Rock star Rod Stewart drops in to Melbourn for coffee and a chit-chat before watching his son play against village youth team

 

Customers and staff at a Melbourn restaurant had a special Valentine’s Day surprise in the form of rock legend Rod Stewart when he popped in for a coffee and a sandwich before watching the village youth team play football on Sunday.

The crooner, known for romantic hits such as Sailing and This Old Heart of Mine, arrived at The Sheene Mill by style in his privately driven Mercedes, before settling in for a coffee and a natter.

Rod has a bit of a love affair with the village – manager Serena Saunders said he used to be a regular at her parents’ restaurant the Pink Geranium when it was still open, and asked after the pair when he visited at the weekend.

She said: “Rod sat down and had a coffee, and spoke to quite a few members of staff. He was really chatty, and asked a few questions about the place. He’s very polite and very nice.”

Rod ate a bacon and egg sandwich before ordering a second coffee, which he took away with him in a glass to watch his son play football against youth team the Melbourn Dynamos.

But, ever the gent, Rod returned with the empty glass after the match and had his picture taken with members of staff.

Nicky Patel, U10s manager at the Melbourn Dynamos, said: “I was so impressed someone so famous was supporting grassroots football. He was so down to earth and was speaking to my parents – he was very complimentary of my U10s team.

“What was even more impressive was my 10-year-old boys knew who he was!

“My only regret is I didn’t ask him for a photo with my team. Hopefully when we meet them again I will get that opportunity.”

Rod Stewart admits David Bowie's death was a 'real smack around the head'

ROD STEWART has revealed how losing fellow music legend David Bowie earlier this month hit him really hard.

The Maggie May crooner described the singer's death, aged 69, as a "smack around the head", and said it made him realise you have to make the most of every moment.

Speaking on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 Drivetime show this afternoon, the 71-year-old opened up about being back on tour, his 29th studio album and what it was like playing in Las Vegas.

When asked about his previous cancer scare after the deaths of numerous notable stars, Rod commented: "Losing David was a real smack around the head, but we all do go eventually. Let's make the most of it while we're here."

The father-of-eight, who complained of having man flu during the interview, revealed how he recorded Another Country back home in Beverly Hills.

"We had a lot of fun… I've spent my life in dingy, horrible recording studios, so to be able to have the kids - because I've got eight - running around and giving their two cents, it was just wonderful," Rod said.

He added: "The problem with the Faces is we all went down the pub too much, we spent more money there than in the recording studio."

On the subject of family, a suffering Rod admitted: "I've got man flu! I've been getting so much stick all day from my wife [Penny Lancaster], mother-in-law, housekeepers… The ladies of the house. I'm weak… but I'm here!"

Finally, the London-born rocker spoke about his upcoming residency at Caesars Palace, which kicks off in mid-March.

"It's not only comfortable but it's probably the best place for sound and visuals - there's not a bad seat in the house," Rod remarked.

He then quipped: "Having said that, it does take a bit of sweat to get people on their feet as security comes over, but it pays rather well!"

Carlisle Utd chairman's meat treat for Rod Stewart

6 February 2016 10:27PM

Carlisle United chairman Andrew Jenkins plans to say thank-you to generous rocker Rod Stewart - by giving the star some meat!

The Blues' supremo, who is chairman of city-based food firm Pioneer, wants to return the favour after Stewart donated £10,000 to Carlisle's flood appeal.

The Scot, 71, is set to play a sell-out concert at United's Brunton Park stadium this summer.

And awaiting Rod will be a treat fit for any carnivore, according to Jenkins.

Stewart made headlines recently with his five-figure donation, which followed a story in The Sun in which Jenkins complained that only two Premier League clubs had answered his letter asking for memorabilia for a charity auction.

Writing in United's programme before today's game against Accrington Stanley, Jenkins said: "To my surprise, we had a call from Rod Stewart's agent who had read the story and wanted to donate £10,000 to the cause.

 

"I really was taken by surprise and it meant that a story I was concerned about had come to a happy ending.

"Thanks go to Rod and, as you know, he is performing at Brunton Park in June.

"I will find out if he likes meat and give him something just to say thank-you."

Jenkins added: "It goes to show there are still good people in the world."

Legendary rocker Rod Stewart arrives in Aberdeen for Celtic clash

A legend of rock and roll has arrived in the Granite City for Aberdeen FC’s clash with Celtic.

Rod Stewart has been spotted across the city, having arrived in Aberdeen to see his beloved Hoops play the Dons via his private jet.

He was spotted by staff at the city’s Chester Hotel who stopped for a picture with the legendary rocker.

Several people took to Twitter to say they had seen him across the city.

Rod Stewart Shares His Secrets to Having a Good Relationship

BY ABC News Radio | February 2, 2016

Rod Stewart is a well-known ladies’ man who has had romances with such beautiful women as Britt Ekland, Alana Stewart, Kelly Emberg, Rachel Hunter and his current wife, Penny Lancaster, so you’d expect him to have some informed advice on having a successful relationship. In a new interview with Men’s Journal, the legendary singer shares his opinion about what important things a man should know about a woman.

“A man who can make a woman laugh is halfway home, so to speak,” Stewart tells the magazine. “Never argue before going to bed. That’s a no-no. And never let a glass of wine affect your serious discussions.”

With regard to the latter piece of advice, Rod notes that he and his wife “talk a great deal, but not after we’ve had a glass of wine. We’ll wait until the next morning.”

He adds that his suggestions are “things you learn as the years go by,” while maintaining that “[m]arriage is a union of two people, so to be successful, you have to listen. I wasn’t always a good listener, but now there’s communication and courtesy.”

Stewart also talks about how men should handle a breakup, while revealing that he only had his heart broken once, when his second wife, Hunter, left him.

“I understand why they call it heartbreak now — because you can actually feel it in your heart,” he explains. “I took to holding a hot-water bottle against my chest. I was distracted almost to the point of madness. When you’re in the thick of it, just know there’s no way around or through it. Time is the only healer.”

Meanwhile, Stewart, who has fathered eight children with five different women, tells Men’s Journal that being a dad is “the most fulfilling thing I could possibly do.” He explains, “I love writing songs, but if there’s an eternal fountain of youth, I would say it’s bringing a couple of kids into the world — it keeps a smile on my face all day.”

His advice to parents is to let your children “learn their own way,” noting that if you try to stop them from doing something they want to do, “they’ll do it anyway, 10 times worse.”

The 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also discusses why he thinks he’s survived in spite of indulging in the excesses of a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. Rod admits that although he drank a lot when he was younger, he eventually learned the importance of moderation. He also point out, “I was never really a druggy-type person, because I played soccer all [my] life and I was always very aware of keeping myself fit.”

Stewart says that these days, he drinks three glasses of wine a day — “two glasses of white wine, a glass of red wine” — and he sleeps “very, very well.”

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