When Rod Stewart had a Top-Ten hit with TomWaits’ Downtown Train in 1989, perhaps the song was more personal to him than one might have guessed! As completely absurd as it seemed, I was convinced for several hours that I saw Rod Stewart a downtown A train this afternoon. “Rod” got on the train at Columbus Circle and got off at 23rd Street. Yes, I know what your thinking: it did seem exceedingly unlikely to me that Mr. Stewart would be a straphanger when visiting New York, but there were several points that made this extra confusing. For one thing, he was definitely English—I couldn’t get close enough to hear what he was saying but I could hear he had an English accent. Second, he was with a beautiful young Asian woman. Even though I know he is married to Penny Lancaster, who is like the fourth version of his original wife Britt Ekland, it made sense that he would be with a hot younger woman. Also, I remembered that the singer was discovered by Long John Baldry singing on the tube platform in the U.K. which suggested that perhaps Stewart might have positive feelings about taking the train. Finally, he looks exactly like Rod Stewart—a veritable doppelganger!
On the other hand, what the hell would Rod Stewart be doing on the A train? Plus, even though he looks like Rod Stewart, he also kind of looked like Ron Wood of the Stones, which made me hesitate. And even though he was in the right age range generally, I thought to myself that Rod Stewart would certainly look a bit more weathered than “Rod Stewart.” Finally, he seemed to be missing the Rod Stewart mole on his left cheek. It was all so confusing and over so fast.
Naturally I grabbed two fast pictures knowing that I would soon put the issue to my fellow Stargayzers. So what says you, dear readers? Rod or “Rod”?