Over the course of the last decade, the warmed-over corpse that is Rod Stewart has paid tribute (if you wanna call it that) to classics of the American songbook. As a glorified cocktail singer, Stewart has soiled his standing in the rock n roll pantheon beyond even the godawful possibilities his 80s and 90s output led you to expect. Conversely, Nashvilles cover-band-par-excellance, The Long Players, have spent years meticulously paying tribute to their own heroes by playing rocks greatest albums in their entirety. While The LPs exist to celebrate the classic cornerstones of rock n roll, Stewart now exists only to pay his own bills. The Anakin Skywalker of rock singers, Stewart has gone to the greatest of lengths to decimate his legacy as the Otis Redding of blue-eyed soul. But let us not forget his indelible musical contributions, from his work with The Faces to the fantastic albums of his early solo career a career that peaked with the classic Every Picture Tells a Story, an album that showcases a version of Stewart we wish couldve endured. That Rod Stewart you know, the mod is dead now. The Long Players will memorialize his legacy when they recreate the definitive album of his past life.
Sat., March 6, 9 p.m., 2010