For this street musician, it must have made his day (indeed his year!) when out of the blue, whilst singing a Rod Stewart song in Piccadilly Circus, London, he came face-to-face with the rock legend himself, and the famous artist asked to borrow the man’s mic! And what do you think that street singer did? Well of course, he did what any sensible, decent artist would do—he gave it to him!
Henry Facey was standing in his usual spot with his acoustic guitar and guitar case open for donations. He had just started singing “Handbags and Gladrags” by Sir Rod Stewart when all of a sudden he was shocked beyond his wildest dreams, for, standing right in front of him, in real life, was none other than the star himself.
Apparently, Rod was passing through Piccadilly Circus and saw the young lad performing his song. Having started out playing the streets himself, Rod wasted no time and asked Henry if he would mind it very much if he could borrow his mic for a chance to delight in the melody in the charm of the moment and bring a little enjoyment to the bustling Londoners.
The starstruck Henry graciously handed Rod the mic, and Rod started giving an impromptu performance of his own song to the gathering crowd.
It was Henry’s honor to accompany Rod Stewart, picking the strings with the skill of an artist, while the crowd cheered and Rod sang. Everybody who happened to be there got a rare treat as Rod Stewart offered a free performance in an everyday setting just for the love of it.
Watch the street musician and the rock legend perform “Handbags and Gladrags” in Piccadilly Circus, London:
Photo Credit: YouTube Screenshot | Rod Stewart.