Rod Stewart was at Treasure Island on a beautiful Saturday night and the audience loved the performance. The Treasure Island Amphitheater was packed, the temps were in the 70’s with a slight breeze and Rod Stewart brought a Vegas-like performance to the people in attendance. Most of the crowd stayed until the end – standing, cheering and singing along the entire concert.
Opening for Sir Roderick was The Little River Band. I haven’t heard The Little River Band in years, but they put on a great show. The seats were mostly filled and the sun was setting during their set, providing a lovely scene. Lead singer Wayne Nelson mentioned the band has been playing music for 44 years, which surprised me – until I did the math. The band played all their hits, making for a wonderful, mellow set closing with Lonesome Loser. I wasn’t approved to photograph The Little River Band, so sorry – no photos.
Stewart was scheduled to start at 8:30, but actually started a few minutes early. Rod had several wardrobe changes during the 1 hour 40 minute set, which was filled in with performances by other band members. The other performances were good and may have been used to give Rod a breather. He’s approaching mid-70’s, but for the most part it was not evident during the show.
Stewart wore flashy outfits and donned his trademark spiked hair. He was flirty, chatty and danced and strutted as if he was much younger. As an intro to a Muddy Waters song, he talked about how he had eaten at the Muddy Waters restaurant in Prescott, WI. I would have loved to see him walking into the local restaurant and see the reaction of the other diners. He also paid tribute to the military and the Manchester United Football Club.
The night was filled with his greatest hits, including ‘First Cut Is The Deepest’, ‘Have I Told You Lately’, ‘Do You Think I’m Sexy?’, ‘You Wear it Well’, ‘Tonight’s The Night’, ‘Forever Young’, ‘Every Rhythm of My Heart’, ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’, and ‘Maggie May’, along with others. Hit after hit and all sang magnificently by Stewart. At the end, most people stayed to hear the last notes and judging from the comments from others in attendance on the way out, it was obvious the audience loved the concert and wanted it to go on much longer.