Return Of The Rod
by Jay Allen Sanford 03.20.07
"[Rod] Stewart may have began his career as a respected singer, yet that respect eroded as he got older, as he became more concerned with stardom than music." (The All Music Guide)
Rod Stewart's Cox Arena gig on Saturday , March 24 , comes almost exactly 25 years after his 3-23-82 show at the Sports Arena was recorded for a proposed live album. Tracks from that 1982 set would turn up on "Absolutely Live," which included cuts recorded in L.A. and the U.K. "Rod Stewart is full of shit," Ozzy Osbourne told reporter David Gans at the time, in a profane 1982 interview posted at levity.com. "All this crap you read in the paper about glorious fucking leopard skin trousers. What's all that fucking going on.I picked up a fucking paper today about Rod Stewart going on about this and about that and his fucking life."
In 1982, Stewart was performing a set averaging 17 songs - his current tour's setlist as of a few nights ago contains 28 songs, with seven that were played here a quarter century ago including "Gasoline Alley," "Hot Legs," "Young Turks" and "You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)." He has wisely - and thankfully - jettisoned "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" At this writing, ticketsnow.com has a pair of sixth row Cox Arena seats, for $615 per ticket.
"Rod Stewart may well be the most stunning example of wasted talent the pop music world has ever witnessed." (Beat Farmers guitarist Buddy Blue, March 2005)