Rod Stewart – The Rodfather rocks Belfast
By Cathy Dean
There arenâ€™t many people his age who can pull off two hours and 27 songs and still walk unassisted away from the encore, but by jove, heâ€™s still got it.
Opening with She Wears It Well, Belfastâ€™s Odyssey Arena was smacked in the face by an unbelievable electricity from someone who clearly will never tire of entertaining, and still holds an audience in the highest regard.
Belfast seems to be somewhere artists will more often than not come to and feel an affinity with for some unknown and probably completely fake reason, and the audience laps it up, but Rod paid a genuine respect to Irish songwriter Ewan MacColl of Dirty Old Town fame â€“ a song which featured on Stewarts first album An Old Raincoat Wonâ€™t Ever Let You Down and a more genuinely respectful moment hasnâ€™t been felt in a long while.
Both fans of the music and fans of the man were satisfied in equal measure, when the life-long dedicated Celtic FC supporter volleyed over a dozen footballs into the crowd, and took an audience down an intimate path with a slideshow of personal snapshots from his life to his rendition of Cat Stevensâ€™ Father and Son â€“ very moving stuff.
All the hits were there, Maggie May, Hot Legs and anyone who still has any doubt about why this old codger is still hanging tough may very well have no soul.