June 2017

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster donate the proceeds from their wedding vow renewal pictures to the Grenfell Tower fire fund

PENNY Lancaster and Rod Stewart have donated the fee from their vow renewal wedding shoot in Hello! magazine to the Grenfell Tower fire victims fund.

The couple, who wed 10 years ago in Portofino, renewed their vows recently at their 18th century mansion and in lieu of gifts, they asked their guests to donate to the relief fund

The devastating fire ripped through the Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington on June 14 leaving 80 confirmed dead but the true death toll will not to be known until later this year.

Speaking on Loose Women, Penny said they wanted to give back while celebrating their special day.

She said: “My husband just said: ‘Look I know we said no gifts but how about I just hand a hat around and everyone makes a donation to the terrible fire that happened in Grenfell Tower’.

“And everyone was generous to do that and Rod quadrupled it and then afterwards we wanted to make some more money and thought we could sell some of the pictures.

“While the ceremony was going on we couldn’t help but reflect on all the families that were suffering and we were there having a fun time.

“But in the same essence it’s important that we put our arms around each other and share those moments together because you just never know do you?

She added: “So Hello! have been generous with a huge amount of money towards the fund in exchange for a few pictures and an interview.”

The intimate ceremony was attended by around 100 family and friends and two sons, Alastair, 11, and six-year-old Aiden gave the wedding rings to their parents.

HOT LEGS 

Rocker Sir Rod Stewart stripped down in the baking heat with fan blasting cool air at him at luxury pad in Essex

SIR Rod Stewart’s far too hot to roam his sprawling estate as he flops in a deck chair with a fan blasting cool air at him.

The rocker, 72, stripped down to his shorts and T-shirt as he relaxed in the baking sun, while his pet pooch hid in the shade.

Wife Penny Lancaster, 46, posted a pic of the singer on Instagram, with the caption: “Rod’s biggest fan.”

It’s thought the snap was taken at his luxury pad, Durrington House in Sheering, Essex.

Meanwhile, Glastonbury revellers, right, also soaked up the rays ahead of the famous music festival as England basked in 33.9°C (93°F) heat on its hottest June day in more than 40 years.

He's a rock god of a generation and so it comes as no surprise that Rod Stewart knows exactly how to entertain a crowd. 
The 72-year-old defied his years as he put on a very energetic display in Hayrkon park in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday night. 
Throwing some serious shapes, Rod whipped his fans into a frenzy with both his moves AND his wardrobe choices. 
 
Opting for a silver foil blazer, he flashed a hint of chest with the buttons of his star-print shirt undone.
 

His blonde mane was typically coiffed and he completed his look with a pair of embellished Gucci sneakers. 

Stewart has sold more than 100 million albums, rocked a thousand stadiums with hits including Maggie May, You Wear It Well, I Don’t Want To Talk About It, Sailing, Tonight’s The Night and Baby Jane, he’s had three wives, eight kids and is estimated to be worth £160 million.



 

ROCK LEGEND ROD STEWART LANDS IN ISRAEL AHEAD OF TEL AVIV GIG

he 72-year-old musician will take to the stage in Tel Aviv on Wednesday

As part of his worldwide ‘HITS 2017’ tour, Stewart will naturally be performing all the massive hits from his incredible career, classic rockers like “Maggie May,” “Baby Jane”and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” through to big ballads such as “Sailing,” “You’re In My Heart,” and “Tonight’s The Night.”

 

Rod Stewart's charm proves as irresistible as ever  

There’s a rollicking charm to Rod Stewart, a combination of his plain

speaking directness, his spirit-raising showmanship and the fact that the septuagenarian can still deliver on both while wearing leopard-print trainers and sequins.Stewart sprinted onto the main stage on the final night of the Isle of Wight festival on Sunday, his wiry legs showing no sign of slowing down, to deliver a roll-call of his greatest hits. Of course, for a man who has sold more than one million records and has had 31 top 10s, it’s impossible to cram a whole back catalogue into an hour and 50 minutes, but he rattled through the likes of Maggie May, Baby Jane and You Wear it Well with an enthusiasm and energy.

 

And it’s this good old-fashioned stagecraft, alongside that indistinguishable delicate and raspy voice, that has made Stewart a natural-born crowd-pleaser. His keenly observed songs, touching on subjects including teenage pregnancy, youthful freedom and, perhaps more surprisingly, homosexual murder, have a wonderful way with narrative and have struck a chord with millions. Not bad for a Brit found busking with a harmonica on the streets of London in 1962.

Over the years, Stewart has dabbled with everything from folk to disco to rock, new wave and the American standards, his good-time persona often disguising a depth of emotion. Indeed, he’s undoubtedly become the master of the anthemic cover version: Tom Waits’s Downtown Train and Cat Stevens’s The First Cut is the Deepest were delivered here with precision and sincerity. He also gave a fantastic blast to Tonight’s the Night, a fully loaded seduction song that’s potent enough to be up there with other Seventies powerhouses such as Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff and Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get it On. But his potent bonhomie didn’t stop there. He worked the crowd as he twirled his microphone stand around like a Samurai sword, attempted a Riverdance to Forever Young and kicked signed footballs into the crowd to his 1971 cheery belter, Stay with Me. There was plentiful support on stage, too, from a band that included the mighty Jimmy Roberts on saxophone, and a bevy of female backing musicians in short tartan kilts and ra-ra skirts – The Rodettes, as they have become to be known. The loudest cheer of the night, however, went to Stewart’s five-year-old son Aidan, who joined his dad on stage for a dance. It’s this bond with the audience that is one of the secrets of Stewart’s success. His parting gift was the gentle, stirring Sailing, and the crowd, arms aloft, sang along to every single word. Now in the fifth decade of his career, Stewart remains one of the greatest showmen – a little old-fashioned, perhaps, but that’s just fine.

Rod Stewart, 72, rocks the Isle of Wight Festival in a gold jacket as wife Penny Lancaster, 46, takes his granddaughter Delilah and sons Aiden and Alastair to watch the singer's set

 

He has topped the UK charts eight times over his six-decade career. 

And Rod Stewart proved he's still got it when he rocked the main stage of the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday. 

The singer, 72, wore a gold jacket with black lapels as he belted out his greatest hits. 

 

Rod teased the top of his chest in a plunging white shirt with a zig zag pattern along the front. 

He kicked and danced on stage in a pair of black trousers with yellow piping in front of a drum kit emblazoned with the Celtic Football Club logo.

 

The singer got into the party spirit as he boogied alongside his backing dancers, who shook tambourines in gold fringe dresses. 

Rod was the main act on the fourth day of the music festival in Seaclose Park. 

Rod's wife Penny brought the family and her trusty camera to watch the singer's performance on Saturday night.

The former model, 46, dressed down in a fuzzy cream jacket and jeans as she made her way across the field. 

She teamed her look with a white blouse and sparkly trainers as she led Rod's granddaughter Delilah Del Toro, five, by the hand. 


 

Little Delilah looked delighted as she attended the music festival in a tartan miniskirt and leather jacket. 

The daughter of Kimberly Stewart and Benicio Del Toro walked across the grass in black booties and slipped a pair of aviator glasses on her black top. 

Photographer Penny also brought along her sons Alastair, 11, and Aiden, six.  


 

Alastair dressed in a matching grey camouflage tracksuit, which he teamed with a pair of black trainers. 

Aiden dressed down in a pair of black trousers and a black cardigan, which he paired with a grey and green t-shirt. 

Penny met Rod in 1999 and the pair went on to marry in 2007.

 

Rod Stewart Durham concert review:

 

He was in their hearts, he was in their soul and on Friday night he gave the North East everything. The rock legend Rod Stewart lifted the 17,000 plus crowd at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street with an amazing selection of his greatest hits.

I first saw Rod as a cub reporter at Gateshead Stadium . Fast forward nearly 20 years and I’m now experiencing countless wrinkles but Rod is still utterly amazing in voice, looks, energy and stage presence.

He is the headline act at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday and if this concert in Chester-le-Street is anything to go by the festival-goers are in for a treat.

He is one of the few performers still capable of good old fashioned showmanship and the man with the spiky bleached blond mane strutted through a fantastic set at the Durham County Cricket Club concert .

Fresh from his sold out residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas he strutted on to the stage with his silver sparkly jacket, black sparkly shirt, black pants and Gucci sparkly shoes. Tartan hats and scarves were thrown into the air.

Fans were treated to decades worth of top tunes, including Tonight’s The Night, Downtown Train, Rhythm of My Heart, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Baby Jane, Maggie May and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy

No stranger to performing in the North East over the years, it was obvious Rod was enjoying playing here again as his thousands of fans lapped up the atmosphere.

He told everyone to forget the election and just get down. And at one point he dedicated a song to the Durham coppers who were there in vast numbers looking after us and enjoying many a selfie with enthusiastic Rod fans.

He also dedicated a song to his best mate Phil Collins who earlier week cancelled shows after suffering a fall..

As the performance came to an end, the anthem Sailing saw the whole of the stadium lit up by phones.

Rod disappeared but came back for one last song and everyone was hand waving and screaming.

Rod’s power, charisma and vocals have not been diminished by time.

It was a fabulous night delivered by an utter legend.

SOLID GOLD

Rod Stewart will dress up Hayarkon Park

 

It was the golden throat that defined an era. There was a time when nobody could touch Rod Stewart as a rock & roll vocalist – not Jagger, Daltrey or Lennon.

His seminal bluesy work with The Jeff Beck Group in the late 1960s paved the way for an astounding, simultaneous one-two punch of rootsy solo albums like Gasoline Alley and Every Picture Tells a Story and rollicking swagger and roll as the ebullient front man of The Faces, one of the most under-appreciated British rock bands of the early 1970s.

A teller of tall tales and honest heart breaker, he had an unmatched eye for the tiny details around which lives turn, shatter, and reform – and a voice to make those details indelible,” wrote Rolling Stone magazine in 1980.
“His solo albums were defined by two special qualities: warmth, which was redemptive, and modesty, which was liberating. If ever any rocker chose the role of everyman and lived up to it, it was Rod Stewart.”Self-penned songs such as “Mandolin Wind” and revelatory interpretation of other writers (“Handbag and Gladrags” and “Reason to Believe” come to mind) were sterling examples of that everyman role, but so was the breakneck, out-of-control quality of The Faces’ “Stay with Me” and the pub camaraderie of “Had Me a Real Good Time.”
By the mid-1970s, Stewart’s voice was still every bit as endearing; but with The Faces broken up, his guitar-playing partner in crime Ronnie Wood hijacked by The Rolling Stones, and his solo career sniffing for hit singles, Stewart had lowered the bar with his music and song choice.
The grit and rustic beauty had been replaced by spandex and a synthesized sheen that resulted in soulless hits like “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and notoriety for the models on his arms in the gossip column gristmill as much as his musical pipes.
Although Stewart’s disheveled vagabond attraction may have been smothered with show biz gloss, Hollywood-style outfits and that dreaded word for rock & rollers – “maturity” – his rooster hair, good cheer and uniquely weathered voice have endured through decades.
The multiple Grammy winner has sold more than 130 million records worldwide, he’s a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (solo and with The Faces) and is a staple on classic rock radio stations worldwide with massive hits like “Maggie May,” “Baby Jane,” “Sailing,” “You’re in My Heart” and “Tonight’s the Night.”
Along with other musical icons from the 1960s such as Bob Dylan, Stewart has spent recent decades digging into the pre-rock musical bedrock for a series of well-received albums of pop standards from Great American Songbook writers like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin. The albums proved enormously successful, matching his record sales from the 1970s and proving that his voice effectively cut across genres.
When he takes the stage on June 14 at Hayarkon Park, the now Sir Rod Stewart (he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth last year), it will be as a musical institution. And if any confusion remains over what to expect, the all-caps name of his current tour – which is stationing itself in Las Vegas later this year – is HITS 2017.
Based on his last visit to Israel in 2010 at the Ramat Gan Stadium, the concert will hardly be a sedate affair. The fanatical soccer fan belied his then-65 years by kicking 20 balls into the crowd during “Hot Legs.”
During that 21-song set, Stewart reinforced his fashion-plate status by changing jackets over the course of the evening from gold to white, purple and pink.
Stewart can still get down and dirty – he’s just learned how to do it in style.
Rod Stewart will perform on June 14 in Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv.

 

Rod Stewart in Shrewsbury

It was one legendary rocker that brought thousands of fans through the doors of Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

The 72-year-old music legend has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and fans were in high spirits when they filed into the venue to see the Maggie May singer. Large queues formed for those turning up an hour before the concert and all bags were searched as people made their way in.

Construction manager Adam Ellis-Morgan was at the concert with his partner Jackie Marvell. Mr Ellis-Morgan, aged 48, of Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, said: “This is the third time I’ve seen him. I saw him at the NEC 15 odd years ago.

“He’s one of those classic artists.

“He’s one of those superstars who are few and far between, a bit like Elton John. I like his old stuff like Maggie May and Forever Young is a classic.

“The best album has to be Atlantic Crossing. I’ve been very excited to see him again. I’m surprised he’s come to Shrewsbury.”

Ms Marvell, 48, of Monkmoor, said it was her first time seeing Sir Rod in concert but she once sat on a plane next to a man who claimed to have tiled his bathroom.

She said: “He’s got great charisma. I like his old songs like Sailing and Maggie May. I’ve been really excited and have just hoped that the rain holds off.

“It’s absolutely brilliant he’s come to Shrewsbury and given everyone an opportunity in this county to see such a superstar.”

 

Wendy Barnes, 61, and her 64-year-old husband Mike Barnes were also in high spirits

Mrs Barnes, of Oxon, Shrewsbury, said: “He’s amazing. My husband and I met in 1972 and we’ve been super fans ever since. I like everything about him – his voice, his personality.

“This is the first time I’ve seen him. It was on my bucket list.

“This was a birthday treat for me. It’s the highlight of my life. I got the tickets as soon as they went on sale.”

Debra Jones, who lives near Church Stretton, also snapped up tickets to his show as soon as they went on sale.rits at the concert.

The 52-year-old, who came with friends, said: “We sing his songs when we do karaoke. I like him. He’s a family man. It’s brilliant that he’s come to Shrewsbury to do a concert. It’s just down the road so it’s handy.”

Mother-of-three Lisa Jarvis, who works as a care and support worker, was also at the show with her husband Mark.

The 50-year-old, of Harlescott, Shrewsbury, said: “I’ve been really excited.

“It’s my first time. I’ve never seen him before.

“I love his music. I like quite a lot of the old stuff.”

Mr Jarvis, 55, who works as an antique dealer, said he had seen the music star in concert about 10 times.

“I’ve seen him all over the country,” he said.

“I’ve been a fan since I was 17.

“I like his style and there’s always a story behind his records.

I’m so glad he’s come to Shrewsbury. I didn’t think he would come here.”

Mother-of-two Sue Booth, of Apley, Telford, said she came looking for a good night out.

She said: “He’s entertaining.

“I love when he sings The First Cut Is The Deepest.”

Great grandmother-of-two Jean Purfit came to the concert armed with a placard that read Welcome 2 Shrewsbury Rod.

The 80-year-old, of Belvidere, Shrewsbury, also wrote Sir Rod a letter, and dropped it at the football club before the gig, requesting that he sing Rhythm Of My Heart.

She said: “I love that song. It’s my favourite.

“I’ve always liked him. I’ve brought my family along.”

Linda Morgan was joined by her friends at the concert.

The 60-year-old, of Wellington, Telford, said: “I try to go and see him when I can.

“I’ve been going to see him since 1977. I’ve been to see him all over the place.

“Blondes Have More Fun was my first concert. I love his music.

“I think it’s fantastic he’s in Shrewsbury. My dream is to see him in Las Vegas.”

The superstar’s hit songs include Maggie May, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy and Sailing.

It was one of only two mainland Britain concerts the veteran performer will do this year in preparation for headlining the Isle of Wight Festival on June 11.

The preparations for the concert involved putting in a gigantic stage stretching across the pitch in front of the North Stand, covering the turf and installing an extra 10,000 seats.

Even the dug outs, advertising hoardings, and press seats were removed.

The stage stretched the width of the pitch and reached out to the edge of the 18-yard-box, usually patrolled by Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler.

It took the production company responsible for the gig, Cuffe & Taylor, around 72 hours to put it up, with a team of 50.

  1. Having a Party
  2. It's a Heartache
  3. Love Is
  4. Some Guys Have All the Luck
  5. Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)
  6. Rhythm of My Heart
  7. Forever Young
  8. Can't Stop Me Now
  9. Downtown Train
  10. The First Cut Is the Deepest
  11. Ooh La La
  12. I Don't Want to Talk About It
  13. Have I Told You Lately
  14. Baby Jane
  15. Maggie May
  16. Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
  17. Sailing
  18. Stay With Me

Rod and Penny on holiday in St Tropez

She shot to fame with her racy photoshoots as a lingerie model.

And Penny Lancaster showed she still has her model's figure when she wore a plunging kaftan on a family holiday in St Tropez on Thursday.

The model, 46, held hands with her husband Rod Stewart, 72, as the pair strolled through the French town with their son Aiden, six. 


 

Penny looked relaxed as she walked down the street in a striped bikini, which she covered with a sheer kaftan.

She teamed her ensemble with a pair of white shorts and silver sandals as she enjoyed the warm weather in the south of France.

 

Penny paired the look with tortoise shell sunglasses and a straw beach bag as she wandered around the town. 

Her rocker husband Rod wore a coordinating outfit, with a shirt adorned with a  newspaper print on the front.


 

He unbuttoned his shirt to his navel, showing off his many necklaces, and teamed the shirt with a white hat with a black band. 

He completed the outfit with a pair of white trousers, a cream belt and white shoes.  

The pair were joined by their youngest son Aiden, six, who trailed behind his parents in a white t-shirt with black shorts.  


 

The youngster seemed to be a bit tired from the walk and Rod tried his best to cheer him up.

Aiden sat on the ground and fiddled with Penny's shoes as she stood about waiting in the French town. 

Rod swung a shopping bag in his hand as the family made their way down the street and Penny stepped on to a boat. 


 

Penny and Rod met in 1999 and the pair went on to marry in 2007. 

Ten years on, the couple look just as smitten during their holiday in St Tropez.  

The model shares two sons with her rocker husband - Alastair, 11, and Aiden, six. 



 

Rod Stewart backs campaign to revive Leith Theatre

Rod Stewart, The Proclaimers, Trainspotting star Ewen Bremner and Garbage singer Shirley Manson have thrown their weight behind a bid to bring a derelict concert venue back to life after three decades.Rod Stewart, The Proclaimers, Trainspotting star Ewen Bremner and Garbage singer Shirley Manson have thrown their weight behind a bid to bring a derelict concert venue back to life after three decades.

They have agreed to become official ambassadors for a campaign to restore Leith Theatre, which once played host to the likes of AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Slade and Kraftwerk, to its former glory.

 

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and director Danny Boyle have already endorsed the campaign over the building, which was gifted to Leith after its controversial amalgamation with Edinburgh in 1920, but has had a troubled history since opening in 1932.

 

It was badly damaged after being struck by a bomb during the Second World War and was closed for 20 years before it finally reopened in 1961.

As well as hosting pop and rock concerts, Leith Theatre would go on to become a mainstay of the Edinburgh International Festival but was eventually closed down in 1988 due to its declining condition.

The Leith Theatre Trust was created to try to save the building in 2004 after the city council proposed selling it off to help pay for a refurbishment of the King’s Theatre.

A spokeswoman for the Leith Theatre Trust said: “We want to make the Leith Theatre complex as vibrant and exciting as possible for those who live in Leith and for the city of Edinburgh.

 
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