IN this 50th year of his career, Rod Stewart shows no sign of easing off as he is presently engaging on a nationwide tour of the UK and
visited Leeds Arena last Wednesday as one of the venues.
Sir Roderick David Stewart has been a major influence in the British pop scene from the late 60s through to the present day and achieved his
first UK number one single with Maggie May back in 1970. Since then he has achieved a further six songs which reached number one in the charts and nineteen that were in the top ten. Similarly his
album output has been phenomenal with thirty studio albums, four live albums and twenty six compilation albums. He ranks number seventeen in the list of best-selling music artists in the United
Kingdom with over one hundred million records sold.
Following a bagpipes intro, Rod bounded onto the stage and belying his 74 years of age rocked the Arena with Some Guys Have All The Luck
followed by Having a Party. Whilst he might not be able to gyrate his hips as well as he did in the 70s and 80s his vocals on these first two numbers were just as strong as ever. The concert
continued with firstly It Takes Two and then as a memorial to the D-Day Veterans, Rod launched into The Rhythm of My Heart followed by The Killing of Georgie. Three more rock numbers followed – Young
Turks, Tonight’s The Night, and Twisting The Night Away.
As well as the band which included three guitarists, three percussionists, two violinists, cellist and harpist there were also three female
backing singers who joined Rod in most of these numbers.
It was then a much quieter sequence of numbers with Rod, the vocalists, two of the guitarists and the violinists positioned on chairs at the
front of the stage. Over the next half hour they performed a further seven numbers – Downtown Train, Ewan McColl’s Dirty Old Town, The First Cut Is The Deepest, I Don’t Want To Talk About It, You’re
In My Heart, Grace – a lovely Irish Ballad, and finally Have I Told You Lately (That I Love You).
To end the show it was back to the heavier numbers with Baby Jane, Maggie May, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy and finally his number one single from
1975 - Sailing. And then of course the inevitable encore of Stay With Me.
The capacity crowd at Leeds Arena thoroughly enjoyed the show which had all Rods’ major hits and more. My only slight criticism of the show
is that in some of the numbers the band was a little too loud which drowned out some of the vocals. Apart from this, though, it was a thoroughly entertaining evening.
Rod Stewart played Liverpool on the windiest night of the
year Getintothis’ Rick Leach was blown away by a master storyteller.
Sometimes you have to pinch yourself.
Rod Stewart has been around for ages but even at the
age of 74 he shows no sign of slowing down.
He promised us a show at the M&S Bank Arena and on a cold and wet
December night, we got one to remember.
We figured we knew what we’d get in advance; a highly professional band, well-honed backing singers and a run through his large and surprisingly varied
Rod has been doing this so for so long, we
half-anticipated that he’d be dialing it in a touch. After all, at 74 that’s understandable. Rod,
like the rest of us, deserves to put his feet up just a little bit now he’s hit his three score years and ten.
What we didn’t expect was such a vibrant and quite frankly, barnstorming show.
And we use the word show rather than gig, because this is what he gave us; a show. We may have been on the banks of the Mersey but this was something
that could just as easily have fitted it in the desert in Nevada. Las Vegas or Liverpool; it doesn’t matter. Rod is a consummate showman.
The word “show” however, comes with all sorts of cheesy connotations. There’s an implication of style over substance, a lack of sincerity and tired old
Yet there was none of that with Rod
Stewart is someone who clearly loves his music. He’s
been doing it for so long; over half a century. No one does anything for that long if they don’t love it. That’s longer than most people work for.
Most people have hung up there working boots a decade earlier than Rod, but he still keeps going, still with that urge to both entertain and communicate.
Despite the really foul weather (more Reykjavik than Vegas it must be said), everyone was determined to have a good time and Stewart kicked it off big style with a stirring rendition of Some Guys Have All The Luck and followed that up with a cover of the great Sam Cooke’s Having A
“It’s pissing down out there,” he said two songs
in. “But we’re going to give you a show.” And he did.
REVIEW: Veteran showman Rod Stewart showing no signs of slowing down
When musicians profess a love of a certain city during a concert, the sentiment is usually to be taken with a pinch of salt.
But fans of Rod Stewart, who returned to Aberdeen for the second time in five months at the weekend, can take some comfort that the 74-year-old really does seem to have a special
place in his heart for the north-east.
When he last visited, the rocker brought the curtain down on the AECC with a hit-packed show.
Saturday, he took to the stage for a sensational concert at P&J Live, which had fans singing along throughout – and even on the bus home.
Live Report: Rod Stewart, 3Arena,
I was asked on the
wireless recently what live act I'd love to see that I hadn’t already. I mumbled some vague answer about Elvis but I really should have mentioned Sir Roderick David Stewart. The records he made after
his big break with The Jeff Beck group – from 1969’s An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down to 74’s Smiler are masterpieces that combine very good time rock n’ roll with warm readings of songs by everyone from Elton John to Ewan MacColl. Not only that, but he
managed to chip in with The Faces at the same time, the absolute kings of the boozy bonhomie boogie. Many might claim that he went off the boil after he moved to America for a life of champers and a
conveyor belt of leggy blondes, but why the hell would one want to be a rock n’ roll star in the first place if you couldn’t get involved in that kind of messing? And anyway, he was still knocking
out singles like ‘Hot Legs’, and if you can’t take any joy from that, you should check your pulse. Most importantly of all he did everything with a massive grin on his mug. Bowie might have been from
outer space, Jagger may have reeked of dangerous decadence but Rod looked like he was having more sport than anyone else on the planet – read his book if you haven’t already, you’ll laugh yourself in
half - and that is reason enough alone to love him.
excited so, and I wasn’t on my own. The 3Arena was packed with eager, smiling faces, a few Celtic jerseys, scarfs, bits of cheap neon – you get the idea, for a lot of people here the party had
started well before Rod took the stage to a roar and launched into the old Persuaders number ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’. Let us examine the evidence – the set looks like it was transported, bulb
by bulb, from Vegas, I count six – six! – fabulous looking women in outfits that could only be described as “snug” (FYI: I’m quite probably going to refer back to these women a few times, if that
sort of thing troubles you, then I suggest you leave now, this review won’t be for you), the band are all grinning and moving about, and Rod himself looks fantastic. He’s in pinstripes and polka
dots, with some sort of snakeskin shoes on (“Why does one of them have a red light in the heel?” Ms Coyle asks, sat beside me. “In case he needs to make a right turn?” I posit), he’s making faces,
he’s wiggling his arse, and his voice – one of the very greatest in rock n’ roll – is more than up to the job. If you’re still not convinced there’s a Celtic logo on the bass drum and a big wailing
Eighties sax solo. During ‘Having A Party’ the ladies are doing a variation on the can can which certainly succeeds in distracting me from what is hardly the greatest song of all time, but everyone’s
already singing along, so what harm?
friends, we had a sensational night last night, so let’s beat that!” he bellows before ‘It Takes Two’ and then “What a marvellous start to the evening, I did a lot of fucking talking last night, I’m
not doing that tonight, this is for all the servicemen, thank you gentlemen” An accordion leads us into ‘Rhythm Of My Heart’, Rod puts his fist in the air, sticks out his gut and does a walkabout
with the mic stand in his hand, a move he pretty much invented so that the Steven Tylers and Chris Robinsons of the world would have something to do. The women are now marching together, looking like
the kind of pinups you used to see painted on the fuselage of fighter planes, and the song ends with a sample from the Churchill “fight them on the beaches” speech. Again, it’s not Rod’s greatest
song, but they’ve certainly put a few bob into the production.
“One we didn’t do
last night” into ‘It’s A Heartache’, the old Bonnie Tyler chestnut that could have been written with Stewart’s sand paper and honey pipes in mind. Never mind all the screens, this is what we want and
the whole place joins him for the chorus, and what’s better than one fiddle solo? That’s right, two of them. The women in the band are not just eye candy for the hopelessly unreconstructed dinosaurs
amongst us, they’re gifted musicians and singers too. I’m not sure what’s going on in ‘Forever Young’ though. Rod wanders off in the middle to make room for some sort of quasi- Riverdance bollocks,
tap dancing, banjos, a Lambeg drum, and women spinning around like a Bord Failte ad. Things start to make more sense when he returns and starts slapping his own arse like he’s riding an imaginary
horse. Anyway, that's out of their system and we finally get down to the classics. Stewart has always been an underrated song writer and ‘The Killing Of Georgie’ is a diamond, and ballsy
subject matter for a jack the lad back in 1976. It’s delivered in front of Broadway signs and helped along by backing vocals and three sets of shakers, although that glorious coda is cut too
Rod Stewart @3Arena 4/12/19
“I recorded this
with my old mate Ronnie Wood, only two takes but two bottles of wine” The heavily Hammond-ed ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ is a surprise and a delight. Two spotlights pick out Rod and if anyone was worried
about the voice, his singing of the “I was Just, I was Just” section shows them the door. The sax player – he must be getting paid by the note – comes back in after a very fine approximation of
Wood’s guitar style but he fits in well this time. “All right, let’s get rocking!” ‘Young Turks’ has most of us, your correspondent included, up out of our seats, arms in the air, roaring
along, and not just to Rod’s lyrics either, we’re all giving it out to the keyboard riff coming from the man behind the sparkly Johanna too. I didn’t notice but another drummer has turned up and Rod
slips off again so we get a percussion solo which is too long to be ignored but not long enough to sneak out to the jacks and back. Good thing too as I would have missed ‘Tonight’s The Night’
complete with a porn sax solo – Rod is getting his money’s worth out of this lad. ‘You know what they say,” says Ms Coyle, “where there’s brass, there’s…” “Muck?” “Class, Pat.
Rod causes a bit
of concern when he brings up the new album and opens the immortal ‘Maggie May’ with a dodgy orchestral arrangement but once it kicks into proper gear, everyone’s up waving scarfs and miming stealing
their Daddy’s cue and making a living out of playing pool. “You must have heard of Tom Waits, He was happy I recorded this, it put a roof on his house” he says by way of introduction to a great
‘Downtown Train’ complete with footage of Rod’s model railway set up. There’s an instrumental interlude while clothes are changed, and the sax man cometh, again, but at least it’s mercifully
He’s back, in a
spiffing blue, spangly jacket – “wrong colour for a Celtic supporter!” - for an acoustic-y set that kicks off with ‘Dirty Old Town’ and then it’s lump-in-my-throat time for ‘The First Cut Is The
Deepest’ and ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It’ and the gigantic chorus of ‘You’re In My Heart’ - not to mind “the big bosomed lady with the Dutch accent” - was worth leaving the house for on its own.
Singing ‘Grace’ in Dublin is like shooting fish in a barrel with an M16 but Rod takes this song that we’ve all heard at a million closing times and gives it life, his is a voice that could sing you a
terminal diagnosis and you’d still be waving and warbling along. The set finishes with Van Morrison’s ‘Have I Told You Lately’ and there’s something in my eye.
The lads in the
band all get a solo before the women, now in eye-popping leopard skin, go through Donna Summer’s ‘She Works Hard For The Money’ and the world and its Ma uses this as an excuse to visit the
facilities. Rod now has his own leopard skin jacket and spats which bode well for the time we have left, and here we go. I’d love to tell you all the details that followed, about how Rod played the
greatest single of all time – ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” – followed by the second greatest single of all time – ‘Baby Jane’ complete with TOTP graphics and sax solos, and then went into The Faces’ ‘Stay
With Me’ - “With a face like that you’ve got nothing to laugh about” – complete with slide guitar and false stops. Yes, I’d love to tell you all about it, but I spent that time throwing shapes,
shouting, hugging strangers, “singing” and “dancing”. A good half of it was spent faced in the other direction, wiggling my arse like the hero on the stage. I was cutting the rug out in the aisle
until staff “persuaded” me back to my seat and Ms Coyle evil-eyed the two people next to her until they left so she could have more boogie room. Never mind all that end of year lists stuff that
you're supposed to like, this section on its own was the best gig I’ve been at in a long time.
approaching so Rod and gang are back out for a quick go at ‘Sailing’ - although we can’t hear him because the thousands here have taken over and even the ‘Hotel California’ styled guitar solo can’t
ruin it – and then he waves us home. Outside it’s cold, misty, and it's raining, but no one's complaining. Rod Stewart is the greatest. Never A Dull Moment.
Rod Stewart: crotch-waggling imp turns misty-eyed troubadour to lead us to singalong heaven
Review: It’s cheese with everything as pop’s great bluesman serenades Dublin’s 3Arena
The Voice of Rod ranks as among classic pop’s seven wonders. It descends
from on-high at the 3Arena, whisking the audience off to soft rock singalong heaven. This being Rod
Stewart, a little cheekiness and a lot of schmaltz are part of the bargain. But it’s hard to argue with his old-school, cheese-with-everything
True, that thunderclap rasp is
not quite as epic as in his 1970s heyday. Nor does the bleached cockatoo quiff sparkle like it used to. Yet despite Stewart’s pensionable status, age is a long way from withering popular music’s
The hits are ticked off
raffishly by Stewart and his backing vocalists (wrapped in backfoil to ensure we can see them). He belts out You Wear It Well with Cheshire-cat insouciance. And Maggie May sparkles brightly on a cold
Stewart is in many ways the
rock stars other rock stars dream of being when they grow up. Decades before Oasis donned a parka in anger, he helped create the stereotype of the 24-hour party person. There were champagne baths,
supermodel girlfriends, tellies chucked from hotel windows. In his tax exile days he once flew from Los
Angeles to Dublin so that he could watch the Scottish soccer team on the telly.
That old twinkle endures and
not just because of his sparkling jacket. He radiates roguish zing negotiating Sam Cooke’s Having a Party and The Persuaders’ Some Guys Have All The Luck. The latter is a song Stewart obviously
reckons could have been written about him.
But as the decades have flown
past so Stewart has nurtured his introspective side. Though born in London his Scottish roots imbued in him a love of Glasgow Celtic FC.
It was at a Celtic match that
he first encountered the Frank and Seán O’Meara lament Grace, about Grace Gifford, wife of executed 1916 Rising leader Joseph
Plunkett. Her story has had a transformative effect on Stewart, whose voice cracks as he negotiates the ballad (he will drag the O’Mearas up for a boggling
boogie during Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?).
This is during an acoustic
section that elsewhere sees Stewart putting his feet up and variously covering Ewan MacColl’s Dirty Old
Town and Van Morrison’s Have I Told You Lately.
Any pretence at understatement
is dispensed with for the encore. Inevitably, he bashes out Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? – accompanied by a blizzard of balloons – and then Sailing. The juxtaposition reminds us that Stewart, from
crotch-waggling imp to misty-eyed troubadour, is a showman for all seasons. Three-weeks before Christmas, this is a yuletide treat with big shiny bells attached.
Rod Stewart brings night of good craic and old classics to Belfast
A night of brilliant craic, culture and smashing songs!
He's just weeks away from turning 75, but Rod Stewart proved age is just a number as he took to the Belfast stage last
The SSE Arena was warmed up
by support act Johnny Mac and the Faithful with a selection of original celtic-folk songs and a few well known tunes such as Dirty Old Town and Galway Girl which set the pace for the rest of the
night - and give Rod a teaser backstage that a great crowd were in attendance.
A large white curtain covered the entire stage, which started the screams and whistles from the arena, who were patiently waiting for the
main man of the night. Scotland The Brave then bellowed across the stadium to introduce the honorary Scotsman to the stage with his opening song, Some Guys Have All The Luck.
The thrilling set also saw Rod and his VERY impressive backing singers and musicians cover Forever Young, Have I Told You Lately and Maggie
May - which was just superb.
Maggie May would be one of my favourite Rod Stewart songs, and his coverage of it last night made me love it even more. Starting off as an
acoustic version, Rod give a smirk and delved into the fast pace Maggie May that we all love. The crowd were on their feet clapping and dancing at this cover.
A song I didn't know previous to the show was The Killing of Georgie, which follows a young gay man who was murdered by a New Jersey gang.
Rod paid tribute to people of the LGBT+ community that have found comfort in this once very controversial track.
He said: "One man approached me after the track was released and told me that it helped him in his personal life, and that he was in a very
dark place until he heard this song. And that, means the world to me. It's not about the money." To which, he received a standing ovation from the supportive concert goers.
And on top of the perfect vocals - I kept having to remind myself Rod is 74 - the performance and detail that went into the show was just so
impressive and cultured. The women on stage were empowering and really did do everything, from singing to tap dancing to playing the drums, which were covered in Celtic Football Club
It's no secret that Rod is a mega fan and he showed that last night with video footage of the team and tributes to Jinky Johnstone before
singing You're in My Heart - but the biggest Celtic fan of all, little Jay Beatty, was front and centre, with his teddy Hoopy.
Jay and Hoopy danced all night long, cheering and clapping along with Rod - who spotted them from the stage and give a thumbs up to the
I was impressed though, at Rod paying respect to the opposing team Rangers FC and fans in the crowd that support their rivals which went
down well with the whole crowd, which was great to see two sides of Scottish Football join for a night of good, harmless craic.
In the middle of Do You Think I'm Sexy, balloons of all sizes dropped from the ceiling, and the crowd went mad. The laughs and cheers of
young and old was that great that I think we forgot Rod was on stage, we were that distracted by the bouncing props.
Ending a cracking night with Sailing, Rod thanked his fans for a "great Monday night," and I think now it'll be hard to ever top that Monday
night again - Hail Hail Rod!
Rod Stewart celebrates treble with third gig in a week at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro
ROD Stewart celebrated a treble last night with his third gig in a week at the SSE Hydro.
The Celtic-mad rocker beat cancer this year but admitted: “Glasgow, Saturday night? You can’t beat that!”
Rod could be forgiven for putting his feet up after selling 120million albums during an incredible career.
Instead he is on another epic world tour and in front of a ‘home’ crowd the London-born crooner rattled through his huge back catalogue.
He also threw in top-notch covers for good measure, accompanied by the beautiful Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
And when I say beautiful, I mean beautiful - no one can pull together a team of percussionists and backing singers quite like Rod.
On St Andrew’s Day, the honorary Scotsman was piped in to Scotland The Brave then opened with Some Guys Have All the Luck and Sam Cook's Having A Party.
Throughout a thrilling set he also covered Marvin Gaye's It Takes Two, Van Morrison’s Have I Told You Lately, Tom Waits' Downtown Train and Dirty Old Town by The Pogues, with a nod
to Lisbon Lion Jimmy Johnstone who recorded his own version with Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr.
Some Guys Have All the Luck
Having a Party
It Takes Two
Rhythm of My Heart
You Wear It Well
The Killing of Georgie
Tonight’s The Night
Dirty Old Town
The First Cut Is the Deepest
I Don't Want to Talk About It
You're in My Heart
Have I Told You Lately
Go Your Own Way
Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Twisting the night away
He embraced his Irish ancestry during Grace, a love song set against the backdrop of the 1916 Easter Rising.
And he saluted the Glasgow men who fought and died to defeat the Nazis in World War II during Rhythm of
It was Rod’s megahits - particularly Maggie May, I Don’t Want to Talk About It and Sailing - that got the biggest cheers from his Tartan Army (it looked like a Bay City Rollers gig
But my own favourite was You’re In My Heart as I got to enjoy it live with my wife Rachel 14 years after it was our wedding song.
Aged 74, Rod still has the songs, the moves the costume changes and the patter - “I’m sweating my bollocks off up here”.
That’s why you’re still in our hearts, Rod.
FIRST NIGHT | POP
Rod Stewart review — his voice is no longer a weapon of force
SSE Hydro, Glasgow
November 27 2019, 5:00pm, The Times
Rod Stewart rarely seemed interested
in feeling the sorrow of what he was singing
ROBERTO RICCIUTI/GETTY IMAGES
Once more into the bleach, once more reaching into his repertoire of knee-tremblers and note-benders, Rod Stewart began his three-night stint in Glasgow with the proof of one of pop music’s golden
rules: no song was ever improved by him covering it.
His opening take on the Persuaders’ Some
Guys Have All the Luck, followed by Sam Cooke’s Having a Party, and Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston’s It Takes Two were lukewarm karaoke cheese. They also established a significant problem — Stewart’s
voice is no longer a weapon of sufficient force to outgun the massed firepower of his dozen-strong backing band. For much of the first half he seemed a passenger at his own concert.
That changed with Maggie May. Its charm
lies in combining the wistful and the raucous. A new orchestral arrangement showcased the former, Stewart singing the first verse with autumnal restraint before the drums kicked in for the dancehall
singalong the crowd craved.
The 1976 single Tonight’s the Night, for
all its seductive insouciance, felt uncomfortably dated. Mindful of contemporary sexual politics, would he elide the icky couplet: “Don’t say a word, my virgin child/ Just let your inhibitions run
wild”? Nope, the line remained. No one pays much attention to the lyrics of Rod Stewart songs, perhaps not even Rod Stewart. He should.
Far better was a six-song acoustic
section that revealed his voice in its gruff beauty. The difficulty here was of a different sort; Stewart rarely seemed interested in feeling the sorrow of what he was singing. The First Cut is the
Deepest, although gorgeous, was sung by a man with a broad grin on his face. Stewart is a commitment-phobe, reluctant to give himself over to the emotions of his songbook. The exception was Grace.
One could ponder the irony of a song inspired by Irish republicanism being sung by a man sitting on a chair with “Sir Rod” written across it, but hey. Genuinely moving, delivered with clarity and
control, it was the highlight of an evening that, much like Stewart’s hair, was rather up and down.
- Scottish Daily Mail
- 28 Nov 2019
- By Alan Chadwick
ROD STEWART, SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Rod Stewart hails from London but Glasgow feels very much like a home gig for the multi-award winning singer. His grand entrance is set to
bagpipes, his drumkits display the Glasgow Celtic badge and the audience is packed with tartan scarfs and flags donning the colours of his beloved football team.
The production is huge and the massive screens ensure that nobody in the vast arena misses a thing. The backdrop changes for each song and
there's superb video content displayed on the screens giving a nod to his Vegas residency and paying tribute to the anniversary of the D-Day Landings.
Stewart beams his way through hit after hit- clearly having a ball onstage. He interacts with the crowd and adds in a dig about other people
that have mimed on that stage and you'll never see him not 'singing from his guts'. And sing from his guts he does as he belts out "Rhythm of My Heart", "You Wear It Well" and "You're In My
There's an acoustic section where Stewart's raspy vocals really have the chance to shine with the likes of "Grace" and "The First Cut Is The
Deepest". He's joined onstage by talented musicians who also double up as his backing dancers.
For almost two hours Rod Stewart holds the crowd in the palm of his hand with infectious sing-a-longs and an impressive amount of energy. This tour perfectly
sums up what has made Rod Stewart an icon for over five decades.
Rod Stewart, 74, takes to the stage in Manchester on first night of his UK tour... after his secret three year battle with prostate cancer was
Rod Stewart, 74, proved he's still a great entertainer when he took to the stage in Manchester for the first night of his UK tour on Saturday.
singer put on a jovial display as he entertained the crowd, looking dapper in a smart jacket with gold embroidery.
musical icon has bounced back from his secret three year battle with prostate cancer and was looking the picture of health during the concert.
Born entertainer: Sir Rod Stewart, 74, proved he's still a great entertainer when he took to the stage in Manchester for the first night of his UK tour on
teamed his jazzy jacket with a cream shirt and a pair of smart trousers, showcasing his signature style.
star played a back catalog of his most famous hits, including Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?, You Wear It Well, You're In My Heart, and of course Maggie May.
Across his five decade long career, the singer has had 26 top ten singles in the UK and 17 top ten albums in the United States.
Rod Stewart review – raucous energy and magical singalongs
The 74-year-old is all smiles as he hurtles through his songbook from his very first album to the classics
Roderick Stewart doesn’t seem to do many things by halves. This month, the singer proudly unveiled his model train set, a 124 ft long epic based on
postwar Manhattan and Chicago that has taken him 23 years to build. He is on his third marriage (to Penny
Lancaster, since 2007), is a father of eight children by five mothers, has made 31 studio albums and sold more than 120m records. Here, he performs for more
than two hours and – while he sits down (on a chair labelled “Sir Rod”) for the acoustic section – seems to have as much energy left for the raucous encore of the Faces’ Stay With Me as he has for
the opening 80s cruise through Some
Guys Have All The Luck.
The crowd are marvelling at the 74-year-old’s fine shape when he reveals he’s not even the oldest Stewart in the building: “My brother Don is in the
audience. He’s 90! Good old Don!” The singer’s face is all smiles and emotion and he’s not always this engaged in singing. That he’s in the mood becomes apparent as he states: “It’s going to be a
good one, this. I can feel it.” And so it proves.
There’s a Celtic instrumental, superb video screens, a version of Fleetwood
Mac’s Go Your Own Way sung by his troupe of female musicians and a sombre dedication to those who lost lives in the D-day landings. His numerous costume
changes rifle through everything from a punk rock boating blazer to garish gold shoes that appear to have been borrowed from the genie in a nearby performance of Aladdin. Some 23 songs hurtle through
his songbook, from his very first album, 1969’s An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down to 2018’s Blood Red Roses.
Review: Rod Stewart at the Manchester Arena
"It’s a pleasure to see an icon remain iconic" - Rod Stewart wowed crowds at Manchester Arena on Saturday night
With a career spanning across five decades, and at the age of 74, it’s fair to be apprehensive about what Rod Stewart can bring to the
He seems a far cry away from his rock band beginnings, especially when you’ve read the recent news about his model railway
It would be easy to feel out of place surrounded by an audience who’ve been with him since the very beginning, but Maggie May is a universal
banger, and amongst a sea of tartan scarves, everyone is simply at Manchester Arena on Saturday night to have a good time.
The lights go down and the screech of bagpipes and drums announces Rod’s imminent arrival, before the curtain raises to reveal a Las
Strolling onto stage, Stewart opens the show with Some Guys Have all the Luck.
We go right into a cover of Sam Cooke’s Having a Party. Though his hips may be stiffer, the vocals are, luckily for us, as strong as