Relive rocker's high energy

CANADIAN singer Dave Battah has often been mistaken for the legendary Rod Stewart.

He has the same qualities as the legendary rocker, including the facial features, blonde locks and signature gritty voice.

This natural ability to look and even sound like the original has earned Battah a full-time job as his impersonator.

"I really wasn't a Rod fan in the beginning, but after I started performing in tribute shows then I really started to see that he is a really fun character, and that his high energy really attracts people," Battah said.

To master Stewart, Battah has spent many hours studying and practising his every move, style and manner.

"In the early 90's when I first started impersonating Rod, I would attend all his stage shows to see how he sung and moved on stage," Battah said.

"I went to see what he said and the way he arranged his show."

Battah has performed as a Rod Stewart impersonator all over the world and has returned to Australia for his second tour.

He will perform his Forever Rod show at Castle Hill RSL on Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17.

"Last time I was in Australia, I played a number of venues in Sydney and had sell-out crowds," he said. "As he becomes older he has slowed-down on his shows and the opportunity to see him perform is less.

"The show allows people to relive and enjoy his songs."

■ Details: castlehillrsl.com.au.

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