Mick Jagger's brother rolls into Wellington with long-time Rolling Stones band members

Ben Waters and friends will perform a one-off show in Wellington, at San Fran on March 14.
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Ben Waters and friends will perform a one-off show in Wellington, at San Fran on March 14.

There will be rock 'n roll, blues and maybe even some moves ... like Jagger.

San Fran hosts a performance from Europe's Best Boogie Pianist, Ben Waters, who arrives into Wellington with a few of his friends next week.

Waters will perform with Chris Jagger (guitar and vocals), younger brother of Mick, and long-time Rolling Stones band members Tim Ries (keys and saxophone) and Bernard Fowler (vocals) at San Fran on Tuesday, March 14.

Ben Waters and friends. From left, Ben Waters, Tom Waters, Tim Ries, Bernard Fowler and Chris Jagger.
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Ben Waters and friends. From left, Ben Waters, Tom Waters, Tim Ries, Bernard Fowler and Chris Jagger.

He will also be joined by his son Tom on alto-sax.

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Waters, who has performed in New Zealand in 2015 and 2016, says the tour came about through chance.

Chris Jagger will perform with Tim Ries and Bernard Fowler of the Rolling Stones and British boogie, blues and rock 'n ...
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Chris Jagger will perform with Tim Ries and Bernard Fowler of the Rolling Stones and British boogie, blues and rock 'n roll star Ben Waters.

Akaroa resident Michael Norris met Waters at a wedding in Scotland and last October the two visited Las Vegas for a Rolling Stones gig.

The following day, Norris was relaxing by the pool at the same hotel where The Rolling Stones were staying when he struck up a conversation with band member Tim Ries.

He asked Ries and Fowler if they'd consider coming to New Zealand and they said yes.

Waters says New Zealand is "wonderful", which is why he keeps coming back.

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"I absolutely love it here. We came over for a few days [in 2015] and had the best time ever. The shows were sold out and the people were lovely."

He says his Kiwi shows are some of the "best concerts we've ever done".

"Maybe there's something in the water."

Ries gifted Waters son Tim his saxophone after a Rolling Stones performances in 2013.

Tom, 16, says being on stage with one of his favourite players is a surreal feeling.

"I still get really nervous, especially when I'm in company with Bernard and Tim because they're such high profile, phenomenal musicians."

Jagger, on his first trip to New Zealand, is interested in our plants and birds and wants to see volcanic activity and hot springs, he says.

"Ideally I'd like to sail around New Zealand like Captain Cook did."

He says an earthquake in Akaroa sounded like "someone upstairs moving some heavy furniture".

He is looking forward to playing some of his original songs in the show, which will offer a good variety of material.

"It's going to be a bit of something for everyone, I think."

Waters hopes the show brings fun and energy.

"We've never been to Wellington before and when we were over last time everyone said 'you've got to go to Wellington', so we're really excited," he says.

* Ben Waters and friends play San Fran, Cuba St on Tuesday, March 14; 8pm.

* Tickets $95 from sanfran.co.nz.

 - Stuff

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