Saturday 23 September 2017

Rod used to wear it well . . . once

John Boland

Alan Yentob was an overly fawning interviewer in the Imagine profile, Rod Stewart: Can't Stop Me Now (BBC One), but there was cherishable early footage of Stewart in his 1960s heyday as a genuinely bluesy singer with Long John Baldry, Jeff Beck and Ronnie Wood.

And Wood was good value as he and Stewart reminisced fondly about the times they'd had. Then came the blondes and the Hollywood lifestyle and the eventual reincarnation of Stewart as listless purveyor of Gershwin, Kern and the other great creators of the great American songbook.

Still, there was a time when he wore it well and that's the Rod who's worth remembering.

Irish Independent

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