Some Guys Have All The Luck – Review
On Saturday night we were lucky enough to be able to attend the Playhouse Whitley Bay to see Some Guys have all the luck and so sent our Guest Blogger Rachel Stray. Read below to hear about what the show had in store.
My dad is big music fan having played in bands all his adult life so I knew he would love a daddy daughter date on Saturday night to watch a show all about the amazing Rod Stewart.
Some Guys Have All The Luck is much more than just a tribute act this is a show that takes the audience on a real journey.
Paul Metcalfe as Rod Stewart completely captures the look, the style, the mannerisms and the voice – whether he’s singing or talking to the audience.
It had been years since I was last at the Playhouse in Whitley Bay but it served as a great venue.
The staff were friendly and attentive and the bar was well-stocked.
I was the designated driver and was pleased to find the car park next door to the Playhouse had plenty of spaces and was free.
The seats are really comfortable (although many members of the audience spent most of the night on their feet dancing) and there was ample leg room too.
Before the show I didn’t know what to expect but I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
The show is the true Rod Stewart Story and it isn’t just a snippet here and there thrown in between songs but actual real and interesting facts of his life with lots of humour thrown in too.
Metcalfe is accompanied by an extremely talented four-piece band who bring the back catalogue of hits alive and the on-stage chemistry really shines through. Throughout the show there’s lots of laughter and gags between the hits.
The stage set up was simple but effective consisting of a central stairway and low platforms for the keyboard, percussionist/wind instruments and drummer. The lighting effects accompanying each song were brilliant and helped to change the atmosphere accordingly whether it be lively rock ‘n’ roll or romantic – they were simply striking.
There is a compilation of photographs, newspaper clippings and gig tickets screened at the back of the stage supporting the story. You are also treated to the various haircuts, outfits and leggy blondes which mark the decades of Rod’s successful career.
The audience are encouraged to join in singing along and dancing.
Metcalfe made a few outfit changes as we progressed through Rod’s story – I think the tartan suit was my favourite.
At the interval we popped downstairs to the bar for a quick drink and to share our thoughts on the first half of the show.
We were both suitably impressed and looked forward to the second half.
The second half of the show is even livelier than the first leg and the hits just continue to flow.
There was a lot of arm swaying and singing and dancing in the aisles and everyone was really enjoying the show.
More popular songs follow with ‘Downtown Train’, ‘You’re In My Heart’ ‘The First Cut is The Deepest’ and ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?’
Rod’s back catalogue has so many fabulous songs that it would be impossible to include them all in this show but there was a fair representation of the most loved ones performed.
The final song was a belter ‘I Am Sailing’ and we were all in fine voice. None of us wanted that to be the end though and chants of “we want more” and “one more song” filled the room.
Metcalfe and his band returned to the stage treating us to a longer performance of ‘Maggie May’ which went down a treat.
My dad was so impressed and had such a good evening he’s keen to take my mam when they come to the Newcastle City Hall in March next year.
We had a great evening and I’d absolutely recommend Some Guys Have All The Luck for Rod Stewart fans – you will not be disappointed.
My dad’s thoughts:
The mannerisms and cheeky stage persona of were uncannily accurate and his voice was great and very Rod-like. The stories were not only funny but interesting too. The band were great capturing the tight and loose grooves of The Faces. The audience lapped it up from start to finish. It was not just a gig but an occasion ending with a much-deserved standing ovation.
Thanks to Rachel for guest blogging for us. If you liked this then see what else to she gets up to at https://rachaelstray.com/