Rod Stewart at The RDS Dublin – Review & Photos

rod-stewart-rds-dublin-33Rod Stewart played The RDS Dublin last night, June 29th.

What a beautiful day for a stadium show we had yesterday! The warm weather and blue sky made the whole area around The RDS feel like a big city-festival. Thousands of hats and T-shirts with “I ♥ Rod” and tons of beer were sold hours before Rod Stewart stepped onto the stage.

The stadium slowly filled as Moya, Rod’s guest, finished her set. Probably because not many people knew Moya, or maybe because they just wanted to see Rod Stewart, the British singer-songwriter didn’t make the strongest impression on the Irish audience. The only notable reactions were when she talked about Rod. If you want to find out more about her, check out her Facebook page. Moya supported Rod Stewart on all the shows in his European Tour.

Anticipation built as Rod’s appearance was getting closer. Around 8 PM, band members started appearing on stage and the giant screens at the back and side of the stage lit up. In the centre of the giant stage a white microphone stand was waiting for the star of the night. Soon after the music began, Rod joined his band in a wave of excitement that came from the full stadium and opened his set with “This Old Heart”. “You Wear It Well”, the 1972 hit from the album “Never A Dull Moment” followed and the crowd was already singing along. A few more hits such as “Tonight’s The Night”, “Twistin’ the Night Away”, or “Can’t Stop Me Now” went by, adding to the already high energy level in the crowd (and on the stage), as the sun was setting.

By the seventh song, “The Killing Of Georgie”, Rod told his Irish fans “It’s gonna be a good night! I’m feeling it.”.

The following tune had the band wearing leopard-print outfits, to match the leopard-print drums for a percussion filled version of  “Forever Young”. Like a true rockstar, Rod was already wearing his third outfit: a green suit and bright yellow tie and matching socks. A bride and groom emerged from the crowd at one point, stealing the spotlight for a couple of minutes. The newly married couple left with a nice souvenir from their stadium party: Rod Stewart’s aforementioned yellow tie.

“Have I Told You Lately”, Van Morrison’s 1989 tune, got the whole stadium singing along again, as couples were taking the opportunity to dance to Rod Stewart’s live version of the song.

As well as the classics, Rod Stewart threw some of his brand new songs into the setlist. “Brighton Beach”, one of the tracks off his 2013 “Time” album, was one of them. Even though few people knew the words, the new songs were enjoyed as much as the classic hits.

The women in the band had a special moment having the stage to themselves for “Soul Girl”. Of course Rod used the short break to change into his fourth outfit of the night for “Reason To Believe”.  The following track “Maggie May” got the whole stadium singing, almost covering Rod Stewart’s voice.

“Baby Jane” brought another surprise for the fans as Rob, wearing his famous Celtic scarf, started shooting hand-signed footballs from the stage throughout the entire song. Another classic Rod Stewart hit, “Sailing” got everyone singing along once more, as images from the original video were projected onto the screens.

The final song of the night was “Do Ya’ Think I’m Sexy”, another chance for Rod to prove that he’s still got it, jumping and lying on the floor with his legs up in the air while wearing his cowboy hat. The women in the audience who were in their teens in ’78, when the song was released, seemed to agree with the title, no doubt about it.

Who would’ve thought that after such a brilliant performance with fantastic reactions from the tens of thousands of fans, Rod Stewart would not return for an encore? A short “Thank you” was all he said at the end of the last song, then he turned around and walked away. A few minutes of “One more tune” were probably not enough to get him back. Literally one more song would have turned this amazing performance into a night to remember for years to come.

Here’s the full setlist:

  1. This Old Heart
  2. You Wear It Well
  3. Tonight’s The Night
  4. Twistin’ the Night Away
  5. Rhythm of My Heart
  6. Can’t Stop Me Now
  7. The Killing of Georgie
  8. Forever Young
  9. The First Cut Is the Deepest
  10. Have I Told You Lately
  11. Brighton Beach
  12. I Don’t Want to Talk About It
  13. She Makes Me Happy
  14. Sweet Little Rock & Roller
  15. Soul Girl
  16. Reason to Believe
  17. Maggie May
  18. You’re In My Heart
  19. Hot Legs
  20. Baby Jane
  21. Sailing
  22. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy

Check out these photos from Rod Stewart’s Dublin concert, taken by Tudor Marian


Lucy Ivan

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