Rock legend Rod Stewart paid a poignant tribute to sporting icon Muhammad Ali as he kicked off his 2016 UK stadium tour in Norwich Saturday June 7.
Rod sang a stirring rendition of his 1972 hit Angel as giant pictures of boxing great Ali were beamed onto screens behind him at a sell-out Carrow Road.
Rod, who was accompanied at his gig at Norwich City’s stadium by wife Penny Lancaster and daughter Ruby Stewart whose band The Sisterhood supported him on the night, applauded Ali’s image as the crowd cheered.
A crowd of 22,000 packed into Carrow Road to see consummate showman Rod belt out hit after hit including Some Guys Have All The Luck, Forever Young, You Wear It Well, Maggie May, The First Cut Is the Deepest and I Don’t Want to Talk About It together with tracks from his 2015 album Another Country.
Speaking about the concert Rod said: “What an amazing way to start the British leg of the tour! Thank you Norwich for a wonderful, joyous, happy evening!
“I hope you loved it as much as I did.
“Indeed I think some of you may have had a drink or two before the show.”
Rod’s UK Hits Tour now moves onto Plymouth before dates at Southampton, Cardiff, Hull, Kilmarnock, Inverness and Carlisle.
Rod Stewart plays the following stadium dates:
Tues 7 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE, Home Park
Fri 10 SOUTHAMPTON, The Ageas Bowl
Sat 11 CARDIFF, Cardiff City FC
Tues 14 HULL, KC Stadium
Fri 17 KILMARNOCK, Rugby Park
Sat 18 INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE, Caledonian Stadium
Tues 21 CARLISLE, Brunton Park
Limited tickets are still available from www.ticketline.co.uk