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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 1:16 am | Updated: 6:56 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Back in 1979 -- back when he was a 34-year-old bleached-blond sex symbol -- Rod Stewart asked fans, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”

Judging by the hysteria and cries of “I love you, Rod!” at the singer’s concert-in-the-round at Arena on Tuesday night (more photos), plenty of Stewart’s female fans still think he is.

“Oh. yeah – he’s phenomenal,” said Marie Trogano, 59, of Desert Hills, when asked if she thought Stewart was still sexy. “I tell you, he can still move!”

At 62, Stewart still possesses the bleached, cropped and chopped haircut he’s sported since his days fronting underrated British rockers The Faces in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. From the first tune Tuesday, after a red-and-black-plaid curtain surrounding the circle-shaped stage rose, Stewart proved both his raspy voice and magnetic stage presence haven’t diminished over the years as he and his band ripped into his 1982 hit “Tonight I’m Yours (Don’t Hurt Me).”

With more than four decades of songs to choose from, Stewart, who has re-invented himself several times as a musician, played the most popular tunes from every facet of his career, from his folk rock period in the early ‘70s (“You Wear it Well,” “Reason to Believe” and “Every Picture Tells a Story”) to his singer/songwriter phase in the mid-‘70s (“Tonight’s the Night [Gonna Be Alright]” and “You’re in My Heart”) to rock hitmaker in the ‘80s (“Infatuation,” “Young Turks,” and “Forever Young”) to crooner of contemporary pop standards (“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” and “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”) in the 2000s.

In addition to his own songs, Stewart covered two Cat Stevens songs -- “Father and Son” (during which a video played showing a young Stewart with his father, and Stewart himself with his three sons) and “The First Cut is the Deepest” -- as well as Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” and Bonnie Tyler’s “It’s a Heartache.”

With as many hits as Stewart has had in his career, he could probably play for six hours and still leave out some notable tunes, and Tuesday’s two-and-a-half-hour set left out such great songs as “Mandolin Wind,” “Handbags and Gladrags” and “Downtown Train,” but the crowd seemed happy with the song selection and sang along fervently with the encore, “Maggie May,” Stewart’s No. 1 hit from 1971.

“I saw (Stewart) once before, in New Jersey,” said Darlene Lacher, 41, of Scottsdale. “This was a much more personal show.”

Set list

"Tonight I’m Yours (Don’t Hurt Me)"

"You Wear it Well"

"Lost in You"

"Reason to Believe"


"(I Know I’m) Losing You"

"Father and Son"

"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"

"This Old Heart of Mine"

"We’re Having a Party"

"Piece of My Heart"

"Hot Legs"

"Every Picture Tells a Story"

"Dirty Old Town"

"The First Cut is the Deepest"

"Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"

"You’re in My Heart"

"Have You Ever Seen the Rain"

"Forever Young"

"It’s a Heartache"

"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"

"Do Ya Think I’m Sexy"

"Young Turks"

"Rhythm of My Heart"

"Maggie May" (encore)

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