A fun time in Oberhausen 27/01/2018

 

By Elizabeth Klaes

 

 

Got up bright and early to catch the first of my trains to Oberhausen. Train was quite quiet in the beginning, but when booking I didn't realise it was a match day in Cologne so the nearer I got there the fuller the train became. Plus it's Mardi gras time so train was also full of hen parties ect. I was by myself listening to the melody of Loch Lomond being sung by the cologne fans. It's their football hymme, with their own words but our melody. I was panicking as I only had 7 minutes to get my connection in Cologne so I was afraid of missing it. Thank god the stadium is 2 stops before the main staion so managed to get off pretty quick. Made my train by 1 minute puffing and panting. I had arranged to meet my gay friend in Oberhausen, he was going to his 1st Rod gig, a virgin. Arrived at hotel which is only a few minutes walk to the venue. Just the way I like it. I hate all the waiting on taxis, buses or long walks at the end of a gig, so perfect. My friend was wearing a kilt and decided he would show the guy doing the search that he had nothing to hide. He was told to step aside as they were not letting him in if he didn't behave. After claiming I was his wife he got in. I get to the barrier and the usual taking pics with the RSFC flag ect. I decided to put the flag on the barrier, but after a couple of minutes I was told to take it off as it might get in the way if people had to get pulled over. I did as they asked to keep the peace. I was standing next to Tam Morrison so when Rod came on we both held up our scottish flags. The security told us to sit down as people behind couldn't see. I turned around and everybody was standing. Tam says "Liz it's pick on the scots day" funny how nobody else was asked to sit down. We ignored them anyway as you do. Rod came on and the first surprise of the evening he started with love train. He did mention a few times that this was the first time the band had played together in 3 and half months so might be a bit rusty. Then he did it takes 2 with Bridget and she rocked it. It's easy to see they are family. They had a great time onstage together Brilliant performance. In the meantime Tam and I are getting closer to the barrier, We were not allowed to touch it before. I need my barrier to lean on after a while so the flag went on first and then me. Sorted happy days.Next surprise was handbags and gladrags one of my favourites and it was good to see young turks is back.Biggest suprises of the night was people get ready and that suit. OMG What can I say??? It is something only Rod can get away with and the matching pink metallic shoes with yellow laces and socks.Funny moment when Rod introduced Emerson, as Emerson Swindler. All in all a good show, not one of the best concerts I've been to. The first shows are always a bit rusty till he gets his groove. Tam and I noticed that he pretty much stayed center stage most of the night as he was reading the words off the tele prompter. He did manage to make it down to the right where we were standing a few times. I got a ball thrown towards me and it hit the tips of my finges, but it was too high and the guy behind me caught it. Tam got a ball but he gave it away to some girl he had promised one to. Back at the hotel one of the german girls Issy had brought her guitar so we had a nice finish to the evening singing Rod songs with the crowded hotel bar joining in. A good night was had by all. Now on to Budapest

 

 

A day and night in Budapest 2018

 

By Maureen Davison

 

 

Hi. Well, we arrived in Budapest on Saturday morning to a lovely bright, crisp, sunny day. I left my travel companions, Barb Pickering and Jez,  in the city centre and made my way to the hotel  which was supposedly right near to the arena where our man was going to perform. Low and behold as I emerged from the metro there it was right there between the metro and our hotel.

I settled myself into the hotel and then made my way back into the centre to meet Barb and Jez again and to take in some of the sights. We wandered around the city and the shops and finally settled in a Hungarian restaurant where we tasted the ghoulash and the Hungarian wine. Very nice they were too.

We had arranged to meet  Ian and Alison, who were arriving that evening, in the Ruins, so we headed towards that area and settled ourselves in a nice little bar where the drinks were really cheap.

Needless to say the RSFC flag had to come out for some photos and as per usual it attracted lots of attention. There were a group of Scottish guys who wanted to take photos and were really interested in our antics.

After a few drinks we made our way along the street to the Szympla Hert where we had arranged to meet Ian and Alison. Well, to say I was surprised was an understatement. The Ruins are just what they say they are. Derelict buildings which have been taken over and turned into bars. Inside this particular building there must have been 25-30 bars selling all sorts of beverages….and more. Lol.  It was on 3 floors and every one was packed. Anyway, Ian and Ali arrived and we had a very fun evening.

Sunday dawned with the arrival of Annette Porter and Paolo Vecchi . We spent the day sightseeing, crossed the chain bridge from Pest into Buda and back again and along the River Danube to the shoes. Very  emotional. We then went to meet Tracey White and Arthur King for a drink and Arthur had kindly arranged a river cruise and dinner for that evening. That was really great….although we didn’t get to see much of the sights along  the river. Lol.

After that we went back to the ruins where we had arranged to meet some more of the Rod Gang. Once again the flag came out and was pinned up on the wall and, once again, attracted lots of attention. We recruited a few more members that night.

So, the day of the concert dawned. Liz Klaus and myself missed our early morning call from the rest of the gang who went to the Basilica, so we decided to wander round the shops and along the river.

We stopped for coffee in a bar and were sitting outside when who should walk past us but none other than the one and only Sir Rod Stewart., Needless to say I was tongue tied and all I  could do was tap Liz on the arm and point, whilst trying to get my phone out to take a picture. All I got was the back of him and his trainer Gary. After about 10 mins whilst I was just finishing my sandwich, Liz excitedly told me that he was on his way back again. Camera to the ready, I managed to get him this time. We shouted that we would see him tonight from the front row and he acknowledged us with a small wave of his hand. All our disappointment in not going to the Basilica disappeared in a flash. We had seen the best sight in Budapest that day!.

So, on to the concert. The intro was Soul Finger followed by Having A Party, Young Turks, Some Guys, Tonights the Night and Maggie May. We were on the barrier but it was apparent that the rest of the audience were not really going to participate in the fun.

Rod then did a duet with Bridget to It Takes Two. Bridget was awesome and made the song her own. Thoroughly enjoyable. This was followed by Forever Young,  Rhythm of my Heart and Downtown Train.

We then came to the acoustic bit and the start of the troubles.  Rod asked everyone to sit down and after a bit of persuasion we did. He sang Reason to Believe, First Cut, You’re in my Heart, Talk about It and Have I told you Lately. After this the chairs were removed from the stage and Rod gave us the sign to stand up again. We all rushed back to the barrier ready to enjoy the rest of the show……Oh No!!! The security had other ideas and kept making us sit down. So every time we got up back they came and made us sit down.

Although I didn’t see it happen sometime around this point Alison  was pushed over by one of the Security and apparently was kicked whilst on the ground.  A fracas followed with a bit of arguing and names and security numbers were taken after the show. The behaviour of these “jobsworth” security guys was disgusting. Never before have I seen such unacceptable behaviour.

The last part of the show included Love Is, Proud Mary, People get Ready, Sailing, Stay with Me, Baby Jane and a fabulous rendition of Sexy. Di Reed does have the most perfect  Butt. Lol.

So, curtain down to chorus’ of Enjoy Yourself and the balloons fell from the ceiling. Apart from the incident with Alison, it was a fabulous concert.

All back to the hotel where Arthur and Kevin Crossland had supplied some booze from Tescos and bought some speakers. The bar closed at 11pm but we partied into the night, as only the Rod Pals know how.

At this point I would like to welcome Shaun Connelly into the group, I’m not sure what he expected but I think he far exceeded his expectations. That weekend he gained 2 new Mammas, a new Daddy, several brothers and sisters and even a Nonna….Me!! lol.

Another good thing that happened was that Barb Pickering  caught her first ball after waiting 44 years. So to all of you that don’t have one yet….Don’t give up. There is still time.

A good time was certainly had by all and for some it was on to Milano but for me it was back to wet and cold Blighty. Ciao!! xx

Everybody Needs Passion

By Claire Springfield

 

When tickets went on sale in January for Rod’s 2017 tour, I cleared both my Mastercard and my calendar. I wanted to be at as many shows as possible. I ended up going to four, all of which were spectacular based alone on the sheer joy of being there, but each also had its own special moments that made the show extra-memorable.

 

Tuscaloosa, Alabama July 9 2017.

 

Rod opens the show in what I call his “jungle” jacket. It has black lapels and a safari feel to it. The outfit is combined with a white shirt, white pants, white belt. He opens with “Infatuation” after making his enrance to “Soul Finger.”  I am so riveted when he takes the stage that I spend most of the first song with my hand clasped over my mouth in awe. I have brought a young friend with me, 17 years old. I have taken her to some other concerts, but she has never seen a legend. She watches my reaction to Rod, uncertain –yet – of the fuss.  Rod eases through some hits. He makes it look so effortless, such a professional. Then midway through the show he says, “This is a song I recorded with Ronnie Wood back in 1972, not many people know this song.” He goes on to say, “This was recorded in three takes with three glasses of wine.” He then launches into “I’d Rather Go Blind.”  I love it when he pulls out something from the past like that. We watch him, transfixed. When it’s time for the acoustic set, Rod appears in an electric blue suit with a white shirt decorated in matching blue, swaying flowers. “First Cut is the Deepest,” “Reason to Believe” are a couple of the cuts he beautifully delivers with his band seated with him across the front of the stage. Alabama heat is fierce, and he keeps running a hand through his sweat-soaked hair. Eventually he says there is a mirror he can look at from where he’s sitting, and he can see his hair is really bad. He laughs about it, apologizes, runs his hand through it some more. No one cares. We love him and his hair no matter what. At the end of the show while singing “Hot Legs” he kicks the soccer balls into the audience while making his way back and forth across the stage. I’m always amazed at how casually he does both. After the show is over, and we’re leaving, my young friend says to me, “I love him!”  My hearts skips a beat at this news.

Saratoga Springs, New York. July 22  2017.

I fly from Atlanta to meet a friend in New York City. We drive the next day to Albany, NY which is about 25 miles from Saratoga Springs. She is friends with the band, so we go backstage before the show. I had no idea we’d being doing this so I am trying to keep my excitement in check. As she chats with everyone, we are casually sitting on some road cases in the hallway when who should suddenly appear, Rod himself! He greets everyone, smiles at me. I am mute at this unexpected moment, but I manage to smile back. I note he is wearing the same blue suit he had worn in Alabama. Renee and Liam are with him. He is gone within seconds, presumably to his dressing room. When the show starts, the blue suit is gone, and he opens wearing a gold textured jacket with black lapels, white shirt and black pants, a necklace featuring black beads and a large silver cross. I can see all this detail well because I’m front row….!!....  thanks to my friend. This location causes me to not take as many pictures as I usually would as he keeps looking at me, and I am concerned my photography is distracting or annoying. But maybe not… he comes over to me during “You Wear it Well” and sings a line right to me which I sing right along with him. I’m so happy because it’s my favorite song. I look at my friend afterward and ask, “Did you see that?” She did.  Right after that he goes intos “Forever Young.” The song feels faster than usual to me, and he sings it with extra energy. I wonder if it was because Renee and Liam are backstage, that maybe the lyrics are ringing more vividly in his mind.

The stand out special song at this show is “Rollin’ and Tumblin.” He introduces it talking about Muddy Waters influence on so many performers such as the Rolling Stones and him as well. He’s energetic and fun as he sings it. I can’t help it. I have to make video of that one.  After that, it’s time for “Downtown Train,” such a great one to demonstrate that beautiful and lilting voice of his.  He starts the song on one knee, his eyes closed. Next it’s the acoustic set, and we get a little Faces throwback with “Ooh La La.”  He is smiling the whole way and looking like he’s having the best time. He kicks the soccer balls this time to “Stay With Me.”  Beautiful happy night. I want more.

 

Canandaigua, NY July 29

One week later, and I’m back. When my young friend had told me she was so taken by Rod just as I had been at her age, I know I have to get her to another show. It’s also a good excuse for me to see him again so soon. We fly from Atlanta to White Plains, New York and drive five hours to Canandaigua, New York. It’s a beautiful, sunny day as we traverse the upper end of the state to see Our Rod. As always he opens with “Infatuation,” and though we’re six rows back, the design of the amphitheater makes us feel like we’re much closer. His sartorial offering is the gold jacket once more but paired this time with a black shirt highlighted with a bit of sparkles and those black pants that he wears oh so well. J  For a New York night in August it’s actually quite chilly, and I disappear at one point during the show to buy a Rod jacket to wear over my sundress. Always wanted one and it seems tonight’s the night. J  We get two treats that night, the first one being his cover of “Nothing But a Heartache” to which I exclaim, “I can’t believe he’s doing this.” I try to make video only to discover at the end I did not have the record button fully pressed. But right after he treats us again now with “Love Is.” I’m ready this time, video success. My sweet girl with me is now saying the same words I said moments ago, “I can’t believe he’s going to do this.”  I’m proud she is already so familiar with his songs, the old as well as the new. The acoustic set soon follows, this time he’s wearing a gorgeous silver suit. This man makes anything look good, but his sense of styles always takes my breath away.

Dallas, TX August 11 2017

My last show for this tour. It’s a mix of happy and melancholy. Off we go, another friend and I, to the Dallas concert. She’s never experienced Rod. Of the ones I’ve been to on this round, our seats are not the greatest. We’re only eight or so rows back, but we’re pretty far to the side. We can see Rod clearly though upon his entrance, so it’s all good. He kicks things off once again with “Infatuation” and moves onto other hits. He mentions that he’s been playing so many outside venues and what a joy it is to be at an indoor arena.  A number of fans move up to the front of the stage. Security tries to stop them but eventually give up, so when Rod comes out to do the ballads, he himself tells everyone to go back to their seats, says it’s only fair, tells everyone to sit down. He says these things in such a sweet way, and it’s nice to know he is concerned about everyone’s enjoyment. This part of the show is always so lovely, Rod sitting there, singing to us surrounded by his band. It feels like we’ve gone from a rock show to a little classical interlude. I’ve been to a few of these shows now, so I know what is in store. Well, at least until he begins to tell us he’s going to do a song he hasn’t done in 12 years, that they did it in rehearsal, and that he’s going to look to his bass player for queues on when to sing. That’s when he eases his chair back toward Conrad and tells us he’s going to do “Broken Arrow.”  Broken Arrow! I’m so excited I fumble with my camera getting it in place to record. I want to enjoy it, but I can’t miss the opportunity to have it for future viewing. Not only is it special to hear this song live, but I know some of the lyrics are going to his home. This day, August 11th, is six years since my dad, a WWII veteran, passed away. During the memorial service for my dad, we had played a cover Rod did along with a video montage of my dad’s photos and even printed the lyrics with Rod’s name in the service program.  The date is the main reason I had wanted to be at this particular show, so I’m feeling a little melancholy.  I often think to myself that there’s nothing your dad won’t do for you when you’re his little girl and when Rod sings, “Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow?” I feel a tug at my heart. But Rod’s eloquent rendition of the song overrides any bit of sadness. I feel so moved and knowing this is my last for the tour, I want to get as close as possible. So when he finishes the sit-down set, people being to move back up to the front of the stage again, and I do, too. I am at the right side of the stage when “Hot Legs” begins, and he’s expertly kicking the soccer balls. I want to remember this moment. I turn around, locate him in the background and do a selfie with him.  I think he sees this and actually poses. What a fantastic way to end such a great tour. 

 

Review from CMAC  Rochester New York US

By Dorothy Haddon

 

 

 

 

 Brill stadium roof top but open sides seats tiered up with a lawned area at back. We had excellent seats 5 rows from the front middle block but with it being all tiered up everyone had a good view.  

The concert started about 7.40pm Cindi came on wearing a bright red wig carrying a suitcase, she's a brill entertainer just like our Rod at one point she came right into the audience. She was on about an hour then Rod came on about 9.00pm his first song was ... Infatuation then Some guys , then he was joined by Cindi & they sang This  old heart of mine together. Then tonight's the night, you wear it well, Forever  young, Rhythm of my heart , Young Turks , It's a fools game , love is , Downtown train, First cut ,oh la la , Your in my heart, Have I told you lately, 

Then he kicked the footballs out to the song stay with me !!! & Brian my hubby caught one for me Rod noticed my Celtic top & pointed over then kicked the ball in our direction yippee ⚽️? ... I didn't see anyone else with a Celtic top on not like in England where everyone has them  at his concerts  Then he sang Do you think I'm sexy, Maggie May , then to end he sang Enjoy yourself. Rod & his band were on top form his voice was brill & he was really enjoying himself. It finished about 10.40 pm Brill night fantastic sound lovely atmosphere fantastic place for a concert. The security staff were friendly having a bit joke with us & we had people coming over to congratulate me for getting a ball. It was our first time in America & all my life it's been my dream to see our Rod in America so it was a lovely memory to take home with us.

  

Its always fun at a Rod concert

 

DTE Music Theatre Detroit Michigan

By Maryann Venier 

 

I was so excited to see Rod as it's been 2 years since I last saw him!

 
We arrived around 7pm to a very crowded venue.
 
Cyndy Lauper came out approximately at 730 in a tall black hat and blue hair saying Its Hot as Fuck! ****
 
She gave a great performance !  Singing all of her hits especially with the crowd pleasing Girls want to have Fun!
 
I was surprised and pleased with her version of Skeeter Davis version of Its the end of the world!
 
Rod came on a few minutes after 9pm.
His outfit was a black sequin shirt black pants and a good jacket with green yellow blue tennis shoes with no socks
 
Rod stated it was gonna be a great night and that he'd be singing for two hours or more!
 
Ist song was an impeccable Infatuation!
He was pointing at everyone with the shirts and scarfs.
 
He sang some Guys have all the luck and the jacket came off as it was rather Hot! As Cyndy said!
 
The Girl next to me asked what was the significance of the Celtic soccer Jersey.
I told her and asked if this was her first Rod Stewart concert? And she said Yes! And I told her Well you're In for a treat!!
 
He went in for a break and came out In grey suit white shirt and polka dot socks.
 
Sang Forever young and Ooh La La while tapping his feet in his seat.
 
I've never seen ROD smile so much! He was in a great mood!  He talked about the old days saying he always loved to come to Detroit as it's a party town!
 
Have I told you was touching, although he explained that he was going to sing it to an 82 year old woman, but when he looked for her she was gone! He said she really messed up because she could've had a story to tell her grandkids!
 
He seemed to Enjoy singing Do you think I'm Sexy whilst pretending to take his jacket off and making sexy moves!
 
He kicked out soccer balls for Stay with Me. Sadly I didn't get one mine was taken from Me once again! 
 
He changed a few songs in the set list which one of them he sang was Reason to Believe.
 
Everything seems to go so quickly at a Rod Concert.
 
Rod gave a Stellar performance and gave his All!  ROD was in a great mood and was aiming to please as always!
 
My only regret that it ended too soon!
 
A Rod Stewart concert is Not just a concert it is an Event!
The things that happen at a Rod Concert
 

DTE Music Thetre Detroit Michigan

 
By Mike Pruett
 
For last nights show, Rod left nothing in the dressing room with an energetic and always entertaining 22 song set list (see below).
With spot on vocals and a band second to none Rod had the Detroit crowd of over 15,000 dancing in their seats and singing along like a church choir. At one point Rod spoke to an elderly woman in the front rows and wished her a Happy 82nd birthday and told her to be ready to come on stage later. Much to Rod's surprise, when he asked for her to join him on stage so he could serenade her with Have I Told You Lately as an unforgettable moment for her 82nd birthday, he was informed she had already left, leaving Rod nearly speechless and asking the audience " Who Does That?"
   Once again the fans, young and old, let with a fantastic memory from one of Britain's Rock Legends.


               Set List
1) Soul Finger (Band  only)
2) Infatuation
3) Some Guys Have all The Luck
4) This Old Heart of Mine (Duet w/Cyndi)
5) Tonight's The Night
6) You Wear It Well
7) Forever Young (included band solos)
8) Rhythm of My Heart
9) Young Turks
10) It's A Heart Ache
11) Love Is
12) Downtown Train
13) The First Cut is The Deepest
14) Reason To Believe
15) Ooh LaLa (Faces)
16) You're in my Heart
17) Have I Told You Lately
18) Proud Mary ( Back up Singers)
19) Stay With Me
20) Do You Think I'm Sexy?
     Encore
21) Maggie May

22) Enjoy Yourself

The thoughts of a Rod Stewart fan

 

By Joan Walko

High temperatures, humidity, and thunderstorms took a break on July 25 at the PNC Bank Center in Holmdel, NJ.  However Rod was our lightning and the crowd was his thunder!  He sent the temperature soaring with a hot setlist!!!  He switched the order of some songs and deleted Rollin' and Tumblin'.  Much to my delight he added It's A Heartache.  The black and white soccer ball pattern turned to red and black.....Anticipation!!!

 

The band opened with Soul Finger, and then Sir Rod walked onto the stage!

 

Infatuation.  In fine voice he captivated the audience.  He had us at the first note!

 

Some Guys Have All The Luck.  Rod has all the talent!  My heart melts when he sings "All my friends have a ring on their finger, they have someone".  He can call me collect anytime!

 

This Old Heart of Mine.  He certainly has mine.  Brought Cindy Lauper out to do this with him.  Great choice.  They rocked it!  Cindy's opening set was good, but most of us were there to see our man!  I'm not used to Rod having an opening act.  Cindy was a great choice, but I believe I prefer All Rod, All Night to borrow the name of his 1999 tour.

 

Tonight's The Night.  "The secret is about to unfold, upstairs before the nights too old!!  No secret, great audience participation!

 

You Wear It Well. He wears everything well, from the tip of his hat down to his colorful sneakers!

 

Forever Young.  One of my personal favorites.  It speaks to me.  Beautiful lyrics and only his voice does it true justice.

 

Rhythm Of My Heart.  This has turned into a patriotic anthem.  "Running down the alley I've got my eyes all over you, baby" is another one of those line that grabs me deep in my gut!

 

Young Turks.  Another great classic with a great story to tell.

 

It's A Heartache.  Loved it when Bonnie Tyler recorded it, but love it even more when Rod belts out this ballad.  I'd like to believe he added it to tonight's show just for me!

 

Downtown Train.  He always gives credit to Tom Waits before he starts singing this one.  A beautifully done tune.  Again my heart melts!

 

First Cut Is The Deepest.  Yet again another story in song that some many of us can connect with.

 

Ohh La La.  Loved this when it first appeared on the When We Were The New Boys album.  Loved it even more when I had the privilege of being hand a soccer ball by Rod in Camden, New Jersey!!

 

Reason To Believe.  "Knowing that you lied, straight faced while I cried".  Another line that rips onto my soul.  

 

You're In My Heart.  Classic ballad that the audience takes over!  I can only imagine the emotions that Rod must feel as we all sing our hearts out. It must be an adrenaline rush and humbling at the same time.  He looked truly moved.

 

Have I Told You Lately.  At last a chance to sit down and rest my weary from dancing 63 year old body!!  Not for long though......

 

Proud Mary.  The ladies do an amazing job with this one!  I'm pretty sure Tina Turner would approve!

 

Maggie May.  Again he invites us to sing as the cameras pan the audience.  

 

Stay With Me.  The audience stayed with him through the whole journey of his songs.  Rod did comment on the smaller than usual stage in a joking way. I say it's not the size of the stage, it's how you work it.  He worked it like a pro.  Those down front were close enough to be able to shake his hand!!

 

Encore, Do You Think I'm Sexy.  Yes!!!

 

It was, using another tour name, A Night To Remember.  However for me that goes for all his concerts!!  Rock on Rod!!!

México City Palacio de los Deportes 26-mar-2017

Finally, after almost 26 years we will have Rod at our old, dark and rocker arena instead of the posh Auditorio Nacional where he have played in 2002, 2008 and 2012 - the return to the venue where he played for the first time in México City back in december 1991 was guarantee of good enthusiastic rocker audience.

After getting lost in my own subway system due to heading to the venue from an unusual area of the city we barely made it to our seats on time, just 10 minutes before the gig start.

I have to admit that due to being sick of the same setlist I haven’t paid the usual attention on the fan live videos in the last 2 years, so even when I’m aware that there have been changes on the live versions I wasn’t really aware about all the details. Same goes to the band changes: I knew Becca Kotte and Adrianna Thurber from Las Vegas circuit were doing background vocals and second violin respectively, but I have to admit that I haven’t paid too much attention to Adrianna violin skills or Becca’ vocals... But I certainly knew their dancing skills and I was so looking forward to see Becca dancing, specially during River deep - mountain high.

When I knew it will be at the Palacio de los Deportes arena I tought we will have the curtain and the steps at the edge of the stage and I was surprised when I didn’t saw them: it is the first time ever that the whole live production didn’t come to México, and I was dissapointed by that. Due to the lack of the curtain I knew we might not have the “playing dead” at the end, that was sad.

Red lights on stage and audience lights dimmed down, and the crowd reacted: it was lovely to finally see a good mexican audience for Rod!!! From the initial roar I knew it would be a good gig even if the set list were terrible as usual.

Band came in, Soul Finger, and when Sir Rod Stewart came to the stage his left foot got trapped on the back curtain and he almost felt, but he graciously got rid of the incident. The crowd roared again.

Having a party, This old heart of mine and by Some guys have all the luck Rod already knew he had the audience in his pocket, so he encouraged us to join with the chorus and it was so loud that he asked the band to stop so the audience could have a solo spot.

Love is gave us (for “us” I mean my friends Anuar and Abel Hernández, Luis Bernal and myself) our first “wow” moment, since it was the very first time we will see it live - Rod said that we might not be familiar with it and certainly most of the audience werent, but I lost my voice singing it as loud as I could and they delivered a marvelous version, specially my J'Anna with her fantastic "Adrian Belewsque" solo wich led me to tears and histeria.

Tonight’s the night and finally I got 5 minutes to rest, then It’s a heartache which is another favourite of the mexican audience. Forever young will never be a fail anywere in the world, and the new drum solo caught me by surprise then again because I haven’t been paying attention lately (and have to admit that when I knew about the concert and knowing I haven’t been paying attention I decided that I will not watch anything so the changes could be a surprise for me) and I haven’t noticed the new structure, and didn’t knew Matt’ role on it.

Rhythm of my heart and I was glad that the vocals solo at the end is gone: I never liked that kind of vocals with high notes. And another surprise for me: the flag of the hosting country is not on display at the end anymore, instead it was the United Kingdom flag and the Knighthood.

Then when I was expecting Young turks, Baby Jane caught me by surprise: that song is allways on the second set, and if it was on the first set that mean we will not have Young turks - dissapointing!! The only thing that I like about the latin american set list is that we get both Young Turks and Baby Jane, but this time it looked like no Young turks for us. Bummer!! Still Baby Jane got an amazing response from the audience as usual, and it was even better due to the venue and the no-posh rocker audience.

Now the song I was most looking forward to: Downtown train. Downtown train has always been a personal favourite live (maybe I don’t listen to it so often but I enjoy it live so much, don’t know why) and knowing that it has a new solo by Jimmy it was something that had me very excited. The song went on, slow and intense as usual, great solo by Emerson, and suddenly there it was: The Saxman taking the stage and the whole venue by assault with a long and impressive solo which got me in histerical tears, feeling every change of notes as if they were needles sticking in my skin and all the way into my soul which BTW hasn’t been in good shape lately, but I experienced some sort of catharsis feeling Jimmy’s notes and aparently I feel better now. I guess I’ve never experienced any solo at a Rod concert ever the way I felt this one: when I was having breakfast with Jimmy hours before I told him that he is a legend in México since his solo on Passion back in 1989 when Rod came over for the first time, and Jimmy tought I was talking about Rod. “No Jimmy, YOU are the legend over here, you will see when you play your solo on Downtown train tonight” and he looked surprised for my words. I guess he reminded of my words when he saw the audience response: it was fantastic, pure magic.

Then the first of my two most hated moments came: First cut. Lame as usual, audience loving it as usual. Maybe I felt asleep for a minute, then Rod announced a Faces song and I almost dump in my pants: I stand up and yelled histerical to my mates “OOH LA LA!! DAMN FUCKING OOH LA LA!!!” and yes, for the very first time in latin american soil, there was Ooh la la. Every time Ooh la la comes on my mp3 player while on the street I fantasize of seeing it live, and finally it was happening: miracles exist, oh yeah they do - and the little remainings of my voice were finally lost there.

You’re in my heart, then I don’t wanna talk about it and I was about to leave my seat to have a smoke by the hallway, but there was a lot of people I would disturb to get out of the row so I tried to have 3 minutes of much needed sleep with no success: audience were singing so damn loud.

Thought the torture was over but no, still one more: have I told you lately. Couldn’t find anything more interesting to do during the song than singing it to my mate Abel to his ear in the most romantic attitude I could, while playing with his spiky hair to the delight (or horror?) of the middle aged women seated behind us. Have to admit that we were just talking and having a laugh during the acoustic segment - but not on Ooh la la - during that one we were histerical!!

Finally the damn chairs went off and Can’t stop me now started - and to my surprise I felt it weak. I swear it was more powerful when I saw it as an opener in London 2013, or maybe that time I was excited and by this time I didn’t find it too interesting.

Without announcement Rod left the stage and River deep-mountan high started, and I was delighted by Becca’ dance moves.

Then another surprise on the set list order: Sailing. An audience favourite, but it was strange that it was right after the girls’ song.

Maggie and my J’anna got her biggest (out of several of course, as expected) ovation by the crowd both during her mandolin solo and also when Rod made her sing the usual line.

So now must be balls time, right? And Stay with me started leaving no room at all for Hot legs or Young turks and definitely killing the dream of Rollin’ and tumblin’. He kicked some really large ones, didn’t counted them.

New intro for Sexy and of course the audience went nuts. Balloons, Conrad slap solo, the end, they left the stage. They came back, Enjoy yourself and certainly I was so looking forward to see Julia dancing around the stage on that one!! then they all start walking off the stage while still playing, until only Dave and Chuck were left to hit the final notes and the concert was over.

I enjoyed it a lot: being seated on the upper section for a change was different since there was no pressure to get good video or photos since my camera is crap at a distance, it was different by not feeling the pressure of being Fan Club waving a flag at the front, no pressure of trying to catch Rod’s or Band’s eye, no pressure trying to get a ball; just a concert, that was it: a great rock concert having fun with my mates, yelling “MA MAAAN!!” every time Jimmy got a spot, yelling “SHE IS MY LOOOOVE!!! Every time my J’anna got a spot, dancing and singing my ass out with nothing to lose at a venue which I love, lost among the best audience Rod had since 1991 here in my city.

Final random notes: I missed Katja and Anne A LOT, and I loved the presence of Matt again on stage. Rod was in top form from start to finish, both voice and attitude. I found the percussion accents by Julia very interesting, they certainly enrich the songs. The venue is known by its terrible acoustics, but it sounded far better than I expected at least on my spot (which was right above and slightly to the right from where the photo below was taken from).

Maybe this was the last time I saw Rod playing México: will he still be around other than Las Vegas in 4 or 5 years? Only time will tell.

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