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.