The Lives They Live: Opening for The Rolling Stones was wild, wild, wild

While the pioneer leaders were the original architects of Singapore, everyday heroes helped build society here. This is another story about such people in the series The Lives They Live.

Being the opening act for The Rolling Stones in 1965 opened many doors for The Silver Strings. The Singapore band went on to record 12 original songs and also toured Malaysia. The Silver Strings was a big part of Mr Audie Ng's youth and will always b
The Silver Strings was a big part of Mr Audie Ng's youth and will always be special to him, he says. "It is the only band I have been with. We still keep in touch with each other even after five decades." ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
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The year was 1965. Thousands of teenagers filled the iconic Singapore Badminton Hall, waiting for English rock band The Rolling Stones to perform. Tasked with keeping the wild audience in check was the opening act The Silver Strings - Singapore's own rising stars.

The Silver Strings comprised Audie Ng, then 23, on bass guitar, Merlin Lim, 21, on rhythm guitar, David Chan, 25, on lead guitar, and Danny Boy, 21, on drums. Mike Van Dort, 20, and his brother Herb, 22, were the lead vocals, who on that night were belting out hits by the Stones such as (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and Paint It Black to try and buy time for the British band, which was running late for the gig.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2018, with the headline The Lives They Live: Opening for The Rolling Stones was wild, wild, wild. Subscribe