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Some Guys Have All the Luck: The Rod Stewart Story

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 27th Jul 2018 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye

Some Guys Have All The Luck and in the case of Rod Stewart that’s certainly true.  He admits that he’s been very lucky having achieved tremendous success globally, but he couldn’t have done that without enormous talent. His old mate Elton John (who Rod calls Sharon) says that Rod (Phyllis to him) has one of the best rock and roll voices of all time.  To have a career lasting six decades is testament to his incredible raspy voice, starting as a blues singer and moving effortlessly into rock and roll, soul, pop and even jazz.

Rod Stewart is one of the best selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide, earning him a Diamond Award from the World Music Awards.  He’s had six consecutive number one albums in the UK, an astounding 62 UK hit singles which includes 31 that reached the top ten and 6 of those went to No 1. In the US, Rod has had 16 top ten singles, with four reaching No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1993 Rod won a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, in 1994 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and won a Grammy in 2005 for his album Stardust: The Great American Songbook Volume 111.  He was awarded a CBE in 2007 and finally in 2016 Rod was knighted for services to music and charity.

Not many people know this, but Rod’s 3rd solo album Every Picture Tells a Story went to No 1 in both the UK and US, with the single Maggie May also reaching No 1.  That’s something that had never been achieved before, not even by Elvis nor the Beatles!

Paul Metcalfe IS Rod Stewart in this fantastic theatrical production Some Guys Have All the Luck...The Rod Stewart Story.  From the moment he bursts onto the stage and belts out the opening number, supported by a super 5 piece band, we feel Rod is in the building!  All the vocal nuances, the raspiness, the range, the musical genres have been perfected, as well as his mannerisms, his energetic physicality, his accent and his humour.  Even Rod’s sister Mary Cady says “Paul's voice and mannerisms were the closest I've ever seen to Rod himself”

With over 6 decades of hits, it’s hard to cover everything in a few hours, but Paul gave the audience what they wanted Maggie May, Tonight’s the Night, Sailing, Handbags and Gladrags, You’re in My Heart and the iconic song Rod wrote and recorded as a tribute to his friend The Killing of Georgie Parts 1 and 2.  Two of my personal favourites were included, This Old Heart of Mine and The First Cut is the Deepest, making me reminisce about my first love who’d introduced me to Rod’s music and I’ve been a fan ever since.

The theatre was packed with enduring fans who loved every minute of this fantastic special tribute to one of music’s true superstars.  If you’ve never heard some of Rod’s earlier work, check out the album Handbags and Gladrags on Spotify and I guarantee you’ll be hooked on that incredible voice!

Check out tour dates for this show

Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye




1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 20 days ago
    Thanks, Yvonne. Sounds like a great night out.
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