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Monday
Jul222013

Rod Stewart's Still Loving Vegas: "They Treat Me Like I'm Elvis There"

Mike Coppola/WireImage for New York PostRod Stewart started the latest run of shows in Las Vegas on Saturday -- he'll be performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace through August 4.  And he says now, two years into his residency, he's still loving rocking Sin City as much as ever.

"I mean, they treat me like I'm Elvis there, they really do," Stewart tells ABC News Radio, adding that he loves the fact that he can do his show and then fly right back home to Los Angeles that same evening.  "I'm home in bed by half-past 11," he brags.  "So it's paradise for me." 

Not only that, but the Colosseum itself, he says, is a pleasure to perform in.  "It's a great building, it's great, great," declares Rod.  "There's not a bad seat in the house, sound's great -- I love it there."

So, would he recommend a Vegas residency to all his rock star pals?  Well, not necessarily.  Stewart says that anyone who agrees to do a Vegas show needs to be able to have a real rapport with fans, and speak about their music onstage.

"The thing with Vegas is you're very exposed, and I think you've got to connect with an audience," Rod explains.  "You've got to talk to the audience, tell a story, and anecdote or two.  And if you can't do that, then there's no point in doing it."

He adds, "I think when you've got an intimate crowd together...you want to talk to them and educate them on the history of the songs.  So, that's why I love doing it."

Stewart's two-year residency is technically over in August, since it started in August of 2011, but who knows?  He may extend it, as his pal Elton John has done in the past with his own Vegas residency.  Those fans who can't get to Vegas to see him will be able to catch him on tour all over the U.S. this fall: He's hitting the road with Steve Winwood on a double bill that kicks off October 17 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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