Rod Stewart still wears it well after decades on the road
Picking up the call from Palm Beach to be put
through to Rod Stewart, there’s no mistaking the gravely tones of a musical icon who’s been honoured the world over.
During his six decades in the music industry – with chart-topping albums in each one of those – that distinctive voice has kept Rod at the top, with success across all genres of
popular music, from rock to folk, soul and the classic American Songbook, and record sales totalling more than 200million worldwide.
Following on from his latest release – Blood Red Roses, which debuted at number one in the UK album chart – Sir Rod Stewart will once more be touring the country, and promises fans
a special night.
At 74, the touring schedule – billed as his biggest UK tour to date – including a date at the Lytham Festival on July 13 - could be daunting, with sold-out football stadiums and
indoor and outdoor arenas in the diary, but there’s clearly no sign of Rod retiring, as many of his peers have… Yet.
“Not at all – I’m proud of my age… And most of my peers are dead, not retired,” he laughs.
“I enjoy it, that’s what it comes down to. There will be a time, I’m sure, for retirement and I’m closer than I was years ago.
“To me, retirement is not a lovely word. People always talk about ‘looking forward to retiring’ but for me that’s an awful thought. I’m lucky I have a brilliant job that I love, and
as long as I enjoy it and people are coming out in their droves to the shows then I will go on.”
And to keep up physically, Rod reels off a string of activities: Three personal trainer sessions a week, swimming, playing football with his youngest sons, rowing.
Explaining his regime, the star said: “I always make the comparison with football, which I’ve played all my life; it’s an ugly game if you’re not fit and everyone’s running past
you, leaving you behind. But if you’re keeping up, it’s beautiful.”
With Blood Red Roses his 30th studio album, there’s plenty of tracks to choose from when it comes to planning a tour – the hits really are too many to mention. How do you create a
set list with that many songs available?
“We know there are certain songs people love to hear, of course, but I like to bring back ones from way back when, and there’ll be a fair sprinkling of those, probably two from
Blood Red Roses and a couple from the two albums before that Time and Another Country,” Rod explains.
“People want to hear the songs like I Don’t Wanna Talk About It, and that keeps them in the show.
“And we don’t really drop tracks, we change the show every night; from a set list of maybe 20 songs, for example track 15 every night we’ll change it and decide each night what
it’ll be, so every crowd gets a slightly different show.
“It keeps the band on their toes – and they keep me on mine! It’s a big band, six girls, six men and they’re very lively, it’s good to have the youngsters around.”
Also featuring in the 2019 tour will be special guests Johnny Mac And The Faithful, opening the summer shows after being hand-picked by Rod himself.
After hearing their music at Celtic matches and events, Rod had fallen for their barn-storming Irish-influenced Americana sound, with one instrumental especially standing
“I’d heard them play over the years but never knew anything about who they were,” he said. “And one time I was watching footage of the players training on Celtic’s TV channel, and I
loved the background music which was being used. I looked all over the place to find out what it was.
“I thought it was a band from Australia and we’d tracked it down… But it turned out it was Johnny, and they were on the doorstep. I instantly had lyrics to go with the music, and
that led to us co-writing Julia on Blood Red Roses.
“Johnny supplies all the music for Celtic Football Club and is a big supporter, like I am, and I think they’re brilliant.
“ I really like the music; it’s real party music, just want you need to warm up the audience, but they are a very, very flexible band and very talented. I wanted to give him a
Recent years have seen Rod back writing, after his exploration of the Great American Songbook in the Noughties. He’d turned away from penning his own music for several years after
losing confidence in the early Nineties, as documented in his 2012 book Rod: The Autobiography.
“When I wrote my book, that sparked in me the realisation that I had stories still to tell, about my early beginnings, my dad, and that book spawned the writing, it came back to
me,” he said.
“I had thought it had gone and left me, but it doesn’t really, it’s not a physical thing, you just have to put your mind to it. I teamed up again with Kevin Savigar, my co-writer
and producer now, and he brought it out of me again.
“There was a point when I didn’t even want to go into the studio again too. I couldn’t bear the thought of going into the dark studio space.
“But again, it was Kevin who got me back, he came along and we started doing it on our computers.
“He would write a tune, send it to me, I’d ‘la-di-diddly-dah’ over it and send it back. We’d add drum machines or whatever, and see how it sounded, then if we felt it needed a
drummer, we would get a drummer in, and embellish it with real musicians…
“And all the while, I’d be seeing daylight and enjoying fresh air.
“I don’t think I jump on bandwagons, maybe a little bit with disco and Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, but mainly I’ve followed my own instincts and I’m glad to see changes in the industry,
and it stepping up a bit.
“Whether it’s a small festival or a bloody great big one, we give every show the same 110%. We have played to 54 people once, for a wealthy Russian man in Rome who must have only
known 50 people – and he invited all of them.
“He paid me a lot of money, and we gave the same show as we would at Madison Square Garden.
Rod Stewart, 74,
makes a bold statement in blue coordinated outfit and mirrored shades as he heads to radio interview
carved out an incredible music career spanning almost 60 years.
Rod Stewart proved he was a success in the fashion stakes too as he showed off his flair for style as he arrived for an interview at BBC Radio 2 Studios in London on Thursday.
Maggie May hitmaker, 74, caught the eye in a bold blue coordinated outfit, which the confidently rocked with a pair of round mirrored shades in the same hue.
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? Rod Stewart, 74, stepped out in a blue coordinated outfit as he arrived for an interview at BBC Radio 2 Studios in
London on Thursday
donned a smart indigo blazer, which he layered over a pale blue shirt, while he added a blue and white gingham neckerchief to his look.
star added a pair of colbalt skinny jeans teamed with purple socks and jazzy blue and orange tartan trainers.
customary, Rod's trademark locks were styled into their usual spiky do.
Father-of-eight Rod looked happy and relaxed as he stopped to pose for photographs with his adoring fans outside the studio.
Feeling blue: Rod donned a smart indigo blazer, which he layered over a pale blue shirt, while he added a blue and white gingham neckerchief
to his look
recently enjoyed a family holiday with wife Penny Lancaster and six of his brood.
rocker posed for a snap which was uploaded to Instagram by Penny, 48, who lamented that not all his relatives could make it.
wrote: 'Family holiday time but sadly there is always one or two missing @renee_stewartt @rubystewart. Miss you guys!'
Joining him were his eldest daughter Kimberly Stewart, 39, who he had with model and actress Alana Stewart.
Happy to oblige: Father-of-eight Rod looked happy and relaxed as he stopped to pose for photographs with his adoring fans outside the
Rod Stewart is back in the studio
Only seven months after the release of Blood Red Roses, Rod
Stewart is already at work on his next album.
an interview with BILD in Germany, he says, “I'm on a high right now. My latest album made it to number-one [in
England]. So, there is no need to retire right now and I'm spending no thought on it. We are in the studio at the moment and recording songs for my next album which will be a collection of the
20 greatest country and folk songs.”
Stewart’s last album of cover tunes -- not counting a 2012 Christmas album -- was Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook Volume
V in 2010.
JOINING THE BHOYS
Celtic-daft Sir Rod Stewart reveals
how he was ‘CONVERTED’ to a Hoops fan by Kenny Dalglish and Jock Stein
'Once you met Jock Stein you were a Celtic supporter'
SIR Rod Stewart has revealed that his love of Celtic stems from a chance meeting with Jock Stein.
The famous Hoops fan shared the story on social media on Wednesday, pegging a chance-meeting with the legendary Celts manager - thanks to Kenny Dalgish - as the reason for his
74, shared an old interview where he discussed his love for Celtic.
The grainy clip shows a younger Rod turned out in a green and white outfit answering a few questions about his passion for the Glasgow team.
Asked why he chose to become a life-long Celtic supporter, Sir Rod responds: “Ermm…. It was way back in the early ‘70s when I first met Dalglish just when he’d signed for Celtic,
and I think we were out for dinner at Dalhousie Castle, and I think it was just after he got married.
“And he took me down and I met Jock Stein, and I don’t know if you ever met the late Jock Stein but once you met him you were a Celtic supporter, because he made football sound like
"That was the early ‘70s and I’ve been a Celtic supporter ever since.”
Rod Stewart to perform exclusive intimate show at Cliffs Pavilion
WORLD famous Rod Stewart is set to play Southend’s Cliffs Pavilion in a special one-off performance.
The Maggie May singer will use the stripped back, close-up show on April 30 as a warm-up for his UK tour which kicks off next
It will also give fans with the chance to experience a behind the scenes look at the process of creating a touring show and the audience
will be welcome to give their feedback during the very exclusive opportunity.
The fully seated tour is being promoted by Cuffe and Taylor, whose director Peter Taylor said: “We work with Cliffs Pavilion on a number of
different touring shows so we are delighted they are able to host this exclusive warm up show for Rod’s tour.
“Fans are going to be in for a real treat as they get to see this very stripped back performance where Rod and his band will be finalising
their tour set list, working on what fits where and maybe even asking the audience for their input.
“This will be a fantastic night ahead of what is set to be an amazing tour and we can’t wait to see Rod get Southend
“He will then travel the length and breadth of the UK and across Europe performing to hundreds of thousands of people in what will be a
formidable tour for 2019.”
The show comes as the Scottish singer's 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses, debuted at number one
To be in with a shout for tickets, sign up at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/rodstewart-vf.
Fans will be asked to verify their identity before accessing the page.
The deadline for registration is 11.59pm on Wednesday night.
Tickets for the full tour are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Handbags or gladrags?
Rod wears them well!
HANDBAGS and Gladrags is one of his most famous songs. But it appears Sir Rod Stewart is now taking his 1969 hit literally after being
spotted with a smart satchel at the football.
The 74-year-old was snapped with the tan leather bag over one shoulder during Celtic’s 3-0 victory over Aberdeen at the Scottish Cup
semi-final on Sunday.
He teamed it with a white coat, check waistcoat and green, yellow and black stripped tie.
The Celtic fan was pictured greeting VIP supporters during the match at Hampden Park, grinning at the final whistle and forming a ‘Celtic
huddle’ with nearby fans.
His model wife Penny Lancaster, 48, was absent from the match, along with his footballdaft sons Alastair, 13, and Aiden,
The boys were alongside their father for Celtic’s Old Firm win against Rangers last month, at which the singer donned bright green slippers.
He was subsequently filmed taking part in an acoustic singalong with fellow fans after the game.
Parkhead regular Sir Rod has previously disclosed that he would like his ashes scattered at Celtic Park when he dies.
Rod Stewart all smiles alongside Game
of Thrones star Maisie Williams as he shares cute Instagram pic
The Celtic-daft rocker shared a snap of the pair on his social media ahead of the start of the new series
of the show
ROD Stewart was all
smiles as he posed with Maisie Williams ina cute Instagram pic.
The rocker shared the snap on Instagram ahead of the
start of the final season of the hit HBO show.
Rod, 74, was pictured alongside the young actress, who plays Arya Stark in the acclaimed fantasy drama.
And fans loved the snap of the unlikely duo.
The pic, uploaded late last night, has been liked over 18,000 times.
The iconic performer captioned the photo with “A girl has no name,” a cryptic phrase associated with Arya in the show.
Rod Stewart will reunite with his old collaborator, guitar legend Jeff Beck, to play a special performance at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on September 27. The show is being called Stewart and Beck's "most in depth concert
[together] in over 35 years."
According to a poster advertising the event, the concert will feature Stewart singing hits and "rare early classics," and "a landmark reunion set" with Beck.
Tickets for the show go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. PT via LiveNation.com. A pre-sale for both artists' fan club members and American Express card members starts
Tuesday, April 9, at 10 a.m. local time; a Live Nation pre-sale will begin on Thursday, April 11, at 10 a.m.
Rod rose to fame as the lead singer of The Jeff Beck Group from 1967 to 1969. In fact, his first-ever show in the U.S. was a member of that band,
when they opened for The Grateful Dead in 1968 at the Fillmore East in New York City. Rod and Ronnie Wood, who played bass in Beck's group, both left
the band to become members of Faces.
Stewart and Beck went on to collaborate again numerous times over the years, including on Rod's 1984 hit "Infatuation," and on a hit 1985 version of The
Impressions' classic "People Get Ready."
The Hollywood Bowl show is scheduled on an off night during Rod's upcoming Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which runs from September 18 through October 5.
Stewart also has dozens of European dates on his tour schedule in the spring,
summer and fall.
Jeff, meanwhile, is part of the lineup of Eric Clapton's 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival, taking
place September 20-21 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Veteran star Rod Stewart is ready as ever to tour at 74
Sir Rod Stewart is still rockin’ and is coming to a venue near you. That’s the message as he embarks on one of his biggest UK tours for
years. It’s so long he will be taking at least one holiday break!
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Rod. “I have toured for years of course and often tour some of Britain but this one is going to be huge and I can’t wait. We are taking the
show to other parts of Europe as well but the big focus is on home and I shall be meeting up with a lot of old friends, I’m sure.”
Rod is now 74 but make no mistake, he is not only fit for a fantastic tour but looking to more tours and albums in the future. He is definitely not living on yesterday’s success and
is very at home in the modern world.
“Memories are great and I like to think and talk about the things we did in the past but today and tomorrow can be just as exciting.
“When you look at the way we record today, for instance, my new album Blood Red Roses was great to make because we did most of the recordings while on tour.
“We would be sitting in a hotel room or backstage and if we felt like doing a bit of recording we just got on with it.
“Modern technology makes that possible. It’s fantastic because it captures you in the right mood and it is much more personal somehow. It also means you’re not locked in one space
for months on end.
“I’ve spent too many years locked in studios, not really wanting to be in there, busting to get out and do something else.
“Maybe it is a lack of discipline but today’s possibilities are much better and everyone who has heard the new album has loved it so that’s the icing on the cake.”
The music world is much changed since Rod started his still amazing career.
“I grew up in North London the youngest of five,” he said. “My dad was from Leith in Scotland and my mother was English. We lived over the family newsagent’s shop and I did a paper
round as soon as I could. I was into football in a big way and also railway modelling. It was more than just a toy to me, it was real.
“Believe it or not the whole family were Al Jolson fans. I used to personally have his records and used to love seeing his performances on film. He really knew how to handle an
audience and have a great relationship with them. I learned a lot from Al Jolson.
“At the same time I used to befriend every dog in the neighbourhood. I didn’t mind cats but they were always aloof and would scratch you to put you in your place.
“Dogs were never like that. They always seemed to have a sense of fun and were always up for a game of football, except a lot of them used to pinch the ball and run off with
“I had to admire them for that so I think I was a dog lover right from the start.
“Sometimes they would look a bit threatening when I was doing the paper round but that never put me off"
Rod’s rise to fame might have been totally different; he has been very open about his ambition to play football professionally.
“I always wanted to be a footballer and perhaps one day play for Scotland,” he said. “I played for my school and I wasn’t bad. I had trials with Brentford and there was a chance I
might join them but at the same time I was getting more and more into my music.
“I had to decide whether I wanted to be a singer and musician or a footballer. I thought I had more chance of singing and also I wasn’t sure I would get on with training every day.
Playing music seemed an easier option.
“I had a run of jobs while I was waiting to be discovered; I was a silk screen printer, assistant in a funeral parlour, a labourer at Highgate Cemetery and I even did a bit of
“So, you could say I had an interesting CV before I got anywhere with anything else. My dad had bought me a guitar when I was about 15 and I tried to copy my heroes, Little Richard
and Bill Haley as well as Lonnie Donegan. They were all greats to me.
“I got discovered in the end and here we are today – Sir Roderick Stewart. It still doesn’t seem right somehow, I’m delighted of course but I’ve never seen myself as a knight. I am
still Rod, a Scottish bloke born in London.”
starts with gigs in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands before heading on May 22 to Bristol City’s Ashton Gate ground then Cork before returning to Nottingham, Southampton, York, Milton
Keynes, Ipswich, Wolverhampton, Aberdeen, Bolton and Sheffield.
Then he is
off to Germany again as well as Spain, Portugal and France. And that’s still not the end of it. Back in the UK he appears at Newcastle, Hove, Lytham St Annes, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin,
Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham and London. Exhausted yet?
it’s a big tour but it helps that a lot of the venues are football grounds. It makes me feel like I am playing in an international or something and I get psyched up all the more. I have played
football at Wembley so I know what I’m talking about.
honest it was a bit exhausting just reading the list but I am totally up for it and if it works as well as we all hope, then it won’t be a farewell tour.”
international star who has everything he could possibly want why is Rod so keen to do such a punishing tour?
it, simple as that,” he said. “Every night is like a party. Singing Da Ya Think I’m Sexy to a packed house in an arena and then stopping for a moment to hear them singing with you is fantastic, and a
moment you can treasure when you’re feeling low.
“Performing makes me happy and I really am a very happy person.
the music too – I like the new stuff but I also like the old stuff. A lot of those songs are like old friends to me and I just enjoy singing them.
get bored with them. How could I get bored with Maggie May and the others? How could you look at all those amazing people who have taken the trouble to come and see you and sing, ‘You’re in my heart,
you’re in my soul…’ and not mean it and not love it when they cheer as they recognise the song.
“I am very
privileged to have come this far but there’s no going back. I’ve yet to see Scotland win the World Cup but one day, one day…
meantime here’s to more gigs and more recording in hotel rooms. It’s a great life and I’m enjoying myself.”
Rod Stewart, 74, poses for family photo as he and wife Penny Lancaster, 48, jet off on holiday to Florida with five of his EIGHT children
Stewart is enjoying a family holiday in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Penny Lancaster and several of his children.
singer, 74, and his family posed for a snap which was uploaded to Instagram by Penny, 48, who lamented that not all his relatives could make it.
wrote: 'Family holiday time but sadly there is always one or two missing @renee_stewartt @rubystewart. Miss you guys!'
Trip: Rod Stewart is enjoying a family holiday in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Penny Lancaster and several of his
Joining him were his eldest daughter Kimberly Stewart, 39, who he had with model and actress Alana Stewart.
there was his second child with Alana, Sean, 38, who was born just over a year after Kimberly.
Married from 1979 to 1984, Rod then dated model Kelly Emburg who he was with until 1990 and had daughter Ruby, 31, however she was absent from the holiday.
then got hitched to model Rachel Hunter in 1990 and had two children with her, Renee, 26, who was also absent from the holiday, and Liam, 24.
Family: The singer, 74, and his family posed for a snap which was uploaded to Instagram by Penny who lamented that not all his relatives could make
Rod and roll
Stewart going strong at 74
THE hotel suite where Rod Stewart has been installed in Dublin is the size of a small football pitch, which is probably as well as at this very moment
he is kicking a ball. It’s what you expect of Stewart — the 1970s rock god for whom the beautiful game is almost as all consuming a passion as music.
But it soon becomes clear Stewart has things on his mind other than his beloved Glasgow Celtic and the team’s recent managerial switcheroo (he is so
very cross at Brendan Rogers, who ditched the team for a more glamorous job in England).
He’s come to the Intercontinental Hotelstraight from a day of sightseeing around the capital. Stop-offs included Kilmainham Gaol and the grave in
Glasnvein of Grace Gifford, widow of executed 1916 leader Joseph Plunkett.
The trek was part of Stewart’s project to educate himself about the traditional ballad ‘Grace’, a lament for Gifford which he covered, to considerable
acclaim and moderate controversy, on last year’s Blood Red
Stewart first encountered the song when it was belted from the terraces of Celtic Park. He became fascinated with it and with its roots in the Easter
Rising. The huge emotional effect of the pilgrimage to Glasnevin will become obvious when Stewart subsequently breaks into tears on the Late Late Show.
But he is extremely chipper this afternoon and initially more interested in chatting about footie than delving into one of the most extraordinary
careers in rock. However, he comes around as talk turns to Ronnie Wood, who is also currently in Ireland and sent Stewart a text to let him know he was playing golf at the K-Club in Kildare should
his old pal fancy dropping by.
The two manned the barricades together in late-period British blues explosion super-group The Faces. Stewart went solo in 1974 after The Faces broke up.
Wood, meanwhile, transferred to the The Rolling Stones. They remain close, with warm memories of their time on the road together.
“Woody was always a Rolling Stone, even before he joined them,” says Stewart. “I loved the Stones as well. I would have stayed with The Faces [had they
not split]. Going solo never entered my mind. I loved those guys. I didn’t want to part from them.
“We used to share rooms,” he continues. “We used to share other things as well. In the Holiday Inns, we’d share a room and build a barricade so we could
have girlfriends over. If Ronnie was [with a lady] I’d be on the other side trying to sleep. I was able to put him off by making silly noises.”
Stewart will perform ‘Grace’, along with all his best-loved hits, when he comes to Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork on May 25 (he is back in December for dates
in Dublin and Belfast). It will no doubt receive a warmer welcome than when Stewart attempted to play it at a BBC radio session in September.
“They said ‘it’s a rebel song’,” says Stewart, shaking his head. “Well so what? It’s a gorgeous love song, a tragic love song. The most tragic ever
Stewart has gone through highs, lows and many in-betweens across his career. Success in the Seventies came at the price of his reputation among critics.
His biggest offence, it seemed, was to enjoy the perks of success.
There were parties, endless girlfriends. In his hair-raising 2012 autobiography, Rod, he recounted a debauched lost week in the south of France where he
was kept busy flying various love interests in and out, taking care they never discovered he was having other lady-friends around. He made fast-living stardom sound like rather hard work (the book
also debunked the urban myth that he signed a professional soccer contract with Brentford).
“The Seventies were great. The Sixties, I wasn’t known. But they were fantastic as well. Everything was fresh and new. But the Seventies were just
incredible. With Maggie May and all those songs.” SEXY SONG Last year marked the 40th anniversary of perhaps his most enduring smash ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?’. Stewart continues to perform it. Yet it
is fair to say he’s fallen in and out of love with it on several occasions.
“We all knew it was going to be big. That’s as opposed to ‘Maggie May’ – we didn’t even want that on the album. With ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ we had the
feeling. But sometimes it’s a bit of a pink toilet seat around my neck. It’s a song I don’t always enjoy singing. But the audience wants to hear it.”
After decades of romantic escapades, in his forties Stewart settled down. He married model Rachel Hunter in 1990. He was 45 and she was 21. On his
wedding day his sister took him aside and asked if he was sure he was making the right decision. Nine years later, Hunter left and he was devastated.
But would find love again with Penny Lancaster, who he married in 2007 and with whom he has the two youngest of his eight children (the oldest, Sarah
Streeter, given up for adoption when Stewart was 18, is now 55).
Stewart is friendly and unassuming, a natural raconteur. That is also the impression created by his autobiography. Among other things, the book devotes
an entire chapter to his hair. With age has his iconic supermullet become easier or more challenging to maintain?
“This is how I wake up,” he says, running a hand through it. “It gets too long sometimes – won’t do as it’s told.”
Stewart has warm memories of his last visit to Cork, where he played the Live at the Marquee festival in 2009. And he’s looking forward to gracing Páirc
Uí Chaoimh, which created history last year when it hosted a testimonial for the late former Celtic player Liam Miller.
“What a sweat box that was in Cork,” he says. “It was a very small stage and the audience were just packed in there. And you’re right, more teams should
do [what Ireland and Manchester United did for Liam Miller] it. That’s the positive side of the game.”
Stewart looks a good decade younger than 74. Since his knees started giving trouble he no longer plays soccer every week on the pitch at the back of his
mansion in Essex. But he has no plans to give up singing.
“Me and Elton John had a bit of a falling-out because I slagged him off about his [retirement] tour,” he says, asked if he would ever consider hanging
up his mic.
“I said it was just a money grabbing act. Will I retire? I’ll have to one day. If I don’t enjoy it, I would probably stop. But I’ll always keep
Rod Stewart plays Páirc Uí Chaoimh May 25, SSE Belfast, December 2 and 3Arena, Dublin, December 4