Rod Stewart Takes Over iHeartRadio Theater With New Tunes & Classic Hits: 'I Truly Love What I Do'

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Rod Stewart performs during iHeartRadio LIVE on Nov. 27, 2018 at Burbank Studios in Burbank, Calif.

How much were fans anticipating Rod Stewart’s iHeartRadio Live performance in Burbank, Calif.? As a stage hand brought Stewart’s microphone stand to the front of the stage on Tuesday evening, that simple action alone elicited audience applause.

At the stroke of 7 p.m. PT, the man himself took center stage for an intimate performance featuring songs from the recently released Blood Red Roses, his 30th studio album, and classic gems from his deep catalog. Also livestreamed on iHeartRadio’s official YouTube channel and broadcast across the company’s AC stations, the show got off to a rollicking start with two numbers from Roses: “Look in Her Eyes” and “Hole in My Heart.”

Rounding out the set with spirited audience sing-alongs to enduring faves “You’re in My Heart,” “Some Guys Have All the Luck” and “Forever Young,” Stewart underscored what he told host and KOST Los Angeles morning personality Ellen K during the show’s Q&A segments: “I truly love what I do.” The pair also talked about what inspires his songwriting (“As you go on in life, you get motivated by the experiences you go through”) and his high-kicking limberness onstage (from playing football [soccer] with his two youngest sons). At one point after performing “Luck,” the fun-loving Stewart picked up a hand dryer onstage to blow out and refresh his trademark locks.

The ever-dapper Stewart -- sporting a black shirt and black slacks accented by a dashing gold Dolce & Gabbana blazer -- changed into an abstract black-and-white patterned blazer as he treated fans inside the theater to a few more songs following the live stream/broadcast. That set list included “Maggie May,” the searing heartbreak ballad “Grace” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” Stewart and crew closed with Chuck Berry's hard-charging “Sweet Little Rock & Roller.”

Stewart is currently wrapping up his latest residency engagement at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (Nov. 21-Dec. 2).