Adalita Srsen didn't hesitate when asked if she would join Phil Jamieson, Tim Rogers and Tex Perkins on stage to sing a few Rolling Stones songs in front of an audience.
The answer was an immediate and resounding yes.
That she was helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones' seminal Sticky Fingers album was just the icing on the cake.
"I jumped straight on the bandwagon with this one. I'm a huge Stones fan," she said. "Their music has been the soundtrack to my life."
Adalita is the lead singer of Magic Dirt, who made their mark in the late '90s and early 2000s alt-rock era. She is also a solo artist with two albums to her name - Adalita (2011) and All Day Venus (2013) - and has been working on her third for seven years now.
"Yep, seven years. These things take time," she said, laughing.
Having spent the past year working on the album while doing livestreams, Adalita is looking forward to hitting the road again on tour with Perkins, Jamieson and Rogers. They will perform the Sticky Fingers album in full as well as some of The Stones' greatest hits. Kicking off with Brown Sugar and containing classics like Wild Horses and Dead Flowers, Sticky Fingers helped define what was a turbulent time in music, politics and the free-love generation.
For Perkins, though, the album's appeal is more personal.
"I was 15 when I started listening to Sticky Fingers. I mean, really listening, like you're supposed to," he said.
"For me, it's close to a perfect album. Every track stands up by itself; every lick, beat and word is exactly where it needs to be. It has a feel of wild abandon followed by a darkness and beauty that is devastating. I'd have to say it is the one album that has informed and inspired my own music the most."
Adalita says she discovered the album "in reverse".
"I think the first album I bought of theirs was on a cassette, and it was Tattoo You. From there I discovered a lot of their earlier stuff," she said. "I have always loved Mick Jagger, he is such a great frontman."
Adalita the frontwoman is more complex. There's no dancing or strutting, for starters.
"I have many different moods on stage," she explained. "When I'm in a funk I can't shake it. Offstage and onstage I am the same person."
I watched Adalita at her intense best with Magic Dirt at Homebake in Sydney back in 1996. Whipping her dark hair into a frenzy as she played that guitar like there was no tomorrow, every eye in the arena was on her.
"You might have caught me on a bad day," she said, laughing.
"It happens with a lot of artists; we get self-conscious on stage so sometimes we go into a little shell and it's hard to come out. It's so nerve-racking being up there, no matter how many times you do it."
When a dark mood does hit, she channels it into the performance.
"You get in a zone and people really get off on it. I love all the different shades of emotions when I'm up there."
The Sticky Fingers tour stops off at Newcastle Civic Theatre on July 27. Tickets are on sale now.
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