Rod Stewart struts back into Vegas
The latest six dates in Rod Stewart’s Las Vegas residency are the last time to catch him anywhere in the U.S. for the rest of the year, and possibly through next summer. Stewart already has a tour of the U.K. starting in June, but no stateside dates set up and no 2019 dates scheduled yet for Rod Stewart: The Hits at the Colosseum inside Caesars Palace … yet. The 73-year-old singer injured his right foot while indulging in his favorite sport, so he may be seeing how things heal up before filling out his schedule for the upcoming year.
Other than that, he’s in a good place, and aside from his trademark soccer ball kicked into the audience possibly being affected, there’s no holding back Stewart from the stage. He spent the summer touring with opener Cyndi Lauper to promote his latest album, Blood Red Roses, which was released in September. Stewart performed two songs from the album, “Hole in My Heart” and Irish rebel song “Grace” during his summer Colosseum dates, but for his latest tour dates he’s been including his rendition of blues classic “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” also recorded for the new album, during his latest tour.
Between that and the hard-rocking “Vegas Shuffle,” which sounds like it could have been performed by Stewart and Ron Wood when they were in the Faces, Stewart might somewhat slake the thirst of fans who still wish he’d get back with Jeff Beck and pick up where the two left off in 1969. Both guitarist and singer have proven to be restless souls since the dissolution of the first Jeff Beck Group, with the singer first taking refuge with the hard-partying Faces before embarking on a simultaneous solo career that soon surpassed that band’s success.
Rod Stewart: The Hits draws mainly from Stewart’s solo career, with a few covers thrown in that he either made into hits for himself or reveal a primary influence such as Sam Cooke. Buoyed by his 13-piece band, Stewart has the energy of a performer 20 years younger. His raspy voice has aged gracefully, as have songs such as “Some Guys Have All the Luck” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”
The band customarily opens shows with Bar-Kays instrumental “Soul Finger” before Stewart takes the stage. He’s reached deep into his catalog for album cuts such as “The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)” and delivered covers from peers he appreciates for singing style (Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately”), songwriting ability (Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train”) or performance energy (Ike & Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits”). Then there are the soccer balls.
Can Stewart bear to be onstage in Vegas without kicking balls into the crowd? It’s not likely he’ll find that acceptable. Expect Stewart to have discovered some miraculous healing powers before the next Colosseum shows, or perhaps bring one of his young sons with wife Penny Lancaster-Stewart to come out and do the honors.
Caesars Palace, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 & Dec. 1-2, starting at $49 plus tax and fee. 866.320.9763