REVIEW: Stage show puts spotlight on rock legend Rod Stewart
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The life and music of Sir Rod Stewart was showcased in impressive style in Aberdeen's Music Hall as the Some Guys Have All The Luck tour stopped off in the Granite City.
Starring Paul Metcalfe as one of rock music's greatest legends it charted the rise from humble beginnings to superstardom.
The show has featured in London's West End and has the endorsement of Rod Stewart's family with his sister Mary saying Metcalfe's voice and mannerisms are the closest she has seen to her sibling.
The production also features a professional band which powers through Rod Stewart's extensive back catalogue of hits.
The first part of the show chronicled the singer's early life, finding fame and his ascent to one of music's biggest stars.
It told of his time growing up in north London as the youngest of five children and how he embarked on his rock career being discovered by singer Long John Baldry.
It outlined his period with the Jeff Beck Group, when he first met good friend Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones; their move to The Small Faces and then onto his successful solo career.
Metcalfe told the story and it was accompanied by images and videos on a large video screen. The songs that defined Rod Stewart's life during the certain time periods were woven in as it progressed.
Metcalfe's embodiment of the singer was uncanny and has perfected the distinctive raspy voice, mannerisms, stage presence and showmanship.
The second part of the show was more performance focused with the singer and the band playing some of Rod Stewart's biggest hits over the past 60 years.
The show featured all of the recognisable songs from his long career and various periods of reinvention that have seen him outlast many of his peers.
These included Handbags and Gladrags, Sailing, The Killing Of Georgie, You're In My Heart, Hot Legs, Da Ya Think I'm Sexy, Young Turks, Baby Jane, Some Guys Have All The Luck, Rhythm Of My Heart, Motown Song and the song that started it all – Maggie May.
The band that accompanied Metclafe also had their chance to shine throughout the show with them all excelling in various solos throughout the set.
The singer had an excellent camaraderie with the group which added to the production and this was complimented by the video imagery, staging and light show.
As hit after hit continued to be played it was impossible for the audience members to stay in their seats and as it came to a close there was a concert atmosphere.
It was enjoyed so much by the crowd that an encore performance was demanded and there was only one way to end, with the song that was the breakthrough for the rock music icon.
Metcalfe and the band have established themselves as one of the premier Rod Stewart acts and the show was a superb telling of the singer's story and spectacle of his greatest hits.