Talking Music: Paul Metcalfe Discusses Some Guys Have All The Luck
RELIVE Rod Stewart’s incredible journey from street busker to international superstar in Some Guys Have All the Luck at St David’s Hall on Thursday 5 September!
The Scottish singer is one of the most iconic and best-selling artists of all time having sold over 100m records worldwide. Rod achieved a staggering six consecutive UK No.1 albums from 1971-1976 before reclaiming the top spot 37 years later with his critically acclaimed work Time.
Some Guys Have All the Luck features all the huge hits including Handbags & Gladrags, Maggie May, You Wear It Well, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy through to beautiful ballads like Sailing, You’re in My Heart, and Tonight’s The Night. Plus, there’s a sprinkling of fan favourites from his days with The Faces such as Stay with Me and Twistin’ the Night Away.
We had a quick chat with frontman Paul Metcalfe, who replicates Rod Stewart’s every move to the finest detail including his raspy vocals, trademark swivel of the hips and swaggering showmanship!
How did you get into performing as Rod Stewart?
I used to do covers in pubs and clubs many years ago and people used to come up to me and say I sounded like Rod; particularly when I did Maggie May. So I thought I’d try it and I’ve never looked back since. I’ve just got busier and busier!
What is it like impersonating Rod?
I love it. Apart from getting to sing some amazing songs every night, I can also show off onstage and do things I normally wouldn’t do! And seeing the audience smiling and having a good time is brilliant. Sometimes when they’re singing on their own it gives you goose bumps.
What does Rod mean to you?
When I first heard him, it was like a breath of fresh air. It was so different and sounded like no one else. I really admire his ability to stay on top, and also the fact that he keeps slightly reinventing himself.
What is it like touring all over the country?
It’s tiring, but very rewarding. The best bit is that two hours onstage of course, but there’s a lot of travelling and hanging around waiting for things to happen!
Do you have any tour necessities?
I’m rather fond of a drop of red wine and it’s a great way to unwind after the show. I also think it’s r important to have a laugh otherwise I think you’d start going mad!
What kind of challenges do you face when touring this show?
Getting everyone in the same place at the same time can be a challenge. If someone is late it affects everyone else so that can be a problem. You have to be quite strict sometimes.
Hotels are obviously important and so far – touch wood – we haven’t had any major cock-ups. But there would nothing worse than turning up to a hotel after a show and finding there are no rooms for us!
Do you have a favourite song to perform?
I would have to say Maggie May as it’s kind of Rod’s signature tune and it made him a star. Everyone goes crazy when we play that one!
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