From the time the band started playing the audience rose to their feet and started swaying and applauding even before there was any sign of the man everyone came to see, Rod Stewart. The moment Stewart walked out on stage in The Mark G. Etess Arena in Trump Taj Mahal, Saturday evening, August 23, 2014, wearing a bright yellow sport coat and an orange colored tie, Stewarts legions of fans went wild.
Stewart, at age 69 seems to have gotten better with age. He is one of a small group of lifelong performers who makes it look like what they are doing is a walk in the park. Stewart just kind of sails through a show, flirting and playing with his fans who love him and adore his charm.
Stewart sang and danced his way during the show which was non stop from the opening number, "Infatuation," followed by "Some Guys Have All the Luck," "Having A Party” to classics," You Wear it Well" and "It's A Heartache."
Behind Stewart were large video screens which showcased images alternating between live photos of him performing and the audience dancing. With his band of 13 pieces, (14 including him), half who were women, provided superb musical support always blending and never overpowering the sound of Stewarts singing.
The crooner only veered off the music when a bat, who must have been a Rod Stewart fan as well, circled the stage from time to time, all of which the consummate performer took in stride and made it some comedy relief.
The famous grit-and-raspy gravel voice was right on as always and if you closed your eyes it would be difficult to not believe this was Rod Stewart from his younger days.
Stewart could easily have put together a show filled with artistically undeniable classics, but that is not Stewart. He still puts an immense effort into his show and is always working hard to entertain his audience.
Having listened to eighteen of Rod Stewart's many hits, the audience was still on it's feet applauding and screaming as Stewart left the stage after singing, “Maggie May.” Responding to the audience continual enticement, Stewart returned to finish the concert on a high note with, “Da Ya Think I am Sexy?” which only brought the arena crowd crescendo to an even higher level if that was possible !!!!