Rod Stewart: Still sexy at 65

by Laura Melvin

Rod Stewart concert tickets seemed to be a popular gift this Mother’s Day as thousands of moms and their sons, daughters, husbands, and partners piled into GM Place Saturday night.  Indeed, a good portion of the audience was awkward teens and uncomfortable hubbies trailing behind their mothers and wives as they pushed their way through the crowds to their seats.  You could spot them a mile away: a woman with her shoulders squared and a teen or husband behind her, holding her hand, with eyes down.  Teens and hubbies may have seemed embarrassed to be there, but once Rod hit the stage they were singing along like the rest of the stadium; everybody knows at least one Rod Stewart song.

Rod Stewart

Rod was sexy in blue satin when he stepped on stage, much to my surprise.  You see, in my head, aging rock stars all resemble Keith Richards: wrinkled and drooping after decades upon decades of drugs, booze and tour bus antics.  But classic rockers like Mick Jagger, Sting, and Rod Stewart give a new face to the aging rock star.  They are the epitome of health, fitness, and style.  They leap around stage for hour and a half sets that would have most 20-something rockers gasping for air.  In addition to a few songs off of his new cover album due in around Christmas, Rod rocked through some of his greatest hits, paying respect to the songs that made him famous, and finishing the show with his 1971 fame-starter “Maggie-May”, my favourite Rod Stewart song.

Like all classic rockers, Rod goes all out for his shows: big screen complete with graphics, full back-up band including an incredible saxophonist, violinist and two drummers, three back-up singers (who were just fabulous by the way), and an all-white stage setup.  Add on three costume changes and you’ve got one amazing show.  But, I have to say that my favourite part of the show was the audience.  If you want to see crazy female fans, you go to a Rod Stewart show.  With more than three-quarters of the crowd being female and over forty, I saw things typical of ecstatic teenage girls.  The woman sitting next to me was just a hoot; when Rod began his song “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”, she literally squealed, clasped her hands together, and sang at the top of her lungs.  Throughout the song, I heard her sigh and stare lovingly at Rod like a schoolgirl stares at the poster on her wall of her favourite boy band.  When Rod kicked his signature soccer balls into the crowd, there was a veritable battle for them.  I saw hair pulling, elbows flying, and women diving over chairs to catch one.  I’ve been to some out of control shows in my day, but I’ve never seen a full out brawl just for a soccer ball!

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