by Christopher Annino
Tuesday, August 12 marked the 150th show of the Rod Stewart Greatest Hits Tour. A packed audience at the Mohegan Sun Arena roared as they witnessed Rod, or as he jokingly insisted to be called Captain Rod Stewart.
The over 60-year-old ran out on stage as if he was 20-years-old again, and gave the audience more than they expected. He began the show singing “Forever Young” following up with “Hot Legs.” He continued to sing about 20 out of his 62 hit singles. Rod Stewart’s stage presence was so powerful that he needed a ten piece band to harness the excitement that he unleashed. His soulful voice commanded the crowd’s attention making it easy to transition from ballad to rock song.
Rod made it an obligation to make a connection to the audience. One generous act – he kicked souvenir soccer balls into the bleachers. For many of the fans that didn’t have seats up close this meant a lot.
The audience was very diverse - and very devoted as many dressed up like Rod. “He is a true gentleman and he puts on a tremendous show,” said Marion Kowzloska who is visiting CT from Poland.
Rod ended the evening with an encore performance with his much beloved song “Maggie May.”