Rod Stewart: The legend lives on at SECC

They don't call Rod Stewart 'Hot Rod' for nothing. At 65 and after a tight 37-gig schedule, Mr Stewart was well and truly rocking. Opening to a packed SECC in Glasgow, Rod got the party started with The O'Jay's iconic Lovetrain.

The tune coincided harmoniously with his 70s inspired graphics, most notably when the screen was emblazoned with the image of a train.

Rod's comfort and ease on stage was shown in the crowds reaction to him, the buzz of the crowds excitement contrasting with the feeling that they were all watching him perform in his living room.

The set was the epitome of the elegant New York glamour of yesteryear, recalling such greats as Frank, Bill and Dean. Polished white floors and a grand staircase led up to his iconic set of drums branded with the crest of his beloved Celtic.

A Manhattan skyline interchanging with the glitz of a perfect starry evening set the mood for the sing-a-longs. Naturally, Rod's female backing singers and musicians were dressed as if on the catwalk, and raised the temperatures in an already stifling arena.

They wore red fringed dresses and killer heels, and managed to carry off a very polished rendition of Tina Turner's Rollin whilst Rod had a five minute cool down and a purple satin suited and gold booted makeover.

A highly coiffed Rod apologised for the rough sound of his voice due to his challenging tour schedule of late but this was met by resounding cheers from an audience who did not seem to care at all, as his voice was as iconic and recognisable as ever.

The show was a mixture of all his classic songs with some great entertainment, as Rod kicked signed footballs to his fans and interacted with the crowd throughout the show.

When possibly his most famous song, Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?, was performed the crowd went absolutely crazy as Rod removed his suit jacket to reveal a shirt open to the waist underneath.

To perpetuate his sex symbol status the screen behind him showed pictures of him in The Faces during the 1970s, which had many women in the audience screaming.

He also paid tribute to late Celtic manager Tommy Burns during the song You're in my Heart, an image of Burns flashed up on the screen behind Rod as he finished the song.

The life-long Celtic fan also changed the lyrics of the song to "Celtic is in my heart, they're in my soul" throughout the song.

The last few songs had the entire crowd on their feet to bring an end to what can only be described as a stellar show.

During the song Hot Legs comical James Bond style cartoon graphics of legs were emblazoned on the screen behind him, the crowd also sang out loudly for his supposed last song Maggie May.

Not one to disappoint his audience Rod returned to the stage to play Sailing as his encore, which of course had all of the audience singing their hearts out to the classic ballad.

The pièce de résistance was the final song Baby Jane that ended a gig that for many had finished too soon. The applause was deafening. It is obvious that no matter how far Rod travels he is always loved and warmly welcomed back on his home ground.

He also showed his charitable side by announcing that t-shirts for a children's charity, which were designed by his four-year-old son, Alastair, would be sold at the concert with all the profits going the charity.

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