Thursday night (April 25), Rod Stewart took the stage at L.A.’s intimate Troubadour club in West Hollywood in front of 300 very lucky hand-selected fans.
The free, invite-only gig was all in part to highlight his first new written material in two decades off Stewart’s forthcoming album, Time, due out on May 7th. Stewart performed a 10-song set of selected new material mixed with cherished classics for his diehard fans, some of which were flown in from around the world just for this special performance, according to Billboard.
Being his first time appearing at the historic Troubadour, the venue that helped kickstart the music careers of Elton John, The Eagles and more, Stewart said opted for the Troub’s cozy club setting over the Staples Center simply because “it’s more fun,” and his audience couldn’t have agreed more.
During his performance, Stewart showcased six brand-new tracks off Time, which received warm responses and cheers from the eager crowd. Throughout the show, Stewart revealed the personal stories that inspired the lyrics, such as in his heartbreaking divorce ballad “It’s Over,” a “subject I know a little something about,” he quipped.
The 68-year-old rocker proved to the audience that he still has all the “sexy” moves and signature raspy vocals as he charged through a 50-minute set with the same energy and enthusiasm as he did years ago.
Update: Watch the complete performance below.
Rod Stewart’s Troubadour Set List (via Billboard)
1. Can’t Stop Me Now
2. Forever Young
3. It’s Over
4. Rhythm of My Heart
5. Finest Woman
6. You Wear It Well
7. She Makes Me Happy
8. Have I Told You Lately
9. Brighton Beach
10. Sexual Religion