Rod Stewart rocks the Mission

By KERRY HEBBERLEY

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Yeah, Rod Stewart, I still think you're sexy.

From the moment he came on stage last night as darkness fell and the rain thankfully stopped, Rod rocked the Mission - for two hours straight.<inline type="photogallery" id="11353" align="outside" embed="yes" />

As fashion-conscious as ever, the 67-year-old changed outfits three times (you still wear it well, Rod) as the 25,000-strong sell-out crowd sang along to all those wonderful hits - Love Train, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Tonight's The Night, Maggie May, Downtown Train, Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? - we knew them all.

Well-known for his sense of humour, he didn't disappoint, cracking jokes and laughing along with the fans. He often stopped singing so we could have a turn - and in that magical place, it sounded amazing.

"I wish you could hear what I hear,'' he said. It was our pleasure, Rod - all around me I could see happy faces and hands clapping.

Even during his sit-down acoustic set, his legs were doing the wild thing. Hot Legs, indeed.

With a brilliant band, fantastic (and super-sexy) back-up singers, clear front and side screens so everyone had a good view, I'd say the concert-goers got more than their money's worth - although a decent encore, perhaps even a ''goodbye, Napier''  would have satisfied the waiting fans even more.

Ah, well, I daresay Rod was exhausted after all that rocking. I know I was!

* Worth a mention are the two support acts we caught after we arrived at 5pm in steady rain. We didn't get to see Chad Chambers but Hey Miss belted out some great tunes and Peter Urlich did his stadium swing thing rather well.

Kudos to all.

 

 

 

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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