THE ICONIC PERFORMER PRESENTED WITH AWARD BY LIFELONG SCOTTISH FAN ON BACK OF SPECTACULAR RUN OF SHOWS AT THE SSE HYDRO
ROD HAS PLAYED THE SSE HYDRO TEN TIMES INCLUDING THE VENUE OPENER IN 2013
OVER 125,000 FANS HAVE ENJOYED HOT GIGS WITH THE SINGER
Music legend Rod Stewart delighted thousands of adoring fans with three electric gigs at The SSE Hydro this week and in celebration of his multiple appearances at Scotland’s home of live entertainment, venue sponsor SSE presented the music icon with a very special SSE Live Award in recognition of his live shows at the venue.
The Ultimate Performer award was presented backstage after Stewart’s blistering show on Saturday night by Helen Gibson, a lifelong Rod superfan from Aberdeen who was selected by SSE from thousands of fans on social media to meet her hero and make the presentation.
The accolade, the first of its kind, honoured Stewart for his incredible live shows at The SSE Hydro over the last six years. Since opening the world class venue in 2013 with a memorable four-night stint, the international superstar has returned for a further six shows, delighting over 125,000 fans with his energetic performances and an unmistakeable back catalogue of sing-along hits.
Surprised at home by son Jamie just days before Saturday’s show, Helen wiped tears of joy from her eyes as she was given the news of her meet and greet with Rod to present the award. Helen, who travelled from Northfield in Aberdeen to be at the gig along with Jamie, daughter Megan and daughter-in-law Michelle, has been a fan of Stewart all her life, having been brought up listening to his music before sharing her love for the former Faces frontman with partner Alec.
A hard-working and dedicated mother and partner, Helen didn’t have much opportunity to see Rod live in previous years, particularly when caring for Alec after he became ill. Tragically, Alec lost his battle with illness, and music became a means of escape for the family and a trigger for many fond memories. Helen finally fulfilled a long-held dream to see Rod live during a recent tour stop in Aberdeen. Now, Helen will be the envy of thousands of Rod fans having made the award presentation to her idol.
An emotional Helen said: “I can’t quite believe what’s happened. Rod’s music has been such a big part of my life so to get the chance to meet him and present this special award is just a dream come true. I was shaking a little but Rod was really nice and calmed me down right away. His shows are always amazing and I just hope he comes back to The SSE Hydro another ten times at least!”
Rod Stewart was as charming as ever as he received his award: “I can’t believe that was our tenth show here already. I’ve got fond memories of opening the venue and the fans have continued to come back and support me since, so it’s very special to receive the Ultimate Performer Award from SSE.”
Head of Sponsorship and Reward at SSE, Colin Banks said: “To see a live performer of Rod Stewart’s stature open The SSE Hydro was very special. To see him come back to perform another six times in his own, unmistakeable style has been amazing. SSE is thrilled to honour Rod with this very special SSE Live Award for his incredible record at the venue. It was also hugely rewarding to have Helen, a lifelong fan, backstage to make the presentation ahead of the show – a moment she will never ever forget.”
The SSE Live Awards will return in January 2020, as fans of both The SSE Hydro in Glasgow and The SSE Arena, Wembley vote to crown the best acts at each venue after a breath-taking year of live entertainment. With acts across music, comedy and sport including Liam Gallagher, Snow Patrol, GOT7, Christina Aguilera, Björk, Cher, Little Mix, The 1975, and Catfish and the Bottlemen headlining the venue over the last 12 months, there’s been countless incredible fan moments and memories in both venues. Previous winners of The SSE Live Awards include Kevin Bridges, Paolo Nutini, Andy Murray and Queen, with fans casting votes in their millions.
The SSE Live Awards voting will be open to anyone but only SSE customers can access presale tickets, lounges and be in with the chance to win amazing prizes and more by registering on ssereward.com