Modern family! Penny Lancaster, 42, carries her own luggage while husband Rod Stewart, 68, takes care of son Aiden, aged two, as they touch down in Miami

 

Talk about role reversal.

While touching down in Miami, Florida on Friday, Penny Lancaster, 42, carried her luggage as her husband Rod Stewart, 68, looked after their son Aiden, aged two.

But there was one thing the family was on the same page about: all were decked out in sharp-looking dressed-down attire.

 

 

The statuesque blonde looked lean in her figure-hugging denim trousers as she rolled a suitcase behind her.

Completing her getup was a grey T-shirt and a blue leather jacket as she hid her highly recognisable face behind a pair of aviator shades.

Later she held onto a heavy looking rolly but still managed to smile

Looking appropriately like an elder statesmen of pop, Rod sported black leather shoes and stovepipe jeans.

Tucking a white button down into his denim trousers, the 68-year-old donned a blazer as he carried a white fedora in one hand.

Their adorable child was the most casual of the trio in trainers, jeans, and a simple burgundy long sleeve shirt.

 

 

Rod and Penny, who tied the knot in 2007, revealed that it took two years for them to conceive Aiden, and they had to resort to IVF.

Speaking to Hello Magazine shortly after his birth in 2011, the rocker said: 'Aiden truly is a miracle. In the beginning we took it for granted that our second child would be as easy to conceive as Alistair was, but the long journey was more than worth it.'

Rod has previously said Aiden will be his last child, adding: 'I can't have any more kids, otherwise I'll be touring until I'm 90.'

 

Rod features in Model Railroader Magazine February 2014

 

The rock ‘n’ roller puts the finishing touches on his HO scale layout’s city centerpiece. Page 59

 

RodStewartreachesamilestone

 

 

Model Railroader has been the leading model train magazine for the past 75 years.  Each month, we bring you step-by-step modeling projects, fascinating photo tours of model train layouts, unbiased product reviews, new product announcements, tips from the experts and much more!

 

 

 

Preview issue here

 

http://mrr.trains.com/videos/issue-preview/2013/12/video-inside-the-february-2014-model-railroader

Bobby Womack returns to the studio to record new album

 
Soul veteran prepares follow-up to The Bravest Man in the Universe with guests including Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder

 

By Sean Michaels

The Guardian

24/12/2013

Bobby Womack is preparing the follow-up to his 2012 album The Bravest Man in the Universe with Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, this time working with Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart and Snoop Dogg.

"I feel great," the 69-year-old soul singer said in a recent interview with Okayplayer. Despite battles with cancer and a recent Alzheimer's diagnosis, Womack is still playing shows and working toward the release of what will be his 28th studio LP. He even guests on the hotly anticipated new album by rapper Rick Ross.

It wasn't always easy. Coming out of hospital, Womack recalled, was "like a great boxer goin' out, and he can't box … I lost my sharpness, I lost my skills, you know?" But through rehearsing, gigging, writing and recording, Womack's skills returned; he didn't even wait for Albarn and Russell to ring him up.

"I told Damon and Richard that whenever they're available to record I will make myself available," Womack said. "But I was already working on a new album, I have Stevie Wonder on it, I have Rod Stewart, Levert, Snoop Dogg is on it, this lady from Motown – now what was her name?" And it's not just Wonder making a tiny cameo: there are apparently "a lot of songs where you hear Stevie Wonder singing the song and you hear me on the same song". He compared it to "Sam Cooke and Ray Charles … You don't get that style anymore."

Womack's 2012 album, The Bravest Man in the Universe, was one of the Guardian's favourite records of the year. Debuting at No 49 in the UK chart, it brought Womack to Glastonbury and earned him Q's album of the year prize. But it wasn't perfect, Womack admitted. "I woulda put more music in it and stuff like that," he said. "At the same time I went along with it, I liked what we were writing about."

Womack is scheduled to perform in Liverpool and Glasgow at the end of January.


Rod Stewart looks up at my "Dear Rod" open letter on the big screen, just before he begins to sing "Sailing" at his Dec. 14 concert at Montreal's Bell Centre (Photo by Richard Burnett)

 

The Gazette

16/12.2013

 

 

He did it! Rod Stewart – my favourite rock star ever – performed my all-time favourite song, Sailing, live in Montreal this past Saturday night at the Bell Centre after I asked him if he could sing it, in an open letter I wrote to Rod in my POP TART blog on The Gazette website.

“While I know the song is not on your setlist, you have never sung Sailing in all your years performing in Montreal, a city where you headlined the Montreal Forum more than any other performer in the 20th century,” I wrote. “Your Dec 14 concert at Montreal’s Bell Centre will be my 31st Rod Stewart concert, and I’m bringing my mom Liliane who will be attending her 30th Rod Stewart concert. So, on the eve of your Montreal show, I have just one last request, Mr. Stewart: Will you sing Sailing? Please?”

Stewart not only read  my open letter, but the night of the show also projected my open letter onto the big screen onstage in front of 10,000 exhuberant fans and said, “This chap has waited long enough!”

Then he sang Sailing! I was floored.

“What will you do if Rod sings Sailing?” CHOM morning man Terry DiMonte asked me on-air in studio this past Thursday, after I took my Sailing campaign to the airwaves (I’d also spent 30-minutes talking about Rod Stewart on-air with Barry Morgan on CJAD the previous afternoon).

To which I jokingly replied, “They’ll probably have to take me out on a stretcher!”

Stewart also added another rare song to his setlist that night, The Killing of Georgie (Pts. 1 & 2). As I wrote in my open letter to Rod, “I just want to say that if ever a straight boy deserved to be called an Honorary Gay, it’s our boy Rod, who holds a special place in rock’n’roll queerdom: His 1977 hit song The Killing of Georgie (Pts. 1 & 2) – an elegy for a murdered gay friend – was the first-ever Billboard Top 40 song about gay characters.

“The homophobic backlash was swift: The BBC initially banned the landmark hit and rumours Rod’s stomach was pumped after an all-night fellatio session have dogged the singer ever since because – like all gentlemen secure with their sexuality – he’s never felt the need to announce he’s straight.

“That likely has everything to do with his mentor, British blues legend Long John Baldry, the fabulous gay man who discovered a 19-year-old Rod Stewart busking in London’s Twickenham train station in 1964.”

Before he sang Georgie, Rod dedicated the song to “my friend, Richard Burnett.”

Well, I just about died and went to heaven. Just goes to prove that class acts like Rod Stewart still go out of their way to please their fans.

So thank you to Mr. Stewart and his people, many thanks to everybody who got behind my Sailing campaign, from Terry DiMonte and the crew at CHOM-FM and and Barry Morgan at CJAD 800 AM Radio, Montreal rock critic Philippe Rezzonico of RueRezzonico.com, Christine Montreuil and the good folks over at evenko, and the amazing Rod Stewart Fan Club who tweeted the hell out of my open letter. You made this Rod Stewart fan very happy. It really was a night to remember. Thank you!

Read rock critic Bernie Perusse’s spot-on Gazette review of Rod’s concert here, and watch a video clip of Rod’s performance of Sailing at the Bell Centre below, or byclicking here.Click here for the official website of the Rod Stewart Fan Club.

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Music legend Rod Stewart is aiming to bring his amazing stage show to Derry next summer.

Derry Journal

 

It’s believed the legendary rocker’s ‘Live the Life Tour’ could arrive in Derry in June.

The multi-award winning singer is scheduled to perform a series of gigs across England and Scotland next summer.

It’s believed Derry City Council is currently in negotiations to bring the 68-year-old Grammy winner to the city.

It’s understood the talks are at an advanced stage and centre around a massive open air gig.

The news comes just days after it was confirmed the Beach Boys will perform at Ebrington Square on June 26 as part of the Return of the

Clipper Festival.

A spokesperson for the Council said they were currently in discussions with a “number of artists” with a view to performing in the city next year.

“Derry City Council is in discussions with a number of artists and their agents about the possibility of performing in the city as part of our legacy promise for 2014,” said the spokesperson.

“No contracts other than the contract for the Beach Boys gig at Ebrington on June 26 are signed and no further details are currently

available.”

Stewart is one of the best selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

In Britain, he has had six consecutive number one albums, and his tally of 62 hit singles include 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the number one position.

He has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four of these reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Rod Stewart might add another date in South America

By Antonio España

15/12/2013

 

First info provided by Diego Fernandez Laborde and Pablo Miguens. 

 

According to Argentinian press, Rod Stewart might add a date at the GEBA Stadium in Buenos Aires Argentina, on february 22nd.

 

This new date might happen and maybe some more in South America, even if only the Viña del Mar Festival date has been confirmed so far (ticket sale will start on tuesday december 17th via www.puntoticket.com ) there hasn't been an official announcement on Rod's Official Channels yet.

 

As soon as this new date get confirmed by South American promoters/ticketing sites and/or Rod's managment we will provide all the information here.

 

History says Rod Stewart do allways come south of the border for a minimum of 3 nights per geographical area, with the exception of the Rock in Rio Festival in 1985 (2 nights) and the Copa Cabana New Year’s Eve concert in 1994:

 

1989: 6 nights in South America (Santiago de Chile, Montevideo Uruguay, Argentina x2 and Brasil x2) plus 4 nights in México (Monterrey, Querétaro x2 and Guadalajara).

 

1991: 3 nights at Mexico City' Sports Palace.

 

México 2002: 2 nights at Mexico City' National Auditorium and one night at the Acapulco Beach Festival.

 

2008: 2 nights at México City National Auditorium, 1 night at Monterrey’ Arena and 1 night at Guadalajara’ Telmex Auditorium, plus 4 nights in South America (Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile and 2 nights in Buenos Aires)

 

2011: 1 night in Perú plus 2 nights in Argentina (the second date in Argentina was added for South American promoters just hours after the date for Santiago de Chile was cancelled, wich might mean they had the compromise of 3 gigs in the area by contract).

 

2012: 2 nights at Mexico City’ National Auditorium and 1 night at Monterrey’ Arena.

 

So according to this statics, the just announced but yet to be confirmed date in Argentina might actually happen and it will be no surprise at all that one more night in South America, and even up to 3 nights in México around the same dates (most  likely after South America, around the first week of march 2014) could be announced in the next few days – maybe that’s why Rod’s management hasn’t published in the official Rod’s channels the Viña Festival yet, in order to make an announcement of the whole South American dates. México dates would be a real plus and there is no signals at all that it might happen, since promoters and ticketing companies in México does not have nothing to do with South American’ entertaining companies, and Rod played in México just one year and a half ago.

 

Here are the links to Argentinian press articles talking about the Argentinian date:

 

http://entretenimiento.terra.com.ar/famosos/rod-stewart-vuelve-a-la-argentina,5d9e57d59ede2410VgnCLD2000000dc6eb0aRCRD.html

 

http://www.acapasancosas.com.ar/rod-stewart-vuelve-a-nuestro-pais-22-de-febrero-en-geba/

 

http://ar.noticias.yahoo.com/rod-stewart-vuelve-argentina-213200454.html

 

http://www.diariodecultura.com.ar/musica/rod-stewart-vuelve-a-la-argentina/

http://www.elcomercial.com.ar/index.php?option=com_telam&view=deauno&idnota=395749&Itemid=116

 

 

Here is a link to the GEBA Stadium’ official website,  wich might be the venue to Rod’s gig in Argentina. It is a small esgrima, gymnastics and multipurpose stadium wich holds a 10,000 seats capacity on concert configuration. Also a link to Google Maps’ view of the Stadium:

 

http://www.portaldegeba.com/

 

http://goo.gl/maps/hRxBm

 

 

 

Rod Stewart Tops Hot Tours With Vegas Run

 


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13/12/2013

 

Veteran rocker Rod Stewart takes the No. 1 ranking on the weekly Hot Tours recap with more than $4 million in reported grosses from his third multiple-show run this year at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. 

His November stand at the 4,000-seat concert venue drew 33,213 fans at nine performances from Nov. 6 through 24.  He also did nine Vegas shows during the first two months of 2013 and seven more in July and August.  Altogether this year, he performed 25 nights at the Colosseum with ticket sales totaling $11.6 million.  Since his first run of shows at the Caesars Palace venue three years ago, he has played a total of 68 concerts with box office grosses topping $34 million.

Stewart’s touring efforts in 2013 were centered primarily in European markets from June through early October, but his Live the Life tour also included a string of North American arena dates during the fall that were originally scheduled for April, but postponed until October and December.  His tour is set to wrap for the year this coming weekend with a final show on Dec. 15 in Toronto.

Rod Stewart Asks Massachusetts Store Owner for His Autograph

In his long career, Rod Stewart has signed countless autographs, but recently he was starstruck enough to ask someone else for one.  No, it wasn’t some other music legend — it was the owner of a hobby shop in Peabody, Massachusetts.

NBC’s Boston affiliate WHDH-TV reports that when the 68-year-old singer was in Massachusetts for his concert in Beantown, he made a detour to a store called Fine Scale Miniatures in Peabody, just so he could check out a model train set there.  You see, Stewart’s hobby is model trains — he’s somewhat fanatical about it — and the owner of the store, George Sellios, has a setup that’s legendary in those circles.  In fact, it’s considered to be one of the most detailed in the world, and Rod had apparently always wanted to see it.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer showed up at the store with his daughter and his entourage, and was so in awe of Sellios’ train display that he told him he was going to tear his own setup.  “That made me feel kinda good,” Sellios told WHDH, adding that he couldn’t get over how regular a guy Rod was. 

“He was so down to Earth.  It’s incredible.  He was just like a little kid running around here, going from spot to spot.  Just so natural,” gushed Sellios.  “He gave me the biggest hug I ever got.  I ended up kissing the guy ’cause I got so excited: He’s Rod Stewart, you know?”

Before he left, Stewart asked Sellios for his autograph, and he had to be dragged out of the store, 45 minutes before his concert was going to start.  And yes, he gave free tickets to Sellios and his family.

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Rod Stewart to play at Viña del Mar Festival?

According to the mayor of Viña del Mar City, Rod Stewart will be performing at the Viña del Mar Music Festival in Chile. The announced date is february 28th 2014.

 

The news have spreaded very quickly among the South American press, but still there is no confirmation of Rod at the Festival Official Website, also still there is not confirmation by Rod's Official channels.

 

Here is the link to the Festival Official Website: 

http://www.chilevision.cl/2014/festival-de-vina/

 

Tickets for the festival can be purchased at Punto ticket from december 17th  - still Rod is not listed yet on the ticketing website:http://www.puntoticket.com/

 

Rod Stewart performs at Prudential Center on December 7, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.

 

7/12/2013

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Rod Stewart Rod Stewart performs at Prudential Center on December 7, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.

 

Rod Stewart Rod Stewart performs at Prudential Center on December 7, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.

 

Rod Stewart Rod Stewart performs at Prudential Center on December 7, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.

 

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Rod Stewart takes in city’s ‘Downtown Train’

 


Alan Burke The Salem News

7/12/2013

 

PEABODY — It was a meeting of two great artists.

And when model train buff and singer Rod Stewart visited George Sellios’ model train layout on Main Street in Peabody, the star was so entranced by what he saw his entourage had to pull him out of the room. “He had a concert in Boston,” Sellios laughs. “He was supposed to be there in 45 minutes. It got to be a half hour. ... He said he’s been trying to get here for years.”

Sellios’ Franklin and South Manchester Railroad, located on Main Street in downtown Peabody, has always drawn serious model train enthusiasts from all over the world. But Stewart might be the biggest name ever. “He’s such a down-to-earth guy,” said Sellios of his visit.

“It was a blast. I loved it.”

Passing the hair salon downstairs, Stewart was noticed and he drew a number of ladies after him. He graciously posed for pictures with them. “Everyone had to take a picture with him,” Sellios said.

The rock star explained that he has his own massive model railroad in California — “It’s 125 feet long,” said Sellios — but the British native half-joked that this project left him so awed, “I’m going to rip mine all down after this.”

The Sellios display covers up to 1,600 square feet and is crammed with incredible detail, from grimy buildings to potholed streets. In delicate HO scale it’s an uncanny depiction of a Depression-era city that tends to resemble Peabody.

“It was kind of surreal,” commented Sellios’ friend Ben Streeter of Andover, who was invited to meet Stewart. “He clearly had researched George’s layout.” Accompanied by his model daughter Ruby, Stewart had certain angles and sections of the work that he wanted to view closely. “He said it would inspire him to go home and work on his own layout,” Streeter said. “... He was amazed. Like anyone who sees George’s layout for the first time.” The visit lasted an hour.

Notwithstanding his self-deprecating style, Stewart has had his own work featured in model train magazines. Streeter noted, “He has a huge model of Grand Central Station. ... He does his modeling while he’s on the road.” At age 68, said Streeter, “He looks great. His hair was just as crazy as ever.”

For his part, Stewart owns several of the painstakingly fashioned buildings that Sellios sells at high prices through his Fine Scale Miniatures. “He kept hugging me,” Sellios laughed.

Both Sellios and his daughter Tara, who was also there for the Stewart’s visit, were given tickets and attended the singer’s Boston concert. “It was real entertainment,” said Sellios.

 

 

 

 

 

Rod in Boston

 

4/12/2013

 

 

 

Rod Stewart - Steve Winwood and Rod Stewart Perform in Boston

 

Rod Stewart - Steve Winwood and Rod Stewart Perform in Boston

 

 

Rod Stewart - Steve Winwood and Rod Stewart Perform in Boston

 

Rod Stewart - Steve Winwood and Rod Stewart Perform in Boston

 

Rod Stewart - Steve Winwood and Rod Stewart Perform in Boston

 

Rod Stewart - Steve Winwood and Rod Stewart Perform in Boston

 

 

 

The Faces Win Entry Into Ultimate Classic Rock Hall Of Fame

 

RTT news

4/12/2013

 

The Faces Win Entry Into Ultimate Classic Rock Hall Of Fame
 

The Faces have have been inducted into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame. Each year, the rock site nominates a selection of classic rock icons for inclusion in its hall of fame, and readers from across the world vote for their favorites online.

According to UCR, the victory by the Faces was unexpected given the stiff competition. "We're as shocked as you are . . . but, for the second consecutive month, Rod Stewart has knocked off Led Zeppelin in the finals of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, as the Faces [won] with 57 percent of the vote. With the win, Stewart joins George Harrison as the only two-time inductee."

During his entry vote, Rod faced off against Led Zeppelin, with the former gaining nearly 55 percent of UCR readers' votes. Earlier in the voting, Stewart defeated Bob Seger and Santana.

Rod Stewart: ’2015 Is Earmarked for The Faces’

 

Radio.com

 


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If you’re a fan of Rod Stewart‘s late-’60s and early-’70s eras, there’s some good news and some bad news.

Stewart called in to WZLX (a Radio.com station) and spoke with Carter Alan earlier today (Dec. 2) to talked about two potential reunions.

So, let’s start with the bad news: his much-hyped reunion with Jeff Beck. Not happening: “Well, we seem to have lost contact with each other, sadly. Jeff’s manager was the guy who was getting us together, but he’s fired the manager since then, so that conduit has been closed off.”

Which leads us to the good news: “I think we have got much more of a chance of getting the Faces back together, in fact, Ronnie [Wood]‘s office is talking to my people, and we’re ear-marking 2015.” So it appears that the Jeff Beck Group/Faces reunion tour that he was talking about earlier this year was just a good idea.

 

Listen to the entire interview at WZLX’s website.

 

Surprise Surprise - North Walsham charity fundraiser Barry Holden meets his rock hero Rod Stewart on emotional TV show

 


Monday, December 2, 2013
2:12 PM

 

 


MAGIC MOMENT: Barry Holden hugs his rock hero Rod Stewart.

 

Music fan and charity fund-raiser Barry Holden, from North Walsham, hugged his rock idol Rod Stewart in an emotional episode of ITV show Surprise Surprise last night.

 

And internationally-famous singer-songwriter Stewart told Mr Holden, of Birds Road, that he would appear as guest of honour at one of his charity gigs.

Mr Holden had been secretly nominated to appear on the show by his granddaughter Daisy who wanted the world to know about the £45,000-plus he has raised for children’s charities and other causes in the past 30 years through his annual Live Aid gigs in North Walsham.

Believing he was just one of the audience, Mr Holden was stunned to be called to the stage by show host Holly Willoughby who then recounted his fund-raising feats which began following the Ethiopian famine in the 1980s and resumed annually following the 2004 Asian tsunami.

A major feature of the Live Aid concerts is an auction of rock memorabilia which Mr Holden persuades stars to sign whenever he is at one of their gigs.

He had expressed his disappointment to his family at missing the chance to get Rod Stewart’s signature when he went to his Carrow Road gig in Norwich in 2011.

 

Tears flowed when Rod Stewart walked on to the stage, embraced Mr Holden and then sat and chatted. He signed a guitar for him and Mr Holden also went home with a signed platinum disc of Stewart’s latest album “Time”.

Surprise Surprise features ordinary people with exceptional stories to tell and rewards them for their efforts.

The popular show has recently returned after a 12-year break. Last night’s episode saw former presenter Cilla Black make a guest appearance.

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Rod Stewart gig set to raise thousands for hospice

 

by Rebecca Draper

Blackpool Gazette

13/12/2013

 


Blackpool FC players visit Brian House with Cuffe & Taylor boss Daniel Cuffe, at the front, as he reveals �1 from every Rod Stewart (below) ticket will go to Hospice Heroes.

 

Rock legend Rod Stewart’s stadium gig in Blackpool is set to raise thousands of pounds for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal.

Concert promoters Cuffe & Taylor today kindly offered to give our campaign £1 from every ticket sold for the music icon’s huge gig at Blackpool FC.

We are aiming to raise £200,000 to fund a major revamp at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.

Football fan Rod is playing a 25,000-capacity gig at the Seasiders’ Bloomfield Road ground in June as part of his UK tour.

And as well as the massive boost to our appeal from ticket sales, prizes will be offered and auctions held to further swell much-needed funds.

Peter Taylor, director of Cuffe & Taylor, said: “As a Fylde-based company, it’s great we can do something for the local community and help raise money for a wonderful cause.

“Every seat sold for the concert will mean another £1 for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal.

“We know Rod is a great supporter of good causes and is delighted his appearance is also raising money that will improve these hospice, which do such a fantastic job for the Fylde coast community.”

Mr Taylor and business partner Daniel Cuffe visited the hospice when The Gazette launched Hospice Heroes in October. They were so moved they said they had to get 
involved.

Blackpool FC manager Paul Ince, who visited youngsters at Brian House with members of his squad yesterday, said: “It is great Rod is coming to Blackpool and it’s great we are all helping towards The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.

“It’s superb for Blackpool Football Club and the town to all pull together to get behind such a good cause – I’m sure it will make a few quid from the Rod Stewart concert. The atmosphere is going to be fantastic.”

Goalkeeper Matt Gilks added: “It’s great to have someone like Rod Stewart playing at the stadium because I’m sure he will fill it.

“And with £1 from every ticket sold going to a place like Trinity and Brian House, improving the facilities for the children and patients, is brilliant.

“I’ve been going to Brian House for the last six years and it’s sobering and humbling to see the children there and what a great job the staff do. We will keep visiting to show our support.

“I’m looking forward to coming back next year and seeing the work that has been carried out thanks to The Gazette and Hospice Heroes.”

Star winger Thomas Ince added: “It’s great to see they are refurbishing the hospices. We want it to be the best facility it can possible be, and with the Rod Stewart concert, with the huge icon he is, I’m sure it will be a big success.

“More than anywhere else, Trinity and Brian House deserves it. We need to sell as many tickets as possible and make it a sell-out.”

The Gazette is aiming to raise £200,000 to help make Trinity and Brian House, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, fit for the future.

It will be the first major refurbishment, including replacing old furniture and creating new single rooms at Trinity, in its 28-year history.

At Brian House, the rooms will be made brighter and safer, and the kitchen will be renovated to make it more suitable for older children and young adults to use.

The money the appeal raises will be added to a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health to pay for the work.

Trinity’s fund-raising manager Linzi Young said they decided early on to put on an event to support the appeal.

She said: “We never expected something of this scale.

“When we heard it was going to be Rod Stewart performing at the football ground it was beyond our wildest imaginations. We’re absolutely thrilled.

“It will be a fantastic way to round up the appeal, as by the time to concert is on everyone will be able to see the improvements it has helped to pay for.”

Gazette Editor Jon Rhodes added: “It is such a fantastic and kind-hearted offer from Daniel and Peter and we cannot thank them enough.

“This is a massive boost for the Hospice Heroes appeal.”

Tickets for Rod’s June 20 concert have been selling fast.

Mr Taylor added: “The reaction we have had since announcing the tour dates has been amazing. There’s a real sense of anticipation for what promises to be a fantastic musical event.”

• For details on how to get tickets visit www.ticketline.co.uk or call 0844 888 9991.

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