I like Rod Stewart, but I have never been a rabid fan. My wife on the other hand, loves Rod. However she had never seen him in concert. This spring, as a surprise anniversary gift, I told her I was taking her to see Rod Stewart in Las Vegas. That proved to be a bit more difficult than I thought. First of all, Rod was only playing dates in the summer, and my summer was more than full. So when it was announced that Rod was playing more dates in November, I jumped at the chance, and secured a fine pair of seats. We were not disappointed.
The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace is wonderful. It's 4100 seats, of acoustically designed comfort. And since the show was part of a series of dates, the sound was near perfect from the opening note. (Thanks computerized digital sound consoles!) Rod was in good spirits, and though several of the songs were performed in lower keys to keep him from straining his voice, the vocals were strong. The musicians were even stronger. Including background singers, I counted twenty people in Rod's band, and sixteen of them were female, and wow, could they all play. Sax, multiple violins, trumpet, even harp, was played to perfection.
I could have easily gone my entire life without seeing Rod Stewart in concert, but I'm sure glad I didn't. It was a special show.
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