Rod Stewart kicks off a new round in Vegas residency
Most artists who get the opportunity to stage a Las Vegas residency attach catchy titles to their run of shows. For Celine Dion’s initial residency, it was A New Day … while Elton John put the spotlight on his instrument with The Red Piano and, later, The Million Dollar Piano. And when Dion gave a little wink to herself with her second residency Celine, she inspired several of her fellow divas to do the same, including Britney Spears (Piece of Me), Jennifer Lopez (All I Have) and Cher (Classic Cher).
Not to be outdone, a couple of rock bands have gone the “punny” route, with Guns N’ Roses mashing up two of their albums during their Appetite for Democracy residency and Aerosmith going with Deuces Are Wild, which was both a nod to one of their songs as well as this gambling mecca.
But since debuting his residency at Caesars Palace in 2011, Rod Stewart has opted for something simple and succinct: The Hits. While that bland title might make some marketing executives cringe, it’s nonetheless appropriate. After all, that’s precisely what Stewart is known for: writing and performing hit after hit after hit. Sure, each time he takes the stage, the Englishman will mix in a couple of deep cuts from his 31 solo albums, the most recent being 2018’s Blood Red Roses. But when you’ve been behind the mic for 16 singles that cracked the U.S. top 10 (including four that climbed to No. 1)—plus a whopping 31 that reached the top 10 in the U.K. (six of which peaked at the top of the charts)—well, you put together a talented band and you play the dang hits.
Of course, when your catalog is as deep as the Pacific Ocean, and you’re a couple of months shy of your 75th birthday, you can’t possibly squeeze everything into one show. Which is why Stewart—a Grammy Award-winner and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—has once again booked the Colosseum at Caesars, this time for eight dates through early October.
Each of those concerts promises to be unique, as Stewart is known for mixing up his set lists—a wise move, given the fact many of his devoted fans are apt to attend multiple shows. That said, if his past residency performances are any indication, those fans can count on the singer-songwriter to remain consistent in at least three ways:
- He’s going to put on a lengthy, high-energy show that artists half his age would struggle to match.
- He’s going to leave the stage to roam the crowd, microphone in hand.
- And he’s going to encourage that crowd (not that it needs it) to sing along to such classics as “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Forever Young.” And “Maggie May” and “Infatuation.” And “Hot Legs” and “Tonight’s the Night.” And “Have I Told You Lately” and “You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim).” And … well, you know: The Hits.
Caesars Palace, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, 20-21, 24 & 30, Oct. 2 & 4-5, starting at $49 plus tax and fee. 866.320.9763