And still they come!

We’ve had tribute acts to the Eagles, Queen, the Beatles, to the maestros of Motown, to ABBA, to Elton John, to David Bowie and, just last November, to The Rolling Stones – each playing to packed audiences at the Radisson Blu, Doha with all of us revelling in the opportunity to drench ourselves in nostalgia for the original artists.

Their musical contributions are a part of the fabric of our life experience, we revisit the emotions and memories of earlier days glimpsing – and savouring – the excitement of what it must have been like being there to see our icons perform live. Being here now, we are, along with the performers of their songs and music, able to pay tribute to them.

And talking of the performers of their songs and music, on Thursday 27 February will come Garry Pease with his tribute to singer-songwriter Sir Roderick David Stewart CBE (Rod Stewart, and still ‘Rod the Mod’ to some), seller of anywhere between 120 to 250 million records worldwide, depending on the source of the information you read.

Having seen Garry performing as Rod Stewart a few months ago on UK TV (in front of the man himself), along with two others competing as Rod, I was taken aback by Garry’s uncannyily similar vocals and physical resemblance, and it was no surprise when he was voted winner by the adjudicator – Rod Stewart’s sister. It’s clearly not for nothing that Garry has entertained as Rod, performing to acclaim worldwide in prestigious venues and on television.

Singing many of his classics – some of which Rod wrote himself – including Handbags and Gladrags, You Wear It Well, You’re In My Heart, I Don’t Want To Talk About It, and of course Sailing and Maggie May, Garry captures exactly the warmth and modesty of Rod’s character together with his distinctive, rasping voice which, after more than 50 years of performing, is still instantly recognisable despite going down an octave following an operation for throat cancer in 2001. Further health scares did not daunt the thrice married father of eight who this year is touring the US and Australia, giving 37 concerts.

Meanwhile, here, another capacity audience is expected on 27 February for Garry Pease’ Rod Stewart Experience with tickets already on sale for QAR395. As is now customary, tickets include refreshments and the lavish international buffet, popular with aficionados of these exciting, great-value evenings – and rapidly assuming iconic status themselves.

Author: Paul Paterson

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