Rod Stewart distracts fans during New Year's performance as viewers spot odd appearance feature

Rod Stewart distracts fans during New Year's performance as viewers spot odd appearance feature

WATCH NOW: Rod Stewart performs on the Jools' Annual Hootennany

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 02/01/2024

- 10:47

Updated: 20/06/2024

- 15:33

The legendary rocker saw in the New Year alongside Jools Holland

Rod Stewart caught the eye of a number of BBC viewers on New Year's Eve - but not solely because of his vocal talents.

The 78-year-old was part of the line-up for Jools Holland's Annual Hootenanny on the BBC alongside a long list of other singing superstars.

The performance was apt as Stewart and Holland have joined forces for a new record set for release next month.

And Stewart gave fans a taste of what to expect on the new project as he collaborated with Holland for renditions of Ain't Misbehavin' and Almost Like Being In Love among others.

However, it wasn't the prospect of new music that had fans talking but rather the outfit Stewart had decided to wear for the occasion.

The Maggie May rocker donned a black and gold striped dinner jacket for the performance, complete with a dazzling gold tie.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart's outfit distracted Hootenanny viewers


Within moments of joining Holland by the piano, social media was flooded with comments about the striking look - with many drawing comparisons with Tim Burton's 1988 classic, Beetlejuice.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, fans were quick to comment on the appearance, including one who penned: "Why is rod Stewart dressed like beetlejuice for new year on #Hootenanny."

A second similarly questioned: "#Hootenanny time with Jools Holland. Question - is Rod Stewart dressed as a) Beetlejuice, or b) the Doppler Effect?"

Meanwhile, a third weighed in: "Rod Stewart channeling his inner Beetlejuice tonight #Hootenanny #foryoupage #HappNewYear."

Another echoed: "#Hootenanny Jools Holland must have called out 'Rod Stewart' three times!"

"Rod Stewart serving serious Beetlejuice vibes #Hootenanny," added a fifth.

Others were quick to applaud Stewart's performance as a whole, with another viewer adding to the conversation: "Rod Stewart is smashing it at this years #Hootenanny." (sic)

Stewart joined Holland away from the piano and microphone for a chat as well where he revealed why he wanted to take on their new swing project.

"I think it's all part of growing up and listening to where rock 'n' roll came from, where the blues came from," he said of his fondness for swing music.

"And there's that transition period where it's swing and then all of a sudden it goes into rock 'n' roll - they're connected."

Also joining Holland and Stewart were RAYE, Olivia Dean, Paul Jones, PP Arnold, Joss Stone, the Sugababes and The Mary Wallopers.

The guest list was rounded out by Muireann Bradley, Ruby Turner, and the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards as well as several celebrity attendants.

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