Rod Stewart: Still wearing it well ...

21-06-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Rod Stewart in concert.
21-06-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Rod Stewart in concert.
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Rod Stewart: Falkirk Stadium.

They came to party and sing on a gorgeous summer’s night, and Rod Stewart tapped straight into the party spirit for a smashing live gig in the slightly less than rock ‘n’ roll setting of Falkirk Stadium.

They came to party and sing on a gorgeous summer’s night, and Rod Stewart tapped straight into the party spirit for a smashing live gig in the slightly less than rock ‘n’ roll setting of Falkirk Stadium.

The all-seated pitch plan was largely ignored as the 18,000-strong crowd got up and danced and sang word perfect through every single classic hit.

They were singing along to the PA like a giant karaoke session even before the Rodmeister hit the stage - blame the New Orleans support act band which signed off with a hearty rendition of that old chestnut ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ followed by the DJ slapping on Runrig’s ‘ tub-thumping ‘Loch Lomond.’

After that the man himself just had to deliver the hits - and that’s exactly what he did.

Dressed in a white jacket and black trousers - he looked like a pipe cleaner dipped into an inkwell - and backed by a slick band, he delved into the old Stewart songbook and didn’t leave much out.

You could tick them off one at a time - from ‘This Old Heart of Mine’ to ‘Maggie May’ to ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It’ - and sing along the every chorus, every verse.

Only ‘Can’t stop Me Now’ from his last album could be remotely considered a new song, but that wasn’t what brought the fans out. This was a jukebox gig - and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that too.

He also chucked in Bonnie Tyler’s ‘It’s A Heartache’ which had everyone singing like it was 1977 once again, and, in between a couple of outfit changes/breaks and the obligatory drum solo that always outstays its welcome, paid homage to the D-Day veterans with ’Rhythm Of My Heart.’

Must admit I thought his voice was pretty good throughout and his own obvious enjoyment came across which really made the whole evening rather special.

Other than a daft wee bunch of ‘hilarious’ video clips which looked like a Scottish Television trailer for ‘You’ve Been Framed’ - they added nothing to the set and seemed a bit random - the Rodmeister really didn’t put a foot wrong.

I suspect Sunday morning saw an awful lot parents - and a few grandparents - who made up the majority of this crowd wake with no voice and sore feet from dancing on the pitch, and maybe a few hazy memories of waving a Scottish flag or two...

On, and off stage, they all wore it rather well ...