PREVIEW: Rod Stewart tribute to play Palace Theatre

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Paul Metcalfe and his band are bringing Some Guys have all the Luck - The Rod Stewart Story, to Mansfield Palace Theatre on Wednesday April 27. Here, he tells the Chad all about it…

What kind of show is it, Paul?

It’s a two-hour show full of music by Rod Stewart, the likely lad who grew up in North London, narrowly avoided becoming a professional footballer and went on to become one of the biggest stars ever. In the first half I tell Rod’s story, then, after the interval, it’s basically a party. We invite the audience to let their hair down and we play all the hits.

Have you been doing it for long?

We’ve been on the road with this show for six months but I’ve been taking off Rod Stewart for twenty years so I must be doing something right! There are five of us in the band and we’re on the road with a lighting, sound and stage crew.

Do you look like Rod?

I do when I’m on stage! I’ve got the feather-cut hair and at least ten outfits, all based on ones that Rod actually wore so it’s all pretty authentic.

Tribute acts seem to be booming. What’s going on?

So many of the great artists are dying (what a year we’ve had) and people still want to hear the music they love and have a great night out. I think it’s going to wind up like it is in classical music. The great composers are long gone but we’re still going to see their work.

Have you toured the world?

We’ve played all over Europe and in the States. We do a fantastic gig in Malaysia regularly – a charity event with a bunch of expat Scots. And we’re doing seventy dates with the show this year. We’ve played every shape and size of venue you could imagine! We played a christmas party at the Millennium Dome at the end of 1999 and we’ve done a gig at the London Aquarium – we were asked to keep the bass as low as possible because “it agitates the sharks!”

• Some Guys have all the Luck is at Mansfield Palace Theatre on Wednesday April 27, at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £18.96 full / £17.94 concessions. Contact the box office on 01623 633133 or book online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre