With Elton John left to begin his retirement trip and Mariah Carey returning next month, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace is going through some modification. However there’s more than one rock-solid headliner program still running efficiently for its abundantly affectionate audience at this place, which was proven on June 15 with the return of Rod Stewart.
The 73-year-old superstar exploded onto the stage in fancy black and gold Friday night after his powerhouse 12-piece band and backups got the crowd going with the Bar-Kays’ cool classic, “Soul Finger.” Stewart squandered no time or scream of adulation, ripping right into ’80s hit “Infatuation” and dashing out some endearingly silly dance moves. Then he thanked everybody for pertaining to his 137th program at the Colosseum, guaranteed he would stick mostly to the hits however alerted he wished to perform 2 tracks from his upcoming 30th studio album “Blood Red Roses,” then demanded everyone keep dancing while he covered Sam Cooke’s “Having a Celebration.” And dance they did.
Those two brand-new tunes aren’t totally brand-new. To begin with was “There’s a Hole in My Heart,” a legally new production all about a bachelor who’s lost his method when he loses his lady. It was positive, emotional and a little doo-wop-ish. Later in the show, when Stewart had donned an electrical red suit for an acoustic set at the front of the stage, he performed the heart-wrenching 1922 rebellion hymn “Grace,” which informs the story of Irish artist Grace Gifford, who married her fiancé Joseph Plunkett hours before he was executed for his management function in the Easter Rising, a failed insurrection in 1916. It appears like that rendition will be on the new album, too.
Stewart’s clearly scratchy, warmly emotive vocals took control of throughout this song and this part of his program, which likewise consisted of the Feline Stevens-penned hit “The Very first cut is the Deepest” and Van Morrison’s “Have I Informed You Recently.” It likewise showcased Stewart’s capability to take widely known and well-worn tunes and genuinely make them his own.
If that wasn’t the musical and emotional high point of the evening, perhaps it was Stewart’s jaunt through the audience throughout “Maggie May” or the soccer-specific version of “Rhythm of My Heart.” Whether crooning, shuffling across the phase or booting soccer balls into the seats, Stewart never lacked energy, and his fans returned the strength. You ought to have seen these folks defending those balls.
Luckily for the Colosseum, Rod the Mod isn’t going anywhere. New dates were simply revealed for November and early December and those tickets are on sale June 22, when he takes the phase again.
” Rod Stewart: The Hits” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. June 22, 29 and 30 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace (3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 866-320-9763) and more info can be discovered at thecolosseum.com.