Rocker’s swag­ger per­fectly em­u­lated

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FEATURES -

Some Guys Have All the Luck, a trib­ute to Sir Rod Ste­wart, hit the stage at HM The­atre last night.

But re­ally I was the lucky one to wit­ness such a fan­tas­tic show at the only gig Paul Met­clafe and his amaz­ing band were play­ing in Aberdeen dur­ing their UK tour.

As a jour­nal­ist I al­ways pre­pare for my in­ter­views, re­search­ing who I am about to speak to be­fore I meet them. But yes­ter­day I made the rookie mis­take of think­ing I was go­ing to see a the­atre pro­duc­tion fo­cus­ing on the life and suc­cess of the iconic rocker.

And I was some­what sur­prised when I ar­rived at the the­atre with my mum to see such a buzzing crowd. The ex­cite­ment be­fore the cur­tain rose was to what you’d ex­pect for a West End show.

But it was soon ap­par­ent that, un­be­known to me, Met­clafe is prob­a­bly one of the most re­spected and renowned trib­ute acts in the coun­try at the mo­ment. From the sec­ond he took to the stage he oozed con­fi­dence, swag­ger and charisma that you would ex­pect to see only from Sir Rod him­self.

And when he let rip on his vo­cals you could im­me­di­ately un­der­stand why there was such ex­cite­ment.

Like many peo­ple there last night, I can’t af­ford a trip to Ve­gas to see the real Mc­Coy play but the £25 ticket which let you through the doors of HM The­atre gave the au­di­ence all you would ex­pect to see at Sin City and more.

De­spite Met­calfe re­sem­bling Sir Rod in all as­pects from cos­tume to voice, the show saw him take the au­di­ence through the rocker’s his­tory from birth to the suc­cess he is to­day.

His band too were spec­tac­u­lar. It has been a long time since I have seen ta­lent like that on stage and was ex­cited to hear they are planning other Scot­tish gigs this year in­clud­ing stops at In­ver­ness, Ar­broath, Dundee and Dun­fermline.

And the buzz which could be felt be­fore the cur­tain lifted only in­creased as shortly into the sec­ond act the whole packed out au­di­ence were on their feet singing, sway­ing and danc­ing.

The per­for­mance was by far the best trib­ute act I have ever seen and I had clearly been in­fected by the buzz as I left googling the dates of their next per­for­mance.

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