“Whatever it is, he’s still got it.” My concert companion said with an ear-to-ear grin after hearing Rod Stewart’s opening song, “Love Train.” The enthusiastic crowd seemed to agree. And if her opinion is any indication—she is the ideal demographic by the way, a Baby Boomer who saw him perform in the ’70s—then we can expect Stewart’s stint to turn into something more.
Stewart took off his tangerine jacket and rolled up his sleeves to sing the next song, “Forever Young.” It’s as if the lyrics have a preservative effect on the 65-year-old with a pregnant wife.
Throughout, an incredibly high-resolution video screen focused on Stewart, while background animated visuals accompanied his set list—a mix of his hits and standards (Cole Porter’s “I Get a Kick Out of You” from his new album, Fly Me to the Moon…The Great American Songbook, Volume V).
After 90 minutes of Stewart singing, waggling his bum and kicking soccer balls into the audience, the English Grammy-winner proved he’s perfect to replace the likes of Cher, Elton John and Bette Midler.