Rod Stewart: The greatest singer in rock 'n' roll delivers a rollicking show
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The greatest singer in rock 'n' roll proved time is on his side with a heart-pumping nearly two hour set at Blossom Music Center Friday
Rod Stewart and company - a seven piece band complete with sax and harp and a crew of backup singers, violin players and dancers - did not disappoint the almost
capacity crowd at Blossom. The British rock great feature songs from throughout his six-decade career.
The super-fit 72-year old singer bounced on stage to an edgy "Infatuation" to begin the set, after a soulful Bar-Kays style intro by the swanky suit-clad band
and swinging go-go girls. His raspy voice was in fine form. A throaty "Some Guys Have All the Luck" followed, with a smooth sax solo.
"I heard about the traffic jams," the singer said thanking the audience for their patience. "This is going to be a spectacular show, one-and-half hours, maybe
It was one of several times Stewart took time to interact with his fans, some of whom held up banners from his beloved Glasgow Celtics. Before a powerful "Rhythm
of My Heart" he saluted the armed forces, especially those who fought in World War II, "which I was born right after," he said. "Without them, we wouldn't be here."
Before "Reason to Believe" from the classic "Every Picture Tells a Story" he recalled how he first played the song with "good friend Ronnie Wood." Friday's
version was tender but rocking, with Stewart's iconic voice perfectly framing the bittersweet mood.
This was followed by a rollicking, raucous "Maggie May," the stand-out song of the evening which got the audience standing and singing along. Accompanied by a
montage of classic Stewart photos from his '70s heyday and with a fierce piano solo, it was the highlight of the evening. Stewart's voice was in especially fine form on another early classic, an edgy
"You Wear it Well."
Ever the entertainer, Stewart used many of band's solos for outfit changes, from a sexy black shirt and jeans to a gold lame suit to a white track jacket and
pants with soccer trainers. Those were perfect for kicking balls into the audience, as the devoted soccer fan did quite impressively. 'There are two things in life you cant' change," he told the
audience. "Your mum and your football team." We know that in Cleveland, the audience's cheers seemed to say.
Stewart played almost all of his hits Friday, with the exception of "Every Picture Tells a Story." "Young Turks" became an anthemic sing-along. was Late '70s
chart-toppers "Tonight's the Night" and a sultry "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" were true crowd pleasers. The latter ended the set as Stewart and the band accepted roses from adoring fans. He even stopped to
sign a few autographs.
The evening was opened by pop goddess Cyndi Lauper. She bounced threw an energetic "Money Changes Everything," set to pictures of punk symbols and anarchy signs
and sang a tender solo "True Colors." But it was her powerful romp through "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," set to a montage of Women's Marchers holding "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-damental Rights" signs
that brought down the house and showed the true power of the '80s classic.
Rod Stewart: 'I have to do something' for kids
Disabled children, parents protest cuts in D.C.
(CNN) - Three weeks ago, a group of children with disabilities and their parents chartered a bus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and headed
to Washington to protest proposed cuts in Medicaid, the government health insurance they all rely on.
There was one problem. The trip cost about $30,000, and they'd raised only $7,000."I'm so nervous," organizer Angela Lorio said as she boarded the bus with her 4-year-old son, John Paul, who has
She never dreamed that relief would end up coming from Sir Rod Stewart.
The rock icon was at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, on July 10 when he watched CNN's story about the families on "Erin Burnett OutFront."
The story didn't have a happy ending. Despite their best efforts, the families did not meet with their elected officials or anyone from the Republican National Committee.
Minutes after watching the piece, Stewart emailed his manager.
"I've just seen something on CNN that's heartbreaking. It was a group of families with severely disabled children who are driving to Washington to confront about health care cuts. See if you can find
out who they are," Stewart wrote. "I'd like to help in some way."
"He was so touched and heartbroken and actually teary," Arnold Stiefel, Stewart's manager for more than 30 years, told CNN. "He said to me 'As a father of eight I have to do something now.' "
Stiefel wrote back to Stewart: "I can't think of a better cause. By all means."
Stewart's team contacted Lorio and her friend Jessica Michot, co-founders of Trach Mommas of Louisiana, and wrote them a check that covered the remaining cost of the trip.
Lorio kept a video diary as she deposited "the biggest check of her life" Monday afternoon.
"This is amazing!" she said. "We love you, Rod -- thank you so, so much!"
In one of Stewart's most famous songs, "Forever Young," he sings: "May the good Lord be with you down every road you roam." He ended his concert Tuesday night at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel,
New Jersey, with a video tribute to the families who took the road trip.
"Some of you may know that I live in America and pay my taxes here," the British singer said. "I'm neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but I am a father."
Now Lorio looks back at how the bus trip almost didn't happen.
Over the July 4 holiday weekend, families from the Trach Mommas group had participated in protests in Baton Rouge. When they felt that lawmakers hadn't heard their voices, Lorio's husband, Neal,
suggested traveling to Washington.
"I was like 'ha, ha, ha,' " she said.
The next day, Lorio and Michot attended the funeral of a 2-year-old girl, the daughter of one of the Trach Mommas.
The day after that, while in church, Lorio heard "that little voice of God" telling her to organize the trip.
"I was like -- seriously? God, if you want this to happen, you're going to have to do this for us," she said.
She never dreamed that Rod Stewart, whose music she'd listened to since she was a little girl, would be the one to step in.
"It was beyond our wildest dreams -- not just anybody paid for it, but Rod Stewart!" she said. "God always hears your prayers and answers them -- they just might not be answered in the way that you
Rod Stewart shows few signs of
age at SPAC
Two women strutted down the
amphitheater aisle in shaggy blonde wigs before Rod Stewart’s headlining set at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday night, in homage to the British singer’s rooster-like do. The soulful
rocker is in the middle of a five-week tour with ’80s icon Cyndi Lauper, with whom he shares a lively fashion sense and an iconic spiky hairstyle.
The two stars are also quintessential show-people, and
they put on one of the best shows of the summer — a rollicking double-bill that thrilled the packed crowd.
Aside from his somewhat diminished vocal range — in part
a result of surgery he underwent in 2000 — the raspy-voiced 72-year-old showed few signs of his age, and Stewart’s charisma as a performer transcended the vocal limitations.
During a 21-song set that drew from his greatest hits, he
swaggered across the stage in a gold tuxedo jacket during “Some Guys Have All the Luck,” executed jumping jacks during the sing-along “Maggie May,” and kicked around soccer balls during the
set-closing “Stay with Me” from his days with the rock band Faces.
Part of the success of Stewart’s show had to do with its
top-notch stage craft and the quality of his band and backup singers — a crew of consummate pros dressed in checkered jackets (the men) and red Celtic skirts (the women) who truly looked like they
were having a ball as they backed Stewart on classic ‘70s and ‘80s hits like “Infatuation,” “Forever Young,” “Tonight’s the Night” and “You Wear It Well.”
A video of Stewart being knighted by Prince William in
2016 played on the backdrop during the Celtic-flavored “Rhythm of My Heart,” a mid-set highlight followed by Stewart’s Grammy-winning tune “Young Turks” and his heartfelt Tom Waits cover, “Downtown
After this tour, Stewart returns to his long-running Las
Vegas residency at Caesars Palace. A series of acoustic tunes — for which the singer donned a satin lavender suit — had a bit of that Vegas crooner feel. He and his band sat on chairs along the stage
for “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” “Ooh La La,” “Reason to Believe” and massive sing-along “You’re in My Heart.”
Stewart exuded sexy vulnerability and genuine feeling on
Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately,” and encored with a goofily fun version of ‘70s disco hit “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.”
Shortly into her 11-song opening set, ‘80s synth-pop star
Lauper pulled off a long powder-blue wig to reveal her trademark hot-pink hair. She had come out onstage in black and white striped pants and a black top-hat for Wanda Jackson’s haunting rockabilly
tune “Funnel of Love.” The song appears on Lauper’s Nashville-recorded 2016 album “Detour,” from which she also showcased Skeeter Davis tune “The End of the World.”
But the crowd truly thrilled to the ’80s hits: quirky new
wave song “She Bop,” beautiful ballad “Time After Time,” LGBT anthem “True Colors” and smash “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun[damental rights],” which became a women’s empowerment theme after the Women’s
Marches of January 2017.
Later, Lauper appeared onstage with
Stewart during his headlining performance to duet on the Isley Brothers love song, “This Old Heart of Mine,” fulfilling a bucket-list accomplishment to tour with one of her idols, she
Concert review: Stewart, Lauper provide timeles
performances at Xfinity Center
MANSFIELD — There are concerts and then there are productions. Saturday’s Rod Stewart appearance at the Xfinity Center was a throw-back style Vegas show orchestrated by a 72-year-old who proved that
age is merely a number.
Stewart’s signature raspy voice never faltered in a 90-minute set that dazzled with showmanship and personality, changes from one flashy costume to the next, and stellar vocals that drew the audience
in close for their favorites in his songbook.
Backed by a seven-piece band clad in tuxedos with black and white checkered jackets that matched a checkerboard print on the drum sets and keyboard, as well as a gaggle of back-up dancers, several of
whom doubled as musicians, Stewart was simply a treat.Clad initially in a sliver lame jacket, a black sequined shirt, black pants and silver sneakers, Stewart humbly shared the stage with his
musicians who dominated solos in certain songs and added to the showmanship.
Stewart rolled easily through favorites like “Infatuation,” “Some Guys Have All the Luck” and a slow and sexy version of “Tonight’s the Night,” which also featured a sizzling saxophone solo by Jimmy
Roberts. Roberts also lit up the air later in the show on the sax segment of “Downtown Train.”
was a delicate harp intro to “The First Cut is the Deepest,” a pair of violins wailing in “You Wear It Well” and a riveting interlude featuring a pair of drummers and the percussionist wailing on
their instruments in “Forever Young.”The first portion of his set included a duet with his opening act Cyndi Lauper on the Isley Brothers classic “This Old Heart of Mine,” which showcased how very
similar his voice is to Lauper’s distinct rasp.
Although there were a few moments in songs like “You Wear It Well” and “Rhythm of
My Heart” where his voice seemed strained or tired, Stewart slid easily into an acoustic section that seemed to refresh him as much as the costume changes. He delivered strong versions of “Reason to
Believe,” “You’re In My Heart” and a sweet take on “Have I Told You Lately.”
Lauper also delivered a timeless performance that belies her age of 64. She
gyrated, leaped and cavorted across the stage for her hour-long set, her voice soaring to the prolonged high notes on such songs as “I Drove All Night,” “The Goonies R Good Enough,” and a closing
vocal boom on “Money Changes Everything.”
She also had moments in which fatigue showed in her vocals, particularly on “You
Don’t Know,” but Lauper, who came out in a black pant suit with flower patches all over, black top hat and a green wig pulled on over her shock of pink locks, showcased strong vocal chops on songs
like her bluesy version of “The End of the World,” a breathy “Time After Time” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Her closing number, an a capella version of “True Colors” was powerful
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper draw huge crowd in Tuscaloosa
Amphitheater managed to avoid another round of rain for its second show in a week, this time welcoming a pair of rock legends that packed the place Sunday
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper drew an impressive number of fans on a warm evening in the Druid City that saw a gorgeous sunset provide a perfect backdrop that saw both
singers in fine form.
Their 2017 U.S. tour rolled through Tuscaloosa, almost exactly four years after Stewart had to cancel a show at the Amp when he needed a couple of days of vocal
resting. Fortunately, the raspy Brit got the rest he needed in time for this Alabama gig, and the fans met him halfway.
Scores of folks rolled in with Rod Stewart T-shirts, spanning tours from one decade or another, some of them even homemade. Sunday also marked the first time the
venue implemented its brand new clear bag policy, so it meant a little extra time at the front gate, which opened promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Lauper would start right on time at 7:30, the pink-haired New Yorker rocking a top hat and holding a suitcase as he strolled out to warm cheers from the
Tuscaloosa crowd, whom she told an amusing anecdote about how she once visited in 1984 sometime around Halloween. She said she even entered a costume contest dressed as herself and
Review: Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper throw a Saturday night party at Tampa's Amalie Arena
Tilting and whirling, a sinful grin etched across his rakish
Stewart leaned into the crowd at Tampa’s Amalie Arena and promised them a party.
You can beat a rug, you can beat a carpet, but you can’t beat Saturday night,” he purred to the sold-out crowd of 12,000.
When you’re Rod Stewart, every day might as well be Saturday. All night, the evening's master of ceremonies danced, flirted and wiggled his tight-panted booty
with the panache of a man half his age.
His body? Yeah, the fans still want it, and they definitely let him know. And Stewart, 72, is totally okay with that.
Saturday’s show kicked off an epic long weekend of concerts at Amalie Arena, including Paul
McCartney on Monday andRoger
Waters on Tuesday. Stewart may not have the critical adulation of the former or the gravitas of the latter, but he’d be a hell of a lot more fun than either at a
Start with the crew he rolled in with, a killer band a dozen strong styled mostly in chic retro suits atop a checkered sock-hoppy stage. There were
percussionists, a saxophonist, even a harpist and string section, who donned cheeky schoolgirl skirts for You
Wear It Well. There were backing singers so game to match Stewart’s lively chops that he had them sing Tina
High, Valley Low without him.
But otherwise, the spotlight was all Sir Rod’s. His shirt unbuttoned to the bellybutton, his bird’s-nest coif and mullet dancing in the breeze, Stewart was
dancing and flirting with every audience member within sniffing distance from the get-go, with nary an ounce of shame about it.
His hits came early and often: Infatuation,
Some Guys Have All the Luck, Tonight’s the Night, Forever Young, Young Turks, Tom
Train (“This is a song that Tom tells me put a roof over his new house and built him a swimming pool because I recorded it”). On a stirring Maggie
May, Stewart shimmied and twirled with his mic stand; on a drunkenly woozy Stay
With Me, he punted an arsenal of soccer balls throughout the arena. He changed outfits at least three times, going through more sparkles and satin than a costume shop at Mardi
Was all this rock-star posturing masking issues with an aging voice? For at least the first half of the set, Stewart's high rasp did seem awfully low in the mix
compared to his band, which is normally not a good sign. He acknowledged the toll the years had taken prior to I’d
Rather Go Blind, recalling: ““I think we had three glasses of wine in the pub, and we did this one in three takes. Those were the days, ladies and gentlemen.”
But whenever the time came to sing loud and proud, Stewart didn’t back down. An full-band acoustic set in the middle brought his boldest and best vocals of the
night, including a rousing Ooh La
La, audience-inclusive You’re
In My Heart and heartfelt Have I
Told You Lately. When a fan preceded that last one by screaming “YOU’RE SO HOT!” at the outset, Stewart couldn’t help but crack up.
If Stewart was a quintessential cad, opener Cyndi
Lauper played the quirky foil unafraid to meet him, as she did when Stewart invited her out to grin and giggle through the Isley
Old Heart of Mine.
Lithe and scrappy at 64, the Grammy and Tony winner salvaged the relatively flat first half of her set through sheer force of personality, as she kicked, danced,
swirled her bubblegum hair, even ventured into the crowd to sing a few bars. While a vampiric twist on She
Bop and the wispy ska number Witness didn't
get the crowd up, Lauper's spunky spirit definitely did.
She played to locals' hearts and bellies by confessing her fondness for Frenchy's in Clearwater Beach, where she's eaten more than once ("I wanted to be chic,
but I was a little gauche: I wore my Frenchy's T-shirt in Saint Tropez"), and where she got Fried Oreos Friday night.
"It's not on my diet; I'm awful," she said. "So I order it. It was really a beignet with an Oreo on it."
But midway through, Lauper's band jolted to life with a driving heartland rendition of Money
Changes Everything that got fans to their its feet; and sparse, dulcimer-driven weepers Time
After Time and True
Just Want to Have Fun, Lauper spoke about how inspired she was this spring to see signs reading "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-Damental Rights" at women's marches across the country: "I was gonna
dye my hair a different color, but when I saw them pink hats, I said, that's it. I'm staying pink."
When a guy down front yelled for her to pipe down on the politics, Lauper clapped right back: "I don't know what your problem is, mister, but I'm sure the lady
right next to you will kick your ass."
Stewart, unsurprisingly, steered clear of political talk – with one exception. Before Rhythm
Of My Heart, his voice went sober as he announced: “Just in the last couple of hours, Mosul has been liberated. So that’s a big kick up the arse for ISIS.” Not since John
Cena announced the death of Osama
Bin Ladenat the WWE’s Extreme Rules 2011 has Amalie Arena borne witness to such an unlikely source of breaking news.
And yet Stewart still grinned and marched and saluted throughout the rousing song, ending it with a video montage of his elevation to knighthood last fall.
Somehow he made even that moment feel like a celebration.
Saturdays, after all, are for parties. With Rod Stewart in town, it can't be helped.
From rocker Rod to the Rodfather: Stewart, 72, didn’t even acknowledge his first child for 18 years as he was too busy chasing
but now he is a doting dad to all EIGHT of his children
Was there ever a prouder father than Sir Rod Stewart? The
Rodfather, now 72, has eight offspring. His paternal adventures began at the age of 17, and his youngest was born nearly half a century later, when he was 66.
Along the way there has been three wives, one long-term girlfriend
and a teenage fling.
He was, by his admission, not the best dad in the world in his
Lothario early days. But this weekend, pictures emerged of him gathering ‘the Stewart clan’ as he and wife Penny Lancaster renewed their vows for their tenth wedding anniversary. Six out the eight
were there, making the old rocker glow with pride.
‘It’s the best, proudest feeling to look at your kids,’ he says.
Expensive too — the adult children apparently get £7,000 a month from a trust, plus other contributions from the Bank of Dad, who is worth £170 million.
Many credit Penny with keeping all the plates of his complicated
family spinning happily. As she once said in an interview: ‘Two kids are the perfect number for me, although I always think of us having eight children because all Rod’s kids are so much a part of
our lives, like one big extended family.’
Rod, too, is a much more hands-on dad now. ‘He has learned to
compromise. He has become a lot softer and his elder children will even admit he’s a better parent who gives them more time,’ says Penny.
So, how have they all turned out?
Here’s the Stewart family story . . .
Sarah Streeter, 55, is
Rod’s oldest child. Her mother, Susannah Boffey, was an art student girlfriend of Rod’s and he was only 17 when she got pregnant. Sarah was put up for adoption and only learned about Rod when she was
18. They were reconciled in the early Eighties, but fell out of touch again until about six years ago.
He said: ‘At first it was hard to feel like she was my own. But I’ve
worked hard at it and now it’s beginning to feel like we’re family. Sarah had something of a chip on her shoulder when we first met, but it’s understandable.’
She now lives in East Sussex and is married. She said relations had
improved since her adoptive parents died. ‘The more I reflect on why Rod initially didn’t get very involved, the more I believe it had a lot to do with my adoptive parents. I think he was wary of
encroaching on their territory.’
THE FULL-TIME MUM
Daughter Kimberly, 37, is the older of his two children by Alana Hamilton.
She was five when her parents broke up and Rod was rarely around when she was growing up.
In her youth she was a socialite and pals with Paris Hilton, in LA’s
party-hard scene. She dabbled in modelling, launched a clothing label, dated the odd inappropriate rocker and got an embarrassing tattoo.
Rod sighed: ‘I’ve never told my kids what they can and can’t do, who they
can and can’t see. But I tell them I had my own bad times and I get it. I had my druggy period between 1979 and 1981, and you know what? I felt like s*** all the time.’
Life changed radically for Kimberly after she fell pregnant by actor
Benicio Del Toro. They were not in a relationship. She has not worked — other than appearing with brother Sean in a short-lived reality TV show — and been raising daughter Delilah who was born in
She has a fiery relationship with Alana, as does Rod. He said: ‘Alana and
I don’t see eye to eye on the upbringing of her two children. She’s the type who thinks money should be thrown at them. And I believe they have to work for a living.’
She used to live with the other grown-up children in the guest house in
LA, but now lives in a home in Beverly Hills bought by Rod which she used to share with half-sister Ruby.
Rod says she was one of his greatest supports when he was dumped by second
wife Rachel Hunter in 2006 and at his lowest ebb. ‘Kimberly was wonderful,’ he said.
THE BLACK SHEEP
Sean Stewart is 36 and has given his father enough worries to turn his
rooster barnet grey many times over.
Rod broke up with his mum, Alana, when Sean was only four, and was touring
the world, and chasing blondes, during his formative years.
Sean was going to nightclubs, getting drunk and doing drugs aged 13.
Dyslexic, and suffering OCD, he dropped out of school at 16 and says he was bullied. At 17 he tried crack cocaine, at 19, heroin.
I felt lost, I didn’t want to deal with my emotions so I just did drugs
and partied and acted out because I was hurting inside. I had no direction, I was searching for a kinship with my father,’ he said.
Sean served time in jail for beating up a man outside a nightclub, and was
once charged with attacking a couple with a brick outside a party.
He says that he has been clean since he was 30, runs a casual clothing
line Dirty Weekend, and is talking about opening a nightclub in Las Vegas.
A chip off the old block, for the past year he has been dating a blonde,
busty Playboy model Daisy Lea.
Nowadays Sean and Rod are close, and share a love of football and
shopping. Sean said in 2015: ‘I get a lot of love and support from my father.’
He lives in LA in what Rod calls ‘a little apartment, which I pay
THE COUNTRY STAR
Ruby Stewart, 30, is Rod’s daughter by Texan model Kelly Emberg, who he
started dating in 1983.
In his autobiography he said he had been planning to propose to Emberg,
but on the night in question met New Zealand supermodel, Rachel Hunter, who became his second wife. After their split, Emberg moved to Manhattan Beach, California, with Ruby and trained as an
interior designer. She married lawyer Mike Padilla, and they had two children.
Fiercely loyal to her mother, Ruby remained outside the Stewart family
circle until her teens and told an interviewer in 2008 that there was a point when she and half-sister Kimberly weren’t even speaking.
She recently paid a moving tribute to her mother: ‘She is the most
resilient woman I know.’
After a spell as a lingerie model, Ruby launched a music career and is in
a band, The Sisterhood, recently signed by Sony Records. Last month, father and daughter were spotted having a pint celebrating the deal.
She said: ‘Dad came to our first show and was crying because he was so
proud. It’s rare that my dad cries, so when he does, it’s like mountains move. I couldn’t even look at him when I was on stage because I saw him welling up in the front row. I knew if I looked I’d
start crying, too.’
Shy brunette Renee Stewart, 25, is Rod’s older child by Rachel Hunter. He
and Rachel were an item from 1990 to 2006, and separated when Renee was seven.
She was raised by Rachel in Culver City and Redondo Beach, California,
rather than being a Beverly Hills brat like siblings Kimberly and Sean.
She says: ‘We didn’t have the whole Hollywood thing going on. I was so
focused on dance and Liam [her brother] was focused on his sports. I was never difficult as a kid. The only times I’ve been in trouble with dad is over my dog (chihuahua Jagger) because she poos in
the house, which drives him mad.’
She has just finished a BA at the London Contemporary Dance School and is
keen on gym and yoga. Her stunning looks have got her some modelling jobs too, for Tatler, Pantene shampoo and a lingerie company Bendon.
Rod had put his wild ways aside when he married Rachel — indeed, she is
credited as the only woman to break his heart. He remained a close father to their children.
Rod and Rachel saw her in her final performance at LCDS. Renee, like
half-sister Ruby, says her dad sat with tears of pride in his eyes. ‘He tells me he’s proud of me all the time. He knows I work hard and I’m following my passion.’
THE ICE HOCKEY PLAYER
Handsome bearded Liam Stewart, 22, turned his back on a possible football
career in favour of ice hockey.
Liam said: ‘Dad’s supportive but he would have loved it more if I’d played
football because that’s his sport. He loves coming to watch me play, he enjoys watching the sport, but I’m not sure he’s always been sure of the rules.’
He signed for Coventry Blaze, one of the British Elite League’s top clubs,
last year and previously played in Alaska. He specialises in blocking shots — with the puck moving at up to 100mph.
He said: ‘I’ve broken my foot a couple of times and last year I shattered
my ankle, but it’s all part of being a hockey player.’
His Twitter account seems to indicate a love of the Liverpool FC, but he
told an interviewer: ‘I try to be a fan of Celtic, like Dad.’
Penny Lancaster and Rod’s marriage shows all signs of being rock solid,
and their boys, Alastair, 11, and Aiden, six, are the children he’s stuck around for.
Alastair is a gifted swimmer. This year, his doting dad lodged plans to
build a huge pool house in the grounds of their home in Harlow, Essex. A design statement says: ‘The pool is designed as a training pool for the owner’s son, who is achieving high level performance
in competitive swimming.’
Alastair also plays football. Penny said: ‘Come rain or hail, Rod is on
the sidelines of Alastair’s football matches. They support Celtic . . . football is about more than just a sport in our house.’
He and Aiden divide their time between Essex and Los Angeles. Penny says
she is determined to bring up their boys to appreciate their lifestyle. ‘They have to do chores around the house to earn money and save up. They need to understand that our lifestyle is not the
THE WILD CARD
Aiden was born after three rounds of IVF treatment just before Penny
turned 40. Rod says: ‘The office is now closed, mate. I can’t have any more kids, otherwise I’ll be touring until I’m 90.’
Penny says her youngest is known in the family as ‘the wild one, a right
little performer’. Sir Rod said last year: ‘He likes dressing up as a lady. So we don’t know which way he’s thinking.
‘He’s always dressing up like Mary Poppins. Hopefully he’ll grow out of
it. If he turns out to be a homosexual, that’s OK with me. As long as he’s happy.’
But Penny has no doubt who’s the biggest kid in the family: ‘Rod has
always been like my third child and my most demanding boy out of the three.’
Huge congrats to Rod Stewart! The 72-year-old singer and his wife Penny Lancaster
recently renewed their
wedding vows in England over the holiday weekend. The couple shared photos of the ceremony with Hello! magazine, and donated the money
received for the pics to the victims of the Grenfell fire. Early June, more than 80 people were killed when the blazed destroyed the London tower apartment block, which marked one of the worst city
fires in years.
Further, in lieu of wedding gifts, guests were also asked to donate to the Grenfell fire victims as well.
Stewart reportedly also gave a personal donation to the charity.
Ten years after they first wed in a medieval monastery in
Portofino, Italy, the couple pledged their love for each other once again under a beech tree at their 45-acre Essex home. The couple stood by their sons Alastair, 11, and Aiden, 6; Rod’s daughters
Kimberly, 37, and Renee, 25; sons Sean, 36, and Liam, 22; and Kimberly’s daughter, Delilah, 5. Lancaster's Cavapoo dog Bubbles also played an important role during the vow renewal, as he accompanied
the bride down the aisle.