The Rod/Cyndi tour kicked off its second night in Tampa at the Amalie Arena! The first of three big shows in a row for the Amalie with Rod’s peers and fellow Brits, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters coming next week! If there were any glitches going on during this second night of the tour you couldn’t tell. It seemed like this show had been on the road for months!
Ms. “So Unusual” Lauper opened her set with an artistic force that shows why she is still around and better than ever. Top hat and colorful suit, she moved around the stage like a pro yet there is a vulnerability to Cyndi that comes out in her songs like “Time after Time”. She told some stories between songs, talked about her hit Broadway show “Kinky Boots”. Her huge 80’s hit “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” has been used as a woman’s anthem and Cyndi made her political point on the big screen with photos of the Million Women March on Washington. Most of the women in the arena were on their feet dancing and singing along to the catchy tune. Her set was an hour long and closed with the hauntingly incredible “True Colors” sending its message to be yourself. That is something Cyndi has done from the beginning and we are so glad she has!
Sir Rod Stewart or Rod the Mod, has been with us since the 1960’s, starting out with The Jeff Beck Group and moving on to The Faces with Ronnie Wood, and having amazing solo success since the 1970’s. Rod has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, has been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has been Knighted, has written some of the greatest rock songs of our time!
Opening with his 80’s hit “Infatuation” it set the tone and you knew this was going to be a great show! A dozen band members and singers, Rod has put together an excellent show both visually and musically. A first-time effort at the Tampa show, Rod and Cyndi did a duet from his “Atlantic Crossing” album, “This Old Heart of Mine”. Rod said Cyndi chose this song for them to perform together. Cyndi, a huge fan of Rod’s since she was a teen and Rod were having a great time doing this song and it showed. Stewart plunged through hit after hit, the audience singing right along with him. Rod, famous for rock and roll fashion, had five costume changes. His able band took over the stage during these interludes and kept things moving.
There was an acoustic set and a chance for Rod and the band to sit down and play hit ballads with great strings including a harp and stand-up bass! It is a great part of the show with Rod getting the audience involved to sing along to such songs as “The First Cut is the Deepest” and “You’re in my Heart”. The hits just keep coming as Rod performs the Etta James classic, “I’d Rather Be Blind”. Rod takes a few shots at himself as well with video and photos of all his tabloid headlines of his marriages and relationships, he clearly has a sense of humor about himself.
“Maggie May” which was originally a “B” side to “Reason to Believe” released from the “Every Picture Tells A Story” album in 1971 and #131 in Rolling Stones Greatest Songs of All Time brings the entire crowd to its feet singing along to every word! Closing out the show is the campy and fun “Do You Think I’m Sexy”, with Rod kicking soccer balls to the audience and a balloon drop on the audience. Nobody wanted it to end, Thank you Sir Rod!
Check out the setlist atwww.setlist.fm/setlist/rod-stewart/2017/amalie-arena-tampa-fl-13e40dfd.html
photos by Vicky Sullivan / Rock the Lens Photography