His last show-stopping performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival took place over a decade ago.
And Rod Stewart ensured he’d return to the stage in full force as he put on an electric display at the annual event, held at Louisiana’s Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday afternoon.
The award-winning rock star, 73, commanded attention in his bold ensemble, which featured an eccentric monochrome blazer and tight-fitting jeans.
The Motown Song hitmaker teamed his daring number with his signature ruffle shirt – left partly open to bare his chest.
Maintaining his black and white colour theme, Rod delivered his performance with the help of a checkerboard microphone stand.
The star captivated the audience with his powerful persona as he belted a number of his chart-topping tracks, such as Forever Young and Some Guys Have All the Luck.
The festival – which is running from April 27 to May 7 – features an incredibly gifted line-up, including rockband Aerosmith, Lionel Richie and LL Cool J.
Rod’s show-stopping performance comes after he opened up about his womanising past, saying fans used to ‘literally throw themselves’ at him but that he always behaved like a gentleman during a Q&A session at the British Film Institute.
Speaking to The Mirror , the Maggie May rocker – now happily married to model Penny Lancaster, 47 – admitted that although he did tire of the constant female attention in the 60s and 70s during his time in band Faces, he would ‘show off’ with his fans.
He said: ‘Women literally used to throw themselves at us. It really was, ‘Oh not again tonight, Ronnie’ (Wood, his bandmate).
‘It has changed. I can only speak from my perspective, but as a rock and roll singer, I used to show off with the girls.’
The Handbags and Gladrags hitmaker said he always behaved like a gentleman to his numerous conquests when asked about how female fans were treated in the 70s.
‘I would never touch a girl unless she wanted me to,’ he said, ‘things have changed. You could get away with a bit more in those days than you can now and things have changed for the good.’
Asked if if he would give his 19-year-old self any advice, the musical icon said he believed he had done ‘everything right’ and was always very respectful of his audience.
Elaborating further he said there was ‘f*** all’ he would teach his younger self, and that he loved that he had a ‘bit of spunk’ about himself.
Nowadays the youthful rocker is a far cry from his womanising past as he has been married to Penny since 2007, who he began dating in 1999.