Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The atmosphere on the tram ride to the Entertainment Centre last night was thick with excitement and anticipation, and Rockin’ Rod Stewart didn’t disappoint.
Playing to a packed out Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Rod performed with the kind of enthusiasm and energy that he’s renowned for. So much so, in fact, that it’s hard to believe he’s just celebrated his 67th birthday, and has been performing for over 40 years.
Audience members were treated to a trip on the Love Train (as the banner painted on the stage curtains called it) as Rod sang all of our favourite hits, including Maggie May, The First Cut is the Deepest, Sailing, Rhythm of my Heart and Tonight’s the Night and we showed our appreciation by singing and dancing in the aisles.
Apart from the spectacular musical performance, Rod also shared photos of his family (all of whom were wearing Celtics jerseys), laughed and joked, and introduced his supporting band with the kind of affection that we’ve come to love Rod for. While he’s the consummate showman (who else can strut around in a magenta silk suit with such style and panache?) he’s also an adoring family man, a devoted football fan, and a lover of great music.
I was trying to list my highlights of the show, but I think the entire performance was a highlight, and the experience of seeing Rod Stewart perform the songs that have been a backdrop to so many of our lives is too great to put in to words.
So in addition to the music (which was, to put it quite bluntly, outstanding) there were so many things that made the whole experience electrifying. I’ve never before witnessed a shoe-change during a concert, but Rod did so seamlessly. And in to pink suede shoes, I might add.
More than just this, Rod also lets his musicians take centre stage, as his back-up singer performed an audience-rocking, seat-shaking rendition of Proud Mary, and each of the musicians has a chance to shine within their own right, right there alongside the man himself. This kind of modesty I think is rare amongst many of the popular musicians of today.
However, my favourite part of the entire performance was Rod’s performance of Do Ya Think I’m Sexy with shots of an early Rolling Stones magazine cover in the background... featuring a young Rod Stewart stating he ‘didn’t want to be singing Do Ya Think I’m Sexy when I’m fifty’. I love that he still doesn’t take himself too seriously.
After the show, I don’t think there was a single person who left the Adelaide Entertainment Centre without a gigantic smile on their face. As concert goers milled out across Port Road to the tram stop, the air was still filled with the infectious laughter and enjoyment that we all felt throughout the concert, energised from the incredible performance of arguably one of the greatest singers of all time.
In fact, my only real regret of the entire show was that I didn’t get one of the many soccer balls he kicked out in to the audience... next time, I hope.
(Review by Katey Bereny)
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