Tonight's the night with Rod

VIDEO Tonight's the night pop legend Rod Stewart takes to the stage to rock Ipswich.The veteran entertainer is sailing into town to perform in front of his fans and pelt out classics from a career spanning four decades.

TONIGHT'S the night pop legend Rod Stewart takes to the stage to rock Ipswich.

The veteran entertainer is sailing into town to perform in front of his fans and pelt out classics from a career spanning four decades.

Around 24,000 people are expected to flock to Portman Road to see the 62-year-old star perform his current Greatest Hits tour.

Having kicked off the tour with gigs in Newcastle and Manchester, the performer will take to the stage at Portman Road for the first time in 16 years.

And after last week's concert in Newcastle went down a storm, the ageing rocker is expected to deliver a spectacular show.

That show in the north east lived up to the tour's Greatest Hits name and included all of Rod's best known hits, such as You Wear it Well, Have I Told You Lately, This Old Heart of Mine and Hot Legs, all in the first half.

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He went on to perform The First Cut is the Deepest, You're in My Heart, Tonight's the Night, Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?, Maggie May and Sailing.

With such fan favourites in his repertoire, Stewart, who will be supported by The Pretenders, is likely to go down a treat with the Portman Road crowd tonight.

Meanwhile fans attending the concert will be asked to dig deep to support an appeal launched in memory of the victims of the Ipswich red light killings.

Licensing bosses at Ipswich Borough Council have granted permission for an Evening Star team to collect for the Somebody's Daughter fund prior to tonight's gig.

The fund was set up following the Ipswich killings, when the bodies of five sex workers were found around the area in December.

It is pledged to set up a rehabilitation unit for prostitutes and vulnerable young people to help them off the streets.

There will be 12 collectors, based around the stadium and on the practice pitch, who will be rattling their buckets up until Stewart takes to the stage at around 8pm.

Donations to the memorial fund can be made online at www.eveningstar.co.uk, in person at Ipswich Borough Council's customer service centre in the Town Hall, by calling 01473 433777, or by sending a cheque, made payable to Somebody's Daughter Memorial

Fund, to PO Box 772, Ipswich Borough Council, Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DE.

n> Let us know what you thought of the concert. Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk