On the weekend The Fianceé© and I went to see Rod Stewart in concert at the new P&J Live Arena here in Aberdeen… Yeah, I know, it’s a terrible name. Fortunately it’s a fantastic venue worthy of the legend himself. We were about ten rows back from the stage, dead centre, so we had great seats.
The only problem was the two women to my left who decided that this concert was the perfect opportunity for them to catch up on their gossip. The girl that was rubbing up against me simply would not stop talking, and in those brief intervals when she wasn’t talking she was checking her Facebook or posting updates. What could you possibly have to say? You are at a Rod Stewart concert and you have presumably paid a lot of money to be sitting next to me, and you don’t even seem to realise he is on the stage performing. For you, you ungrateful cow. And even if for some odd reason you don’t want to be here, those people around you likely do, so if you could just shut the fuck up until Baby Jane finishes, that would be grand.
Suffice to say the guy in front of her turned around and told her to be quiet, and to be fair she zipped it… for about three minutes, before she found the courage to start chatting again. Eventually even her friend got fed up of her and left her on her own, which was all well and good except she then thought she would start talking to me.
There was also a fight that broke out in the row behind us, between two pensioners, for reasons unbeknownst to me. One of the guys was ejected from the arena while the other one stayed in his seat looking smug. While neither of them looked as impressive at their age as Rod does at 74, it’s time for the old rocker to hang up the microphone.
Stewart is an icon – a bona fide legend – and although songs like Tonight’s the Night, Sailing, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?, and (especially) Maggie May, still sound great in a vacuum, and he can still pull it out when he really needs it, the vocals really aren’t there for the most part. A lot of his performance is trading on goodwill and reputation.
It’s fantastic to have seen him again, but I would be happy if he ended his touring days now and lived out the rest of his time quietly, with his family. He has nothing left to prove.