In Conversation with Paul Metcalfe, band frontman and Rod Stewart impersonator
Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Rod Stewart Story is on its way to Wimbledon. This phenomenal show celebrates the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart - from street busker through to international superstar! With that in mind get to know the superstar behind the show, Rod impersonator extraordinaire Paul Metcalfe...
How did you get into performing, particularly as Rod Stewart? What drew you to it?
I used to do covers in pubs and clubs many years ago and people used to come up to me and say I sounded like Rod, particularly when I did Maggie May. So I thought I'd try it and I've never looked back since. I've just got busier and busier.
What is it like impersonating Rod Stewart?
I love it! Apart from getting to sing some amazing songs every night I can also show off on stage and do things I normally wouldn't do! And seeing the audience smiling and having a good time is brilliant. Sometimes when they're singing on their own it gives you goose bumps.
What does Rod mean to you?When I first heard him, it was like a breath of fresh air. It was so different and sounded like no-one else. I really admire his ability to stay on top and also the fact that he keeps slightly re-inventing himself.
What is it like touring all over the country?
It's tiring but very rewarding. The best bit is that 2 hours on stage of course but there's a lot of travelling and hanging around waiting for things to happen!
Do you have any tour necessities?
I'm rather fond of a drop of red wine and it's a great way to unwind after the show. I also think it's really important to have a laugh otherwise I think you'd start going mad!
What kind of challenges do you face when touring this show?
Getting everyone in the same place at the same time can be a challenge. If someone is late it affects everyone else so that can be a problem. You have to be quite strict sometimes.
Hotels are obviously important and so far (touch wood) we haven't had any major cock ups. But there would be nothing worse than turning up to a hotel after a show and finding there are no rooms for us.
Do you have a favourite song to perform?
I would have to say Maggie May as it's kind of Rod's signature tune and it made him a star. Everyone goes crazy when we play that one.
How do you feel about getting to perform in Wimbledon?
I love coming to Wimbledon particularly as it's about 2 miles from my house! I usually know quite a few of the audience and it's a lovely theatre to perform in with a great atmosphere.