Young Jagger Alexander-Erber is set to rock Strathfield on Sunday. Photo: Marco Del Grande
He was a surprise finalist of Australia’s Got Talent last year, now Jagger the little drummer boy’s music career has moved to the next stage, with his own rock band set to make their public debut in Sydney on Sunday.
Jagger Alexander-Erber (10), with lead guitarist Aaron Dana, (15) and rhythm guitarist Marcus Dana (18) will launch their group Monster with a 25-minute set, mixing original and cover songs – but it won’t be at a smoky pub or a sweaty festival.
I’m hoping the crowd reaction will be enormous
They will play at the more child-friendly setting of the Strathfield Spring Festival from 1pm on Sunday. Club and national scratch champion DJ Samrai will also join them on stage.
Jagger Alexander-Erber with Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts. ? IMG_2092.jpg
Monster are among several musicians appearing at the festival, which marks the first day of spring.
Among them will be Simon Meli, a finalist from The Voice; nine year old guitar prodigy Jeremy Yong (who made the semi-finals of AGT last year) and the Sydney heat for the Telstra Road to Discovery music competition (from which two performers will open for US rock band Bon Jovi during the band’s Australian tour in December).
Jagger says he can’t wait to get on stage with his band on Sunday. ‘‘I’m really excited ... we have been rehearsing many hours a week to get this set perfect. I’m hoping the crowd reaction will be enormous.’’
Jagger is getting used to great reactions to his talent – he met several rock icons on a recent trip to the United States, including the Rolling Stones – where he met Charlie Watts and the legend he was named after, Mick Jagger.
He also met members of Kiss, Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, Tommy Lee from Motley Crue, Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and visited Sound City studios, where Nirvana, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fleetwood Mac recorded.
While in the US Jagger also drummed for onlookers during the making of promotional videos at several iconic spots in Los Angeles, including Venice Beach and outside Barney’s Beanery, patronised by the likes of Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison.
Even before Monster has made a record, Jagger has become hot property as a poster-boy for rock and roll – equipment, that is.
Jagger has been signed to lucrative deals to endorse Monster headphones (and appears on a poster for the brand which is expected to appear in China) and DW Drum kits.
He also has his own Facebook page, with 48,613 likes, and his own YouTube channel.