Rod Stewart / Cyndi Lauper at Verizon Theatre
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Rod Stewart started out in the ‘60s and early ‘70s singing earthy blues and soul-rock. But then, to the horror of many fans, he disbanded the Faces and focused on lightweight pop hits like “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright).” As critic Greil Marcus wrote decades ago, “rarely has a singer had as full and unique a talent as Stewart; rarely has anyone betrayed his talent so completely.” Today, Stewart has survived the slings and arrows — and a bout with thyroid cancer — to become an elder statesman/showman of rock. At 72, he’s still kicking soccer balls into the crowd as he performs Faces-era classics, R&B covers and of course “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” Cyndi Lauper opens the show with a grab-bag of ‘80s hits and tunes from her 2016 country album Detour, including Skeeter Davis’ “The End of the World” and Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love.” Don’t be surprised if Cyn joins Rod the Mod for a song or two, too.