157 days, 5 months and 4 days or 22 weeks and 3 days after his last show in Berlin, Sir Roderick Stewart returned to Germany. Last Friday the singer played the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart and many many people came out that night.
For me it was my third show this year and my last one as well. Other duties doesn't allow me to go and see Rod in the UK this year. What a pity!!!!
The day before the show I had to work on late shift so we decided to drive to Stuttgart the following night.We arrived at our hotel the next morning by 5.30 am after a 4 hours drive. Just around the corner we found a bakery and we enjoyed a very early breakfast. By 8 am our hotel rooms were ready for check in and we spend some hours sleeping, watching TV and drinking some coffees to stay fit for the show.
In the afternoon we left the hotel for a walk into the City of Stuttgart. Not really exciting though so we decided to make our way to the Schleyerhalle very early.We arrived at the venue by 5 pm and went into the Palm Beach Bar for dinner and some drinks.
The nearer the start of the show the more people from near and far entered the bar and we had a very enjoyable pre gig atmosphere. The owner of the bar put on some Rod tunes, well not the usual ones that are played over here, but he started with "Seems Like A Long Time", "Finest Woman" and "Corrina, Corrina" …. Not a bad start into that Rod night really....
At 7 pm we walked over to the entrance and took our seats in front of the stage. As I looked around I noticed the venue was nearly sold out, many well known faces from across the country gathered by the front row.
By 7.29 the opening started. Band came on stage, and many people were missing Lucy Woodward who was replaced by Becca Kotte for the first time this year. Well it was no surprise for me really but I also missed her on stage. And Katja as well– don't have to mention that really :)
Rod came on stage and started that night with "Havin' a Party". Most of the crowd got out of their chairs and started to clap and sing along.Our MAN was in a very good mood from the very beginning. He continued with "Some Guys" and "Love Is" which was the only song from his latest album that night (unfortunately!!) . He continued with "Forever Young", "Rhythm of my Heart" and "Downtown Train" before he requested the people to "have a seat for the acoustic part" of the show.
It started with a wonderful version of "Reason To Believe", and included "Ooh La La", "First Cut" "You're in my Heart" and "I don't wanna talk about it".
After "Can't stop me now" the girls took over the stage and Di Reed sang "River Deep, Mountain High".The last four songs were "Maggie", "Sailing", "Stay with me" and "Sexy". The curtain went down one time and as an encore the band performed "Enjoy Yourself", a song published in 1949 and written by Carl Sigman and Herb Magidson.
By 9.15 the show was all over.... Well in my eyes a good show, not his best one, but a real good one. Especially when you think that this was a German one. The crowd was mostly satiesfied. I talked to some people outside the venue and often heard such expressions like 'brilliant', 'fantastic', 'overwhelming', 'outstanding'.... Well as I already said: It was a good one....
The evening ended in a bunch of 20, 25, maybe 30 Rod Stewart fans, who went back to the Palm Beach for one drink or more and made it a very relaxing after show atmosphere in Stuttgart.
Review By Martin Heidt
Pictures: Martin Heidt
Montage By Tommy Kevitt