ROD STEWART: Listens to His Critic
Rod Stewart took the advice of a critic during his show last Saturday in Montreal.
Last Tuesday, Richard Burnett wrote an open letter to Stewart in his POP TART blog on The Montreal Gazette website, saying, "You have never sung 'Sailing' in all your years performing in Montreal, a city where you headlined the Montreal Forum more than any other performer in the 20th century. Your December 14th concert at Montreal’s Bell Centre will be my 31st Rod Stewart concert, and I’m bringing my mom Liliane who will be attending her 30th Rod Stewart concert. So, on the eve of your Montreal show, I have just one last request, Mr. Stewart: Will you sing 'Sailing'? Please?”
Stewart not only did the song, but he had Burnett's letter projected onto the large screen onstage.
And Stewart wasn't done. The show also included a rare performance of "The Killing of Georgie (Pts. 1 & 2)," an elegy for a murdered gay friend, which he dedicated to "my friend, Richard Burnett," who is gay.