Rod Stewart Scores Career First With New Album 'You're in My Heart,' With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

He earns his first Classical Albums No. 1, almost 50 years into his chart history.

Nearly 50 years into his Billboard chart career, Rod Stewart achieves a first, as his new album, You're in My Heart, with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, becomes his first No. 1 on the Classical Albums survey.

In his initial visit to the chart (dated Dec. 7), the set starts with 5,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.

The honor arrives just over a week shy of the 50th anniversary of Stewart's Billboard chart debut, as he made his first appearance on any ranking with The Rod Stewart Album, which entered the Billboard 200 (at No. 200) on the list dated Dec. 13, 1969.

In the half-century since, Stewart, 74, has earned four No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and four No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. His breakthrough smash, "Maggie May" (backed by B-side "Reason to Believe"), topped the Hot 100 for five weeks in 1971 and he earned subsequent leaders "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" (eight, 1976-77), "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (four, 1979) and "All for Love," with Bryan Adams and Sting (three, 1994).

Stewart also boasts three No. 1 songs on Adult Contemporary and one each on Dance Club Songs ("Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?," 1979), Mainstream Rock Songs ("Downtown Train," 1990) and Pop Songs ("All for Love," 1994), along with a leader each on Top Rock Albums and Top Holiday Albums.

Rod Stewart superfan left 'shaking' after giving rocker special award for his Glasgow shows

Rod Stewart has been presented with a special award in recognition of his live shows at the Hydro in Glasgow .

The veteran rock star has entertained thousands of concert goers at one of Scotland's biggest indoor venues over the course of the last week while on his latest UK tour.

SSE, who sponsor the Hydro , presented the 74-year-old with an award after his show on Saturday night.

He was given the honour by a lifelong superfan Helen Gibson, from Aberdeen, who was selected by SSE from thousands of fans on social media to meet her hero and make the presentation.

It's the first time an award of this kind has been handed out.

Since opening the venue in 2013 with a four-night stint, the superstar has returned for a further six shows, delighting over 125,000 fans with his performances and an unmistakeable back catalogue of sing-along hits.

On receiving his SSE Live award, Rod said: "I can’t believe that was our tenth show here already.

"I’ve got fond memories of opening the venue and the fans have continued to come back and support me since, so it’s very special to receive the Ultimate Performer Award from SSE."

Helen, who travelled from Northfield in Aberdeen to be at the gig along with son Jamie, daughter Megan and daughter-in-law Michelle, has been a fan of Stewart all her life, having been brought up listening to his music before sharing her love for the former Faces frontman with partner Alec.

An emotional Helen said: "I can’t quite believe what’s happened. Rod’s music has been such a big part of my life so to get the chance to meet him and present this special award is just a dream come true.

"I was shaking a little but Rod was really nice and calmed me down right away. His shows are always amazing and I just hope he comes back to The SSE Hydro another ten times at least."

Seán O’Meara joins Rod Stewart on stage

‘Grace’ composers Seán and Frank O’Meara were invited by Rod Stewart to take to the stage at the 3 Arena last night. The O’Meara brothers became part of the pop superstar’s sell-out concert by joining a troupe of leggy blonde performers while Stewart bellowed out ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ to wild applause. Seán O’Meara is the former MD of Young Advertising.

The two brothers composed ‘Grace’ in 1985, Seán writing the lyrics and Frank the melody.

Stewart first heard ‘Grace’ sung by Celtic fans. The ballad, which became a trademark song for Jim McCann, tells the story of 1916 Rising leader Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford, who were married in Kilmainham jail just before Plunkett’s execution. The O’Meara brothers appeared on the Late Late Show in March year to thank Stewart for embracing ‘Grace’.

Stewart defied an alleged ban by BBC bosses stopping him from singing the ‘anti-British’ song on breakfast TV. Every time ‘Grace’ is played, the O’Meara brothers earn royalties. A seasoned Manchester United fan, Sean O’Meara would also have been chuffed – if not a tad relieved – to see his club beat Jose Mourinho’s Spurs 2-1 at Old Trafford last night.

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster rock the night away as they share update on singer's health

The couple threw a fundraising evening for Teenage Cancer Trust

Cancer is still a highly emotive and raw subject in the home of Sir Rod Stewart and his wife Lady Stewart – better known as Loose Women's Penny Lancaster – and their sons Alastair and Aiden. It is less than three months since the legendary rocker, who turns 75 next month, announced publicly that he had beaten prostate cancer, having been diagnosed in February 2016 during a routine check-up.

 

 

Sir Rod had told guests at a fundraising evening with his former Faces bandmates Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood: "No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody. I'm in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early."

Rod performed at the inaugural Memories that Matter fundraising gala

Last week the singer – who HELLO! can exclusively reveal will finally be clear of cancer drugs at Christmas – and Penny had a chance to give something back. And they did so in style, at the inaugural Memories that Matter fundraising gala, which they hosted at London's Rosewood hotel. They had meticulously planned the event, at which Sir Rod performed, and the "memorable night" raised an impressive £1.1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

"We started working on this project 12 months ago," Penny told HELLO!. "From the simple things, like designing the table layouts, to the tablecloths and the little napkins, meeting with the florist, deciding on every fine detail, working with the sponsors, the drinks distiller and designing the Rod and Penny cocktails."

The couple spent 12 months working on the project

She told guests: "To represent our house in Florida, we had palm trees. To represent the house in Scotland, we had purple thistles. Wherever we go for dinner, Rod calls ahead to make sure they have white tablecloths, otherwise he doesn't attend. So there were white tablecloths. We have a special dessert called Rags to Riches, because as most people know Rod started as an ordinary lad and his favourite dessert was bread-and-butter pudding. But later in life when he became successful… actually when we got married our wedding cake was millefeuille."

Penny added: "We wanted people to feel like they were coming to a dinner party of ours that we had personally created, rather than just Rod being the performing artist. Only in our dreams did we think we would reach over a million pounds. We've been to a lot of charity events, and even with double the amount of people it's hard to raise that kind of money."

Penny looked stunning in a black and gold dress from Boudi Fashion

The enthusiasm with which Penny, who looked stunning in a black and gold dress from Boudi Fashion, bounced around the room chatting to the 180 guests, including singer Ellie Goulding, former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard and former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, helped swell the coffers.

Among the lots was a dinner date with Penny and Sir Rod at the Ritz, Penny's favourite restaurant, which sold for £75,000. A similar dinner date was offered again – this time with Penny and Rod promising to dance with the successful bidders – which went for the incredible sum of £100,000. Other lots included ringside seats at next year's Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder boxing match, a guitar owned and signed by pop star Ed Sheeran, and artwork by Ronnie Wood, which was bought by Kirkcudbrightshire-born David, who told HELLO!: "Great event for a wonderful cause. A million pounds raised with Scottish influences!"

Penny with Aggie Kasicka, who was diagnosed with cancer aged 20

Ahead of the auction, an emotional speech from 22-year-old Aggie Kasicka, who was diagnosed with cancer aged 20 and spoke about the "amazing" support offered by the Teenage Cancer Trust, brought the purpose of the evening into sharp focus. Two rip-roaring sets from Sir Rod and his band – including hits Maggie May and Sailing – later saw all the guests on their feet. At one point Penny joined her husband on stage and cheekily grabbed his bottom as he performed.

The couple had cocktails named after them

Talking to HELLO! after the event, Lady Stewart said: "Walking around the room in the evening, it seemed like everyone knew each other. There was a great atmosphere and a warmth. It felt more like a dinner party than a charity gala, which made it more personal for everyone involved to create a memory that wouldn't be forgotten, but also to raise incredible funds – and I think they saw how genuine Rod and my involvement was.

"The speech by Aggie was so beautiful and composed. She was so brave and I have absolute admiration for her. Cancer has also affected my sister-in-law, who was diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago. She's going to be celebrating ten years of being clear next year. The Teenage Cancer Trust allows the young people to continue as normally as possibly and have fun during the sad times, which really strengthens the mind and helps them get through it."

The event was held at London's Rosewood hotel

Speaking about Rod, she said the prognosis is good. "Lucky he's been given the all-clear. He has had his last hormone injection, which suppresses testosterone – which is basically the food of prostate cancer. That's kind of a slow-releasing drug in the form of an implant and it lasts for about three months. So at pretty much Christmastime, his body will be free of all the drugs and hopefully he will just move on with good health.

"He's always in top health and fitness. Having been given that warning as well, it makes you even more on top of your game. Since hearing Rod's news, so many people have gone to be tested. Some people have said: 'I've got it, but thanks to you I've caught it early.' When he was diagnosed he took it on the chin, carried on working, carried on touring. He stayed really positive. A lot of the battle isn't physical but the mental attitude you have to fight something like this."

Penny with Memories that Matter founder and organiser Mark Aldridge

The gala is the brainchild of Memories that Matter founder and organiser Mark Aldridge, a Teenage Cancer Trust patron and friend of Penny's, who approached her with the idea a year ago. Mark is hoping to host the event annually, enlisting the support of different stars to organise it each year. "Memories that Matter is all about the importance and power of memories," he said. "This is a truly unique concept, where a global artist curates the entire experience."

 
 

Celtic superfan Jay Beatty meets up with Rod Stewart at Belfast concert

CELTIC superfan Jay Beatty met up with another well-known Hoops supporter - Rod Stewart.

The popular youngster, who is a Celtic FC Foundation Ambassador, attended the singer's concert in Belfast last night and shared a picture of the meeting on his social media. 

In the sweet picture, Jay, who is also involved in championing those living with Down's Syndrome, can be seen giving Rod, 74, a hug.

Jay's dad said: "A very happy Bhoy, just off to sleep. Hail Hail."

One fan said: "Love it, wee Jay Bhoy."

Market Deeping Model Railway Club featured on TV with Sir Rod Stewart

Singer Sir Rod Stewart has become an honorary member of Market Deeping Railway Club after coming to its rescue in the aftermath of devastating vandalism.

The singer donated £10,000 to help the club get back on its feet after their exhibition was trashed at a Stamford School in May.

On Monday, Sir Rod and club chairman Peter Davies were side by side on the sofa on BBC1's The One Show.

Sir Rod Stewart and chairman of Market Deeping Model Railway Club Peter Davies on The One Show

Peter said afterwards: "It was truly wonderful to be able to thank Sir Rod in person for donating £10,000 to aid our club's recovery, and to explain our ongoing plans, as well as to thank all those who donated so generously both financially and with donations of stock."

When Peter walked across the studio to join Sir Rod, the pair embraced.

Sir Rod has been a railway fan all of his life, relating on The One Show his disappointment when his father bought him a guitar rather than a model railway.

He also recounted how he used to have a second hotel room on tours where he could make model railway layouts.

Sir Rod is the cover story on December's issue of Railway Modeller, which features an exclusive interview with the singer who spent 23 years creating a model of a US city with a railway at its heart.

Peter said: "Sir Rod's own layout is a true example of dedication to the hobby, showing as it does the minute detail he has managed to achieve, not just in running trains but in all the scenic effects he, alone, created.

"It's an inspiration to us all."

Peter gave Sir Rod an honorary membership of the Market Deeping club as a "thank you gift" for his support.

The repair bill following the vandalism was estimated at £30,000 but more than £100,000 - including Sir Rod's donation - was given by model railway enthusiasts at home and abroad.

 

Rod Stewart would love a movie made of his life and his sons to play his early days

The former Faces frontman is open to a big-screen biopic just like old pal Elton John’s Rocketman or Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Rock star Sir Rod Stewart has admitted he would love to see his life story made into a film.

And he wants his youngest sons to play the early years in his 55-year career.

The former Faces frontman is open to a big-screen biopic just like old pal Elton John’s Rocketman or Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Rod, who has just completed a three-night run in Glasgow and plays Belfast tonight and Aberdeen on Saturday, said: “I’d welcome it with open arms.”

The 74-year-old Celtic and Scotland fan, who recently revealed he had beaten prostate cancer, said: “I can’t make someone make a film about me. But my two boys have offered to play me in my younger years, especially the little one who is a dead ringer of me.”

Aiden Patrick, eight, and Alistair Wallace, 14, are dad-of-eight Sir Rod’s sons with third wife Penny Lancaster who he wed in 2007. Rod describes himself as “a veteran” joking that while Robbie Williams is middle-aged: “I’m a grandaddy.”

 

His new album You’re In My Heart celebrates his career in a reflective run through some of his greatest hits. He said: “It’s really been a remarkable career and there aren’t that many of us around now.

“They’re either dead, or there’s me, Elton, The Rolling Stones and a few others.

“We all started at the same time and we’re still at it. The others are on the wrong side of the grass.

Rod has put the wild side of life behind him and now enjoys a couple of glasses of wine every night with dinner.

He said: “I refuse to drink water with a beautiful dinner that my chef cooks.

“If I’m an alcoholic, then I’m an alcoholic.

“I know people who have 10 cups of coffee a day, but they don’t call them a coffee addict.”

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