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Rod Stewart delights in Dublin

MusicBy Eugene Masterson
Rod Stewart in Dublin laat night
Rod Stewart in Dublin laat night

ROD Stewart last night declared Irish pubs are in the world!

Before introducing his classic tune ‘Baby Jane’, Rod told a sold out audience at the 3Arena that “Dublin has the best looking pubs in the world.

“I’ve seen flower pots outside Dublin pubs and they’re much better than the Scottish ones,“ he told laughing fans.

“We all know you like to have a drink in Dublin!”

The 71-year-old superstar played the second of two sold out shows in the capital last night and his support act was his gorgeous daughter Ruby.

Rarely seen Ruby (29) appeared with her country rock band The Sisterhood. She is Rod’s daughter with swimsuit model Kelly Emburg.

The stunning blonde told the Sunday World afterwards: “I’m living in Nashville now and get to see my Dad from time to time. We both love Ireland.”

Rod kicked off his shows with his track Having A Party and that’s exactly how his adoring fans felt as he belted out hit after hit, including Tonight’s The Night, Forever Young, Handbags And Gladrags, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Maggie and Sailing.

On Friday night he came on stage dressed in a gold jacket, black trousers and shirt, and gold shoes.

A spectacular colourful array of screens was his backdrop, where he was accompanied by three guitarists, a drummer, percussionist, keyboard player, saxophonist, two violinists, a banjo player and three female backing singers.

Rod asked the crowd if anyone had been to his outdoor show in Kilkenny last June, to a chorus of screams of ‘yes’.

There were several nods of appreciation during the show in onscreen tributes to Rod’s beloved Celtic football club, with his backing singers donning tartan skirts for Forever Young.

The London born star, who is now known as Sir Rod, seemed a bit confused though about what country he was in though.

“A lot of people think that the Queen and Prince Charles sit around and think about who they give this type of honour to, but it’s the likes of people like you who decide it, it’s given by your goodselves,” he told the cheering Dublin crowd, as screens showed him kneeling before Prince William while being knighted.

Rod also paid homage to his Scottish father as well as armed forces “fighting for our freedom” before he introduced his song Rhythm Of My Heart.

Hundreds of balloons, little and large, descended from the roof into the audience during his last track If You Think I’m Sexy, sending his devoted fans home happy.