Thursday was an intense night at the Viña del Mar Festival, but there were no embarrassing situations. There was total control from the audience and great performances beginning with the first artist on stage.
The first show of the fifth night was full of symbolism. It was the first time Rod Stewart had been in the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater and he rocked it with selected hits, the same played when Stewart, in 1989, inaugurated Mega events in Chile after the fall of the military government.
The British 69-year-old sang 21 hits. Among his three costume changes, the throwing of footballs to people and some pauses to rest his voice, he also brought his daughter on stage, Ruby Stewart, with which he sang “Forever young” as a duo. A memorable moment for the most important stage of the country.
“Having a Party”, “Tonight is the Night” and “Some Guys Have all The Luck” started the night, in which crowd favorites songs were “Hot Legs”, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and the ballad “Sailing”, with which he ended his show.
Rod Stewart had asked to not be interrupted, but after half an hour, the hosts appeared to give the Scottish Celtic fan the four awards.
The festival host, Carolina de Moras, had a point when she said –with flawless English- the importance of the awards he was receiving. Something that was present in people’s minds was the participation of Elton John a couple of years back, who left without knowing what the meaning of the seagulls was.