In his long career, Rod Stewart has signed countless autographs, but recently he was starstruck enough to ask someone else for one. No, it wasn't some other music legend -- it was the owner of a hobby shop in Peabody, Massachusetts.
NBC's Boston affiliate WHDH-TV reports that when the 68-year-old singer was in Massachusetts for his concert in Beantown, he made a detour to a store called Fine Scale Miniatures in Peabody, just so he could check out a model train set there. You see, Stewart's hobby is model trains -- he's somewhat fanatical about it -- and the owner of the store, George Sellios, has a setup that's legendary in those circles. In fact, it's considered to be one of the most detailed in the world, and Rod had apparently always wanted to see it.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer showed up at the store with his daughter and his entourage, and was so in awe of Sellios' train display that he told him he was going to tear his own setup. "That made me feel kinda good," Sellios told WHDH, adding that he couldn't get over how regular a guy Rod was.
"He was so down to Earth. It's incredible. He was just like a little kid running around here, going from spot to spot. Just so natural," gushed Sellios. "He gave me the biggest hug I ever got. I ended up kissing the guy 'cause I got so excited: He's Rod Stewart, you know?"
Before he left, Stewart asked Sellios for his autograph, and he had to be dragged out of the store, 45 minutes before his concert was going to start. And yes, he gave free tickets to Sellios and his family.
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