Rod Stewart talks about fame, money and the secrets to his success.

Rod Stewart is in Dublin as part of his current world tour and will perform for one night only in Dublin’s RDS. ‘Ireland’s Eye’ reporter Carolyn Fisher boarded his tour bus for an interview.  She asks if he is a different person to the one who started out on the musical path years ago? 

Rod Stewart says that he is enjoying his success, and is grateful for what he has achieved so far, but is clear on the fact that money doesn’t guarantee you happiness.  He admits though that it does have one benefit,

It does take away the misery of being skint.

Does he have any words of advice for young people who want a career in the music business? 

A real belief in yourself, a real belief that the Lord above will look after you, and do it for you.  Everything I’ve ever wanted has happened for me.

Fans came from near and far for the sold out concert in the RDS, and they weren’t disappointed.   Reactions range from the concert being worth the ticket price of £20, to feeling more uplifted,

When I hear his music I’m free from the depression of society today, you know.

As one may imagine, Rod’s female fans were far less restrained in their opinions of him, with one young woman declaring,

I’d dive on top of him!

'Ireland's Eye' was a Tuesday-to-Friday series with human-interest stories and features from locations throughout Ireland. First broadcast on 7 October 1980, the programme ran until August 1983.

This episode of ‘Ireland’s Eye’ was broadcast on 29 June 1983.  The reporter is Carolyn Fisher.