When Rod Stewart took to the stage on Thursday, March 2 at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi, the only voice you could hear was the voice of thousands of fans that came out to hear the legend.
The stadium echoed with songs like Forever Young, but the sound that emanated from the audience seemed to drown Stewart’s raspy vocals.
In fact, the scene was reminiscent of a full house at London’s Wembley Stadium where the stadium is known to roar at each goal scoring move during a Premier League game, the only difference here in Abu Dhabi was the 8,500-strong audience was roaring along with Stewart, and they were in tune.
“This is a more intimate session than the concert I did last week at London’s O2 stadium,” Stewart told the audience as he joked and kept the audience entertained with his one liners throughout the night.
The 72-year-old flamboyant singer delivered as promised, his raw energy on stage was infectious and he had the nearly full stadium on their feet, dancing and swaying to his hits for two hours.
Keeping in mind Stewart’s fetish for checkered pants, the entire stage was dressed in black and white checks, including some of the instruments. The backing singers also wore Scottish Tartan skirts to match with theme on stage. The backdrop played various newspaper clippings and videos from Stewart’s past including a clipping of the singer being knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace.
The band – consisted of two drummers, two guitars, a fiddle player, saxophonist, and even a harp player, while the three backing singers were no less talented. Each member of the band proved their class during their respective solos. More info
By Michael Gomes khaleejtimes.com