Rod Stewart: Why are people up-in-arms over singer’s Jubilee rendition of Sweet Caroline at Buckingham Palace?

Rod Stewart performed at the celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee.

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 year long reign there was a huge show for people celebrating in London, and for those watching from around the globe.

Celebrations took place all around the world from the street parties across the UK to the projection of the Union Jack in Switzerland.

Rock legend Rod Stewart was one of the biggest acts on the bill at the humongous performance for the Platinum Jubilee over the weekend.

Sir Rod Stewart onstage during the Platinum Party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace on June 04, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Stewart’s music and performances have stood the test of time making him one of the biggest faces in music.

However, when it came to potentially one of the biggest performances of his career, many fans were left disappointed.

So, what happened at the Platinum Jubilee performance?

Here’s everything you need to know.

When did Rod Stewart perform at the Jubilee?

Rod Stewart performed at The Platinum Party at the Palace for the Royal Family and 22,000 fans on Saturday 4 June.

The concert began with a pre-filmed and heart-warming sketch between the Queen and Paddington Bear. Before, the celebrations were kicked off by the band Queen.

Sir Rod Stewart received a warm welcome from fans when he took to the stage. The rock legend was 10th on the bill coming on just after an electric performance by George Ezra.

What happened with Rod Stewart’s performance?

Fans were left disappointed when Rod Stewart used his limited time for his performance to sing Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.

People weren’t impressed with his rendition of the song, and were sad that he didn’t use one of his own for the performance.

Stewart introduced the song by saying: "This isn’t a fun one to sing but the BBC made me sing it. Make it fun for me."

People sang along to the Neil Diamond classic and waved flags.

However, his performance of his hit song Baby Jane left fans dancing.

Stewart later spoke to BBC Entertainment News in an interview where he spoke on the song choice saying: "It wasn’t my choice, but you know."

Who is Rod Stewart?

Sir Roderick David Stewart CBE is a British rock and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer.

The singer was born and raised in London but is of Scottish and English heritage. His raspy voice has become iconic and well known in the music industry.

Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 250 million records worldwide.

Throughout his career Stewart has released 29 solo studio albums, with his debut album An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down being released in 1969.

His most recent album Another Country was released in 2015.

Rod Stewart has had 10 number-one albums and 31 top ten singles in the UK, six of which reached number one.

Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2016 Stewart was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.

Who else performed at the Jubilee celebrations?

  • Queen
  • Jax Jones
  • Elbow and the Citizens of the World Choir
  • Diversity - ‘The History of British Pop’
  • Craig David
  • Mimi Webb
  • Musicals medley
  • Sam Ryder
  • George Ezra
  • Rod Stewart
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Duran Duran
  • Alicia Keys
  • Celeste/Hans Zimmer
  • Elton John
  • RAF Trumpeters and Choir
  • Sigala ft Ella Eyre
  • Mica Paris, Ruby Turner and Nicola Roberts
  • Diana Ross