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Sir Rod Stewart fans were disappointed when Saturday’s performance at Plymouth’s Home Park was cut short before he performed his hit, Sailing, which was expected to end the show in tribute to the city’s naval status.
It was reported that the concert came to an abrupt end at 10.30pm when the stage went black and a “man in black” walked on stage to speak to the legendary singer.
A concert-goer claimed that Rod told the crowd “the Lord Mayor had put a stop to it” because of a curfew, PlymouthLive reports.
Plymouth Council quickly denied that Councillor Mark Shayer had anything to do with the shutdown, adding that he wasn’t even at the concert.
However, this has not stopped fans from taking their anger out on him and he claims he has faced a torrent of abuse.
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In his statement, the Lord Mayor firmly denied any involvement adding that he is a huge Rod Stewart fan and Sailing is one of his favourite songs.
Cllr Shayer said: “I’m horrified to be implicated. To say I stopped Rod Stewart singing what is one of my favourite songs, on Armed Forces Day, it’s ridiculous. I’m livid.”
According to ITV, Cllr Shayer became aware of the furore on Sunday morning when he became inundated with messages and phone calls.
He said the abuse continued throughout the day, lamenting: “I have even been sworn at in my local shop.”
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Plymouth Council also said in their own statement that “despite social media rumours and inaccurate, unsubstantiated reports online, Plymouth City Council and Home Park did NOT ask Rod Stewart to stop his concert.”
A spokesperson continued: “Any allegation that the Lord Mayor asked the performer to stop is also untrue. The Lord Mayor was not at the concert.
“Arts and culture are very important to Plymouth City Council and an integral part of growing our local economy.
“The venue had an 11pm Special Events Certificate, issued by the Safety Advisory Group, which the venue made clear to the artist’s promoter.
“As with any concert, should a performer decide to end their set before the licenced curfew set out in the Special Events Certificate, it is not because of any decision made by the local authority or the venue.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Rod’s representatives for comment.
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