The Rod Stewart Experience ****
Tropic at Ruislip
Friday 25th July 2014
Fresh from performing at the opening Ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in his home town of Glasgow, legendary rocker, Rod Stewart was back in London, to perform at Tropic at Ruislip.
Having enjoyed one of my best nights out last year at his show at the same venue, there was no chance I was going to miss TRSE’s return.
The Comonwealth Games analagy actually isn’t that far fetched. Rod Stewart is a football fan, the opening ceremony was at Hampden Park and this gig was also at a football venue, Ruislip Social Club, home of Wealdstone FC. Albeit a much smaller ground, but a very nice venue all the same.
Highlights of the night were the big hits ‘I am Sailing’, ‘Do you think I’m Sexy?’, ‘Some Guys have all the luck’ and ‘Maggie May’ I loved the way he got the audience involved in singing along to the songs. Many were dancing away too. In a packed and hot hall for this ‘sold out’ show a real party atmosphere was present and it was a joy to behold and be a part of.
I loved it when he seemlessly seguewayed from ‘Some Guys have all the luck’ to ‘Every Breath you Take’. Beautiful. ‘I don’t want to talk about it’ was another great crowd pleaser and proved to be a wonderful sing-a-long song too that many joined in.
There were some lovely personal touches during the show too as he firstly paused in the first half to sing Happy Birthday to a woman named Carol. During the second half, he acknowledged the birthday of Margaret by dedicating ‘Maggie May’ to her. I’m sure this was greatly appreciated by the two birthday girls.
I have to say his rendition of Happy Birthday sounded a little unusual in his Rod Stewart gravelly voice. I guess that’s the only way he knows to song, but it didn’t quite sound right.
TRSE performed a song from RS’s latest album. Some might give tribute acts a wide berth, but they’d be missing out. As big stars such as RS perform so infequently in the UK, tribute acts have a valid function to fulfill for fans missing out on the real live experience of seeing their favourite singers and bands.
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