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Rod Stewart snags bar stool from P.E.I. festival worker

Rob Gillis works construction every year at the Cavendish Beach Music festival site, and this year he also helped to supply some furniture for Rod Stewart's tour leaving him short a bar stool at home but with a great story to tell.

Rob Gillis' bar stool is now travelling North America

Rod Stewart on the stage at Cavendish Beach. (CBC)

Rob Gillis works construction every year at the Cavendish Beach Music festival site, and this year he also helped to supply some furniture for Rod Stewart's tour leaving him short a bar stool at home but with a great story to tell.

Gillis says he and his company, Built-Rite construction, have been providing setup and teardown service for the festival since it started seven years ago.

He didn't expect the job this year to be any different until a chance meeting backstage with the show's production manager, who was scrambling to find a stool for Rod Stewart to sit on during his set the next night.

Gillis offered up one from his bar at home and even offered to paint it white to match the set.

His wife was hesitant at first to break up the bar set, but Gillis said she came around.

"It didn't take us long to convince her this was the proper thing to do," Gillis said. "Not everybody has the chance to give a piece of your furniture to Mr. Stewart."

Next night, the stool supported Rod on stage in front of thousands.

Rod Stewart performs on the bar stool Rob Gillis grabbed from his home and painted white. (Pauline Lapointe)

"It was pretty surreal, I would say, unbelievable," Gillis said.

Gillis assumed he would get the stool back at the end of the night, but the production manager had some news for him the next day.

"They loved it so much, it's gone on to Newfoundland for this tour, then back to Atlanta, then six weeks in Vegas," he laughed.

So now, Gillis is the proud owner of a jet-setting bar stool.

"My thoughts originally were when I got the bar stool back, I would have three nice silver bar stools at my bar with one white one beside it and it would be a conversation piece," he said.

Instead, Gillis is getting a professional photo taken of Stewart performing with the bar stool. The photo will occupy the space at home where the stool once was.
      

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