Southern Man

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Concert Review - Rod Stewart

First Southern Man will brag on our concert seat location:

Yeah, baby: floor seats, section twelve, third row. Close enought that gf abandoned Southern Man a number of times to rush the stage and attempt to lay hands upon Rockin' Rod Stewart. She was absolutely delighted, so I'll never tell her what I paid the ticket pirate broker for the damn things. Don't worry, honey, it was worth it :)

Now, Southern Man was never much of a Rod Stewart fan but (like just about everyone) knows most of his hits. And the Rodster put on a terrific and energetic show, performing a great selection of his big hits, a handful of covers (including a fine if somewhat off-key rendition of CCR's Have You Ever Seen The Rain), and a few of his new tunes. There was plenty of video to go along with the tunes - and, naturally, the video for You're In My Heart featured footage of, not babes, but Rod's favorite football teams (that's "soccer" to my US readers). The RodFather's Celtic pride was apparent; the stage curtain was the Royal Stewart Tartan and Scottish / Celtic iconography were apparent throughout the show. We even had a local Scottish pipe-and-drum corps for entertainment before the main event. Nothing like a little bagpipe music to set the crowd for a rock concert.

Speaking of the crowd, Southern Man will observe that the rock-concert floor is a pale shadow of what it was back in the glory days. The dominant demographic was forty-to-fifty-something - who remained mostly seated - and even the mosh pit just in front of us was filled with folding chairs. On the other hand, Southern Man never dreamed that the groups he listened to as a younger man would still be touring three decades later, either. He saw a bunch of them on the way up; why not catch them on the way down as well? Several are playing the local amusement park this summer...

But all in all, a terrific concert. Southern Man and his gf had a great time and we're looking forward to many more shows in the future.


At Wednesday, April 25, 2007, Anonymous Southernman's GF said...

Woohoo! What a great bf you are, Southernman. You're in my heart, you're in my soul.


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