Rod Stewart

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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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Rod is getting old, but the ladies still love him
Venue/Date: STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA)
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March 20th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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8.89

Time to remodel Rod

Review: It's high time the rock legend rehabilitated his music unless he wants to wind up in Vegas.
By BEN WENER
The Orange County Register

"Well, you're a critic. What do you think?"

I heard that more than a few times when I spoke with a candid and charming Rod Stewart three weeks before Tuesday night's first of two shows at Staples Center. Every time he asked it struck me more paradoxically than the time before.

Here's a guy rock royalty, if you will who insists "I can't win." For decades critics have been prone to hate him. "So all I do now is find out if the review is good or bad. That's all. I don't want to know about it."

And still he kept asking this relative punk half his age what he thought about his career.

His view: "I don't think any of the haranguing I get has anything to do with my music, only with the lifestyle I've led with 'Blondes Have More Fun' and the shagging and the drinking. Too many things have overshadowed the music.

"I've allowed that to happen. Especially in the late '70s, when I was branded a sex sort of thing, I pretty much went along with it. I started living up to my own publicity."

My view, since he asked: That larger-than-life lothario aspect of his career is just silly fun. "My aim is to judge you on musical merit."

"And nothing else about me colors your view?"

At that moment it sounded like he only wanted reassurance, but now, after surveying his mildly entertaining but cheese-laden Staples set, I realize he might have been baiting me. He knows better.

He knows I couldn't possibly watch him spot the six ladies dancing two rows in front of me then pause his orbit around his circular stage to give 'em a wave and a couple of saucy slaps on his bum and somehow not let that taint my opinion of his performance.

He knows full well the details of the Faustian bargain he made around the time of "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" a contract he seemingly reaffirms with each album. Just when Rod the Rock 'n' Roller was in danger of becoming a has-been, he agreed to permanently let image rule over music.

The upshot: He's remained loved, mainly by women. He even scores a smash single now and then or a monstrously successful standards series. But critics rarely take him seriously
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