"I just noticed that there were all these Beatles tribute groups," he said. "There were a lot of them and they'd been touring for years, but there wasn't a Rolling Stones show.
"I thought it was an opportunity."
So, he stepped out with his band, all of them dressed up to look like The Rolling Stones and LeGrand sounding quite a bit like Mick Jagger. The singer said their success surprised even him.
"The more the band developed, the more we got into playing performing arts centers and theaters," he said. "The show was doing great and really standing on its own, but then I saw where some other performers were working with symphony orchestras -- Wynonna, Michael Bolton and Barry Manilow -- and I thought this could be an interesting thing we could put together."
LeGrand looked for examples for how something like The Rolling Stones' music might sound if it were done with an orchestra, and he found an album of songs by The Rolling Stones done as classical music.
"I took it home, and it just made total sense to me," he said.
It wasn't always an easy fit, LeGrand acknowledged. He explained that wasn't because classic rock doesn't lend itself to being presented with a symphony, but because as rock musicians, he and his band had to adapt to the structure of working with a symphony.
"With a rock 'n' roll group, there's certainly some flexibility," he said. "There's a little ad-libbing that can go into a live performance. You don't have that luxury when you're playing with a symphony orchestra. You play to the charts.
"It's made us a lot more disciplined as musicians."
And he can't complain about the results.
"In a lot of ways it enhances and highlights some of the songs," he said. "One of my favorites is 'Paint It Black.' It's such a powerful song on its own, and when I heard it early on, I thought this is going to be one of our biggest numbers."
Symphony fans, he hoped, would like the arrangements, too, and maybe might take a second listen to a different kind of classical music.
Still, even dressed up for the symphony, LeGrand said it was still only rock 'n' roll.
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