The award-winning rock star, 73, ensured he'd return to the stage in full force as he put on an electric display at the annual event, held at Louisiana's Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday.
“Rarely has a singer had as full and unique a talent as Rod Stewart — a writer who offered profound lyricism and fabulous self-deprecating humor, teller of tall tales and honest heartbreaker, he had an unmatched eye for the tiny details around which lives turn, shatter, and reform — and a voice to make those details indelible. His solo albums were defined by two special qualities: warmth, which was redemptive, and modesty, which was liberating. If ever any rocker chose the role of everyman and lived up to it, it was Rod Stewart.”
It's 109 degrees in Las Vegas as Rod Stewart lands at McCarran Airport in a private jet, three hours before his show at Caesars Palace. After taking off from an airfield near his home in Beverly Hills, Stewart spent the 45-minute flight nibbling tea sandwiches, inhaling steam from a humidifier to preserve his voice and fidgeting in the strangely overheated cabin.
At the age of 68, Rod Stewart has returned to songwriting and created the most personal album of his career. He talks to Neil McCormick.