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, eight.

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.

MAGGIE MAISE 

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 Beckto 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 it.

“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 signwriting.

“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.”

 
 

The tour 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?

“I know 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.

“To be 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.”

As an international star who has everything he could possibly want why is Rod so keen to do such a punishing tour?

“I love 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.

“I love 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.

“I never 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…

“In the 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 

Rod Stewart is enjoying a family holiday in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Penny Lancaster and several of his children.

The 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.

She 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 children

Joining him were his eldest daughter Kimberly Stewart, 39, who he had with model and actress Alana Stewart.

Also 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.

He 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 it

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

Roses album.

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.”

AMAZING GRACE

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 written.”

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).

HAIR RAISING

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 singing.”

Rod Stewart plays Páirc Uí Chaoimh May 25, SSE Belfast, December 2 and 3Arena, Dublin, December 4

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