Famed crooner Rod Steward has kicked off his new residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Appropriately titled, ‘Rod Stewart: The Hits’ it’s a celebration of nearly 50 years in the music business.
Fans turned out in their droves. One said: “I’ve been a Rod Stewart fan since as long as I can remember.”
Another was marking a special day: “It’s my birthday and the best thing we thought to do to celebrate it is to come to a Rod Stewart concert.”
A third concert goer was there to hear Stewart’s take on 1930s and 1940s pop and jazz classics: “I like his American songbook. I thought that was great where he did the classics. That was great.”
A very different music legend can count 40 years under his gothically styled belt – that is shock rocker Alice Cooper.
His black eye-make-up and theatrical heavy metal shows have been his signature brand since the 1970s.
The entertainer explained: “We’ve kind of developed Alice Cooper into an art of being Alice Cooper, making sure that the audience every night walks away going, ‘That’s the best show I’ve ever seen.’ I mean that’s our goal every night.”
He hit the big time with songs including ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘Schools Out’. Four decades on these crowd pleasers are canonised rock classics.
He continued: “When you have all those songs to go to, the one thing that bands from the sixties have that the younger bands don’t have are the arsenal of songs that you’ve heard on the radio for years and that’s quite an advantage, you know?”
A born again Christian, Cooper’s life has calmed down significantly over the years. His performances however, remain as wild as ever.