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June 12, 2017

There's no doubt legendary rocker Rod Stewart is wearing incredibly well

Emirates Riverside in Chester Le Street Durham Review By Philip Tallentire

posted by Mike Walton

Rod Stewart is certainly wearing well.

The 72-year-old legend bowled over 20,000 fans with a Tartan-tastic set at the Riverside cricket ground at Chester-le-Street.

Taking the stage at the early time of 8.20pm - and catching a fair portion of the crown unawares into the bargain - Stewart delivered a magnificent 100 minute set packed with classics.

From the first song, Sam Cookeís Having A Party, to the last, a joyous run through of the evergreen Enjoy Yourself (Itís Later Than You Think), the crowd had an absolute blast, dancing on the spot and singing their heads off.

It wasnít a young crowd by any means, but it was certainly enthusiastic. And Stewart was equally upbeat, laughing and joking between songs.

The veteran rocker made several costume changes after starting the night in silver lame jacket, black trousers and glittery silver sneakers. Perhaps his snazziest outfit was a gold coloured suit but the clothes didnít detract from his legendary voice. Itís still utterly unique and, if Rodís lost a little bit of power over the years, heís still able to hit all the right notes.

He was backed by superb band and there was anything up to 12 musicians and singers on the stage, but all eyes were on the star of the show, whose choice of songs was pretty much perfect.

Tonightís The Night, Rhythm Of My Heart, Maggie May, First Cut Is The Deepest, I Donít Want To Talk About, Downtown Train, to name six classics, went down a storm on a lovely evening by the River Wear.

Canít Stop Me Now, a relatively new song which the London-born singer dedicated to his Scottish father, was another highlight, as was Faces favourite Ooh La La.

There were more treats in store as the night drew close with 70s smashes Do Ya Think Iím Sexy and Sailing, plus 80s belter Baby Jane, making for a red hot party atmosphere.

Earlier on, Stewart sang Forever Young and, on the evidence of his latest North-east show, heís showing no signs of growing old gracefully and thatís just fine as far as his loyal supporters are concerned.

Reproduced with thanks to Chris Styles Editor of The Gazette and

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