ELVIS INFLUENCE 

Celtic-daft Rod Stewart reveals secret history of Elvis behind You’re In My Heart

SIR Rod Stewart has revealed that he wrote You're In My Heart on the day that Elvis died.

The Celtic-daft rocker takes to Hydro stage in Glasgow later this month.

And ahead of his biggest ever UK tour Sir Rod has been talking about some of the stories behind his greatest hits.

Speaking in a video on his social media channels, Rod discussed You're in My Heart.

He said: "There's a sad story attached to You're in My Heart because I wrote that the day Elvis died.

"I was in Canada and we were just laying down the track and it was on the television in the studios.

"So every time I think of that song when I wrote it Elvis crops up."

Maggie May became Rod’s first big solo hit on both sides of the Atlantic, topping the UK charts for five weeks.

But Rod revealed record label bosses didn’t rate it because of its lack of chorus.

He added: "Maggie May, when it was first recorded, the drummer on the track Mickey Waller showed up without a drum kit.

"It's unusual for a drummer.

"So we had to run around all the other studios and borrow equipment.

"There were no actual cymbals so when we did Maggie May we had to dub the cymbals on another day afterwards.

"It's not a very professional way to go about it."

Rod Stewart devastated as he's forced to pull out of The Royal Variety Performance due to illness

The Maggie May hitmaker revealed the news just hours before the show

Rod Stewart has been forced to pull out of singing at The Royal Variety Performance just a few hours before the show, due to a throat infection. The singer shared the news in a lengthy statement on Instagram, admitting that he was "devastated" that he wouldn't be able to be there. He wrote: "Due to a throat infection and on strict doctor's orders I'm absolutely devastated to say I'm unable to perform at The Royal Variety Performance tonight, an amazing show which I love being part of. It's going to be a great evening with some fantastic talent and I'm very disappointed that I can't be there to give my support. Varitey4Charity."

 
 

MAGGIE PLAY 

Celtic-daft Rod Stewart reveals playing football saved him from drink and drugs

SIR Rod Stewart has revealed playing football saved him from the rocker lifestyle of drink and drugs.

The Celtic-daft singer, 74, said he wasn't committed enough to become a professional footballer, despite having trials with London outfit Brentford FC in his teens.

But he insisted he remained so dedicated to his regular kickabouts that he was always clean before games.

He said: "Football sort of saved me a little bit."

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland's Billy Sloan, the Maggie May star admitted that he downed copious amounts of alcohol as a young rocker.

But he turned his back on drugs -- and said the most important reason was his twice-weekly football matches.

He said: "Up until seven years ago I was still playing football Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.

"Especially Sunday mornings, I couldn't do drugs and drink too much, because it would have ruined my game.

"So football sort of saved me a little bit.

"I got arrested in Los Angeles on a Saturday night because they thought I was drink driving. I got taken to the police station and there was nothing in my system.

"Any other night they would have done me but as it was a Saturday night I was going home early, getting rested up for a game at 11am the next morning.

"But football has helped me so much and I miss it so much, not playing."

The Celtic supporter told how his Scottish father, a former amateur player, had wanted him to become a professional footballer.

He famously attended trials with Third Division outfit Brentford -- now in the English Championship -- but admitted he already had a "burning desire" to be a singer.

He said: "I wasn't good enough to be a footballer, although I tried -- I had trials at Brentford but just to keep my dad happy really.

"Music had entered my soul and I couldn't commit to football, and the hours -- as a musician you can stay in bed all day."

Asked if he could wave a magic wand and go back and become a world class footballer -- and play for his beloved Celtic or Scotland -- the music legend admitted he would not change a thing.

He said: "No, not in a million years because I'm 74 -- do you know any footballers that are still playing at 74? The longevity of my career could not have gone on if I was a footballer.

"It's a wonderful notion. I love the Hoops and I love Scotland, but I'm glad. I am dedicated to music. I don't think I ever was when I had my chance to be a footballer and I went for my trial at Brentford. I was never dedicated to it."

Sir Rod Stewart on indyref, Celtic... and model trains

Sir Rod Stewart has said it would be "a shame" if Scotland became independent when asked about the UK's political situation.

However, the singer said he would support Scotland leaving the union "if it was good" for the country.

Speaking to BBC Scotland's The Nine programme, Sir Rod also said he believed Boris Johnson "will sort it out", when asked about Brexit.

He said: "I'm somewhat of a traditionalist. It would be a shame to see the British isles break up, it would be a shame to see that blue off the Union Jack.

"But if it's good for Scotland then I'm happy."

The Forever Young singer also spoke about his love for Celtic, and his amazing model train city which he has been making for 23 years.

Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck are both rock icons with long and impressive resumes. Though the two found success when combining forces within the Jeff Beck Group during the late-'60s, Stewart doubts the musicians will ever record another album together.

“We’ve got opinions that don’t seem to blend somehow, my idea of what an album should be and his,” the singer noted during an interview with Rolling Stone. “It doesn’t work. We both want to take the helm, so one of us has to stand down.”

 

Stewart elaborated, saying that the only scenario that would lead he and Beck back into the studio together would have to involve a neutral third party. “The answer to that would be to find a producer," he explained. "And then we can just work on the material. We can get in the studio and do it. That would be a great idea because Jeff fancies himself a bit of a producer and so do I. Maybe that will bring us together and we’d have to listen like a couple of schoolboys.”

Despite his doubts regarding a new album with Beck, Stewart spoke highly of his musical comrade. The two recently shared a stage for the first time in roughly 10 years, performing a handful of songs together at the Hollywood Bowl.

“It was everything I wanted it to be and, I think, everything that Jeff wanted it to be,” Stewart said of the performance. “The sound we get with just his guitar and my voice is quite remarkable. We filled the room. I sort of stood back and didn’t do any of my jumping around onstage. I wanted it to be his evening, and I think it worked.”

The singer admitted he and Beck may perform together again in 2020, though no specific plans have been made. For now, Stewart is focusing on his new symphonic LP You’re in My Heart: Rod Stewart With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, due on Nov. 22. Tours of the U.K., Australia and a residency in Las Vegas also highlight the rocker’s plans in the year ahead.

Rock legend Sir Rod Stewart to become honorary member of Market Deeping Model Railway Club

Rock star Sir Rod Stewart is to be made an honorary member of Market Deeping Model Railway Club.

Club chairman Peter Davies revealed the move in a message read out on today's (Weds) Jeremy Vine radio programme.

At the end of a section about model railways on the Radio 2 show, which featured unscheduled phone-ins by enthusiasts Sir Rod and fellow musician Jools Holland, Jeremy read out a message from Mr Davies.

Mr Davies highlighted how Sir Rod had 'very kindly and very generously' donated £10,000 to the club after this year's vandal attack at Stamford Welland Academy.

Mr Davies said the club is 'now in the process' of making Sir Rod an honorary member.

In May Market Deeping Model Railway Club's annual exhibition at Stamford Welland Academy had to be cancelled after drunken teenage vandals wreaked havoc hours before it was due to open.

Years' worth of work was destroyed and thousands of pounds worth of damage caused.

The model railway club's crowdfunding page closed mid-June with 5,461 supporters - including Sir Rod - donating a total of £107,947.

The club is now in the process of organising its 2020 exhibition, which will be returning to Stamford Welland Academy as a two-day extravanza on 16 and 17 May.

In the wake of the attack, professional overnight security will be in operation.

Rod Stewart: ‘I’m Trying to Put Together a Country Record’

 

Hall of Famer also discusses reuniting with Jeff Beck and the possibility of a Bohemian Rhapsody-styled biopic

Rod Stewart is still weeks away from the release of his new symphonic LP You’re in My Heart: Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but he’s already looking ahead to his next record. “I’m trying to put together a country record,” he tells Rolling Stone. “Not just country music, but folk music and older stuff I was brought up on. It’s an opportunity to let people hear another side of me.”

He hasn’t picked out the exact songs he wants to record on the LP yet, but he’s eying the deeply obscure 1963 Bob Dylan studio outtake “Walls of Red Wing” alongside Willie Nelson covers and a few Irish Uprising folk songs. “I want to do songs that aren’t necessarily catchy,” he says, “but have the most wonderful lyrics. One reason I want to do it is because my wife says she always loves it when I do my acoustic set in concert because she can really hear me sing as opposed to the rock & roll stuff.”

He went back to some of his earliest rock roots in late September when he reunited with Jeff Beck for a special show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. It was the first time the former Jeff Beck Group bandmates had played together since a surprise two-song set at L.A.’s El Rey Theater in 2009. They did five songs this time, including some they hadn’t done in decades like “Morning Dew,” “Blues Deluxe” and “Rock My Plimsoll.”

“It was everything I wanted it to be and, I think, everything that Jeff wanted it to be,” says Stewart. “The sound we get with just his guitar and my voice is quite remarkable. We filled the room. I sort of stood back and didn’t do any of my jumping around onstage. I wanted it to be his evening and I think it worked.”

Stewart says they kept rehearsals to a bare minimum even though Beck had to adjust the songs to accommodate Rod’s current singing voice. “No singer can sing as high as they did 40 or 50 years ago,” he says. “The voice naturally drops a little bit. Mine has only dropped a half a tone, but he had to learn things he knew in new keys. All the keys I was singing in were not great for the guitar, but he did it anyway and he sounded fabulous.”

No more shows with Beck are in the works, however, as Stewart remains on the road with a run of UK arenas the month, a long string of Las Vegas shows throughout 2020 and an Australian tour that fall. He’s also having his right knee replaced in January, which will force him to work hard to be back in touring shape for the Vegas kickoff on March 6th.

Despite all of that, he still think it’s possible that next year he’ll find the time to play another show or two with Beck. Recording a new album with him, however, is a very different situation. They tried about a decade ago and abandoned the project very quickly. “We’ve got opinions that don’t seem to blend somehow, my idea of what an album should be and his,” he says. “It doesn’t work. We both want to take the helm, so one of us has to stand down.”

As he says this, an idea flashes into his head. “I just though of this,” he says. “The answer to that would be to find a producer. And then we can just work on the material. We can get in the studio and do it. That would be a great idea because Jeff fancies himself a bit of a producer and so do I. Maybe it would be good to get someone neutral in. Put that out there for me. Maybe that will bring us together and we’d have to listen like a couple of schoolboys.”

A biopic is also in the realm of possibility. “I’d love to do that,” he says. “My two youngest boys are 8 and 10. They say, ‘Dad, we look like you! We can be the young you!’ I’d love to see it happen. I wouldn’t want to do it like Elton’s [movie Rocketman]. That turned out a bit like Mama Mia!, but the Queen one [Bohemian Rhapsody] was bloody marvelous. I loved it. Now, whether it will or won’t happen, I don’t know. I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.”

Rod Stewart's secret hit track! After 26 years, the veteran rocker finally lets the world see his breathtaking completed model railway - a 124ft spread depicting an entire US city and inspired by the view from his childhood home

He has long been known as a model railway enthusiast — even if at times he didn't want to talk about it.

But now Sir Rod Stewart's legendary layout — 26 years in the making — can be seen for the first time in all its finished glory.

The rocker's astonishingly detailed 124ft long x 23ft wide model depicting an American city and its industrial hinterland in the 1940s contains hundreds of buildings, from trackside switchman shanties to vast factories and skyscrapers.

Called Grand Street And Three Rivers City, it also features a railway station crossed by numerous bridges at rush hour. There are period cars and lorries as well, of course, as trains, and it is all surrounded by lush landscape and dramatically lit in the colours of late afternoon sunshine.

 

Sir Rod told Railway Modeller magazine that scenery and structure modelling, rather than locomotives, trackwork or electrics, are his forte.

'It's the landscape I like. Attention to detail, extreme detail, is paramount. There shouldn't be any unsightly gaps or pavements that are too clean,' he said.

This also extends to soccer fan Sir Rod referencing his beloved Celtic FC in the name of the Celtic Coal & Steel firm building. There is another nod to his Scottish roots with his Great Caledonian Steel & Iron Co.

The 74-year-old's now demolished childhood home at 507 Archway Road in North London overlooked train tracks.

Yet, he was inspired by American railways because that is where he was living when he began the model in 1993. At the time, he had recently built a new house in Los Angeles and included an attic room specifically for the layout.

But he told the magazine, which features Sir Rod as its cover star in its new December edition along with an in-depth feature, he does not think American railways are better than British ones. 'They're bigger, the locos are bigger but not any better,' he said.

While life on the road as a rock musician and its temptations has led to many contemporaries going off the rails, for Sir Rod railway modelling became an escape from the pressures of touring — he would take kits, tools and paints with him and book an extra hotel room for a workshop so he could pursue his hobby in between concerts wherever he was in the world.

'We'd tell them in advance and they were really accommodating, taking out the beds and providing fans to improve air circulation and ventilation,' he said.

Many a skyscraper was completed that way on afternoons before a show, and Sir Rod believes he may have never finished the model if he had not done so.

 

Despite its vast scale, he said 'none of it was really planned' and he 'just winged it', with the help of two friends.

His photographer and model wife Penny Lancaster, 48, also played her part. Sir Rod used photos for reference when making the layout and they would often stop to take pictures of a scene that caught their eye.

Sir Rod, whose hits include I Don't Want To Talk About It, You Wear It Well, Downtown Train and Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?, said: 'I find beauty in what everyone else sees as ugly — rugged skyscrapers, beaten-up warehouses, things that are very run down.'

While Sir Rod acknowledged it took a while for him to publicly admit he was a railway enthusiast, he agreed in his interview with the magazine that attitudes now appear to be changing towards model railway making.

But he added that he was still wary about answering questions on TV about it because 'it's hard to talk about something so all- encompassing' if he was meant to be discussing his music.

His passion was first inflamed when he was 'eight or nine' on a family holiday in Bognor Regis where he saw a 'marvellous' railway layout in a model shop.

He said his father had once given him the advice that 'every man needs a hobby'.

'Mine's model railway,' said Sir Rod, who had a toy railway as a child. When he wanted a station for it, his dad bought him a guitar instead, which many might think turned out to be a shrewd move.

His fortune stands at £190 million, according to the Sunday Times' UK Musicians' Rich List, and he has had nine No 1 albums and 62 hit singles in the UK.

Sir Rod said guests are stunned by his magnificent model railway when he runs it for them at his LA home. He said: 'When I take on something creative like this, I have to give it a 110 per cent. For me, it's addictive. I started, so I just had to finish.

'I'm lucky I had the room. If I'd realised at the start it would have taken so long, I'd have probably said No! No! Nah!'

Rod Stewart and His Outfit Are Having the Time of Their Lives

Wake up, Maggie, I think I got something to say to you...about this 'fit.

Rod. Fuckin'. Stewart. Never before have I felt compelled to call the singer behind "Maggie May" and "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" Rod Fuckin' Stewart. And considering the fact that he was knighted in 2016, it is probably wildly inappropriate for me, an American, to call him Rod Fuckin' Stewart.

But look at this man! Look at his joy and his Toasted Coconut Fit and his wild hair and his repp tie and his sneakers. This, right here, is none other than Rod. Fuckin'. Stewart.

Rod Stewart seen leaving BBC Radio 2 on November 11, 2019 in London, England.

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Stewart was seen exiting BBC Radio 2 in London this week, and because he is who he is, he was thronged by fans upon his departure. This is why, I presume, he raised his arms in the air and let forth what looks to be an ebullient whoop as soon as he hit the sidewalk. This is a man having a good time. This is a man, quite possibly, having the time of his life.

And you know what? His outfit looks like it's having a damn good time, too. This isn't the young Rod of The Jeff Beck Group or Faces, nor is it the riding-high Rod of the '70s and '80s. This is an elder Stewart. Sir Rod. Gone are the elaborately printed, flowing shirts. Absent are the arm garters and neckerchiefs. Instead, we've got a tan suit, tan overcoat, a boldly striped tie, and a pair of Chuck Taylors. Oh, and don't forget the big ol' mirrored aviator sunglasses.

His tie bar? It says "Celtic." It's for the Scottish football club, of which Stewart is an avowed fan. As a rule, this sort of accessory is not a great idea for normal guys. But remember: This is no normal guy. This is Sir Rod Fuckin' Stewart. Long may he reign.

Ronnie Wood's emotional embrace with pal Rod Stewart as pair share cancer battle

EXCLUSIVE: The Rolling Stones legend has been friends with singer Rod for the last 50 years after they bonded on tour together

Striding across a smoke-filled stage, Ronnie Wood flung an arm around Rod Stewart as the two men shared an emotional hug.

It appeared a simple, friendly gesture but the embrace held a deeper meaning for both. Just moments earlier Rod had confessed he, like Ronnie, had endured a battle with cancer.

“I join Ronnie now who’s had lung cancer,” Rod told the crowd. Ronnie added: “Someone up there likes us.”

For the hundreds of people packed into Surrey’s Wentworth Golf club for a charity Faces reunion, 74-year-old Rod’s admission he’d had prostate cancer sparked headlines around the world.

Ronnie, 72, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2017 and went public three months later. The Stones legend got the all-clear after a five-hour operation.

Rod found out he had prostate cancer in February 2016 during a routine check-up and got the all-clear this year.

 

It was a comfort for them to talk about it openly. They were shocked when Faces drummer Kenney Jones and Rod’s long-term guitarist Jim Cregan also said they had had prostate cancer.

Rod had fretted shortly before the gig about going public about beating cancer. Ronnie says: “He was like, ‘Should I mention that I’ve had cancer?’ I said, ‘Rod, it’s personal, do whatever you want. If you want to tell them, tell them.’”

Ron’s friendship with Rod dates from 1969 when the Faces formed after the Small Faces split. Their hell-raising antics on tour cemented their relationship and, despite the band splitting in 1975, they’ve stayed pals.

Rod was Ronnie’s best man at his 2012 wedding to theatre producer Sally Humphreys. And Ron can sum up their long friendship: “Humour, and respect, for the same kind of musical tastes and similar lifestyles such as all the girls – we go right back to the council house, really. You can’t take that away.” Like Rod, Ron feels “blessed”.

He says: “I was so lucky to have my cancer removed from my left lung and for it not to be anywhere else in my body. I had a check-up the other day; got the all-clear again. You have to keep checking. I have a scan every six months but it’s worth it.”

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster put £1m target on menu for cancer charity

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster have promised “lots of little connections” to them at a charity evening for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The couple have invited 180 guests to the Memories that Matter event in London and hope to raise as much as a £1 million. Billed as a private dinner party, they have designed the cocktails, drawn-up the menu and Stewart will perform live.

Model and photographer Lancaster, who has two sons with Stewart aged eight and 13, told the Evening Standard that teenagers often face lots of difficulties without the added trauma of cancer. She said: “Since our boy has just turned into a teenager he’s come along to a couple of charity events. You think teenagers are going through so much as it is... and the idea of having to deal with cancer on top as well — I could not think of anything worse.” 

The night revolves around a silent auction with prizes including a trip to jewellery firm Swarovski’s HQ in the Austrian Alps and dinner at the Ritz with Rod and Penny. Other prizes include memorabilia from Celtic, Stewart’s favourite club, a print by his former Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood and a five-night stay in a castle in Umbria, Italy, donated by Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev.

The fundraiser on November 22 is the idea of marketing expert Mark Aldridge, who plans to make it a regular event. The Trust’s chief executive Kate Collins said: “Every day, seven young people, aged 13-24, are diagnosed with cancer. 

“Teenage Cancer Trust’s specialist nurses, hospital wards and support teams work hard to help young people and their families cope with the huge impact that a cancer diagnosis and treatment has on their lives. But none of this work would be possible without our wonderful supporters.”

Superstar Rod Stewart ready for a movie of his life and knows just the boy to play him

Rod Stewart says he is ready to see a film made about his colourful life and career – and knows exactly who should play him.

The superstar singer, this year celebrating his 50th year as a solo star, wants to follow in the footsteps of Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Judy Garland, who have all had movies made about their lives.

The Bee Gees are the latest music legends to be given the big-screen treatment and Rod revealed he’s also been in talks about a biopic.

“I would love to have a film made and my two youngest sons, who are similar looking to me, to be offered to be in it, playing the young Rod.

“I have four sons and my nine-year-old really does look like me.

“I would love it and the film would have my full co-operation. There have been tiny moves towards it, but nothing concrete.”

Dad-of-eight Rod is playing three nights in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro this month and a date at Aberdeen’s new P&J Live arena in December. The dates are part of his biggest ever UK tour, which included football stadiums in the summer.

While he has no plans to slow down anytime soon, he’ll be forced to lay low for a while after Christmas.

“In the New Year I need to have a total knee replacement. Playing football so much has caught up with me,” he revealed.

“I’ll have six weeks off in January going into February, and then I’ll start again. I have a big American tour planned with Blondie, and then I’m out to Australia and New Zealand, and then South America.

“I try to plan all my tours around the school holidays of my two youngest, so they can be with me because I really miss them. That was something I couldn’t do when my other kids were growing up.

“It was 1.30am before I got home from watching Celtic play in Rome on Thursday night, but I was up again at 6.30am to get the kids to school.”

Sir Rod admits he regrets not being there as much for his elder children as he is for 12-year-old Alastair and Aiden, nine, his two boys with third wife Penny Lancaster.

 
 

“I’ve spoken to them, especially my two oldest, Sean and Kimberly. We’ve sat down and talked about it and I told them I missed them, that I wasn’t out having parties but rather I was working because I was so in debt to the taxman at the time. I had to keep working to get myself out of debt.

“Now they understand but there was a point where they were saying the old cliché of ‘Dad, you weren’t here for me’, and I said I wasn’t, but I was working really hard and they know that now.”

Rod says his life is an open book and he recently spoke out about a secret battle with prostate cancer.

While playing a fundraising gig with his former Faces bandmates Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones in September, he told the audience he’d been battling the condition for three years and was only given the all-clear in July.

“I felt it would do more good to talk about it,” he explained.

“We have a show for Teenage Cancer Trust next week and I was going to wait until then before I talked about it, but this show was for prostate cancer, so I said to Ronnie, ‘I think I’ll tell everybody and get it off my chest and try to help others’. And he said, ‘go out and tell them and I’ll be right by your side’.

“So that’s what I did and it was a very emotional moment. My slogan was ‘a finger up the bum, no harm done’, meaning it’s totally painless to get checked. It’s a mean old disease, with no symptoms whatsoever. It creeps up on you and takes a lot of lives – it’s the second highest killer among men.”

Rod said the cancer treatment also left him feeling embarrassed, and so he wanted to set the record straight.

“When you have prostate cancer and need radiotherapy, you tend to put on a little bit of weight around your belly and I was becoming so self-conscious of it.

“It will disappear after a while, but with all the treatment the fat goes to your belly and it’s a weird experience. I was becoming so self-conscious of it on stage and wanted to let people know.”

With 200 million albums sold and a successful Las Vegas residency, Rod is one of the most famous singers in the world, but he is still able to live a normal life.

“It’s important to do so,” he said. “It’s quite remarkable – as long as I put a hat on, people will take a glance and say, ‘nah, it’s not him’. The minute I take that hat off they all know who I am – it’s the hair that’s recognised.

“I enjoy living my life and walking around the streets – I don’t have security guards. Nine times out of 10, people are polite.

“No one asks for autographs anymore, it’s all selfies. That’s OK, as long as I’m not having my dinner or trying to pay a bill in a shop.”

Rod has a theory about why he and other acts from his generation, like The Rolling Stones, are still going strong. “We were the first. When Elvis broke through we were the youngsters listening to Muddy Waters and all the great soul and blues singers,” he said.

“We had a head start on everyone, and now we have a tremendous catalogue of songs that people want to hear – they’re a part of musical history.

“We have lots of age groups coming to the shows, but mostly people in their 50s and 60s.

“I wish I was in that position, being able to go out and see Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, the guys I loved when I was a youngster.

“When I came into this business at 19, I thought if this lasts until my 21st birthday it will be tremendous.

“And here I still am – I still have to pinch myself.”


Rod Stewart, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, November 26, 28, 30, and P&J Live, Aberdeen, December 7

I WANT LEW 

Sir Rod Stewart reveals he is desperate to perform a duet with Lewis Capaldi

He hailed the Someone You Loved singer’s hilarious personality in interviews.

And the rocker hinted Lewis could follow in the footsteps of Robbie Williams, who he teams up with on his version of It Takes Two.

He said: “I like the young lad Capaldi.

“I love his sense of humour and the fact he’s like ‘f*** it — I don’t care’.”

Passing on tips to US chart-topper Lewis, 22, above, Sir Rod added: “I would say the reason me, Elton John and The Stones are still doing it is we’ve built an audience and we’re not one-hit wonders.”

We told how Celtic-daft Sir Rod slammed the Green Brigade for lighting flares at Celtic’s Euro glory night in Rome.

The rocker, 74, fears the ultras group stunt could see the champs clobbered with Uefa sanctions.

Sir Rod, in the stands for Thursday’s 2-1 victory over Lazio, said: “We’ve got to be careful. We don’t help ourselves.”

The rock idol also told how he watched on in horror with Celts chief Peter Lawwell as some of the 9,000-strong travelling army lit flares inside the Stadio Olimpico.

Sir Rod reckons the club could now face tough sanctions from Euro footie bosses following the powderkeg trip, which also saw three Bhoys supporters stabbed by masked Lazio thugs.

We told earlier how he was almost brought to tears after Celtic secured a historic victory over Lazio in Rome.

The song was written by Simon Climie, one half of the UK pop duo Climie Fisher that’s best known for their 1987 hit “Love Changes Everything.” “His manager is an ex-girlfriend of mine from way back in the 1970s named Dee Harrington,” says Stewart. “He’s a wonderful chap and writes beautiful songs. He came up with this one and she said, ‘You know who should sing this? Rod.’ They gave it to me and I immediately fell in love with it.”

Celtic daft Rod Stewart says fans 'doing team proud' as star enjoys Rome with Glasgow singer

Sir Rod is in Rome with Glaswegian songwriter pal John Mclaughlin.

Sir Rod Stewart travelled to Rome on Monday from his London home with Glaswegian songwriter John McLaughlin.

The Celtic mad legend told the Daily Record: “It has been a complete delight to be in Rome with all these dedicated Celtic fans.

“I identify with the club and its fans so strongly and I’ve spent a lot of time chatting to people and getting photos taken and just enjoying the good vibe. Trips like this are what it’s all about for the fans and I love it as much as they do.

“The supporters are doing Celtic proud by coming over here in such great numbers. They are a great bunch and they are so often the 12th man for the team when it comes down to it.

“I read that there might be more Celtic fans than Lazio fans in the stadium and that made me feel really proud.”

Sir Rod’s latest tour, kicking off this month, includes three Scottish dates at the SSE Hydro.

 

He said: “Scottish gigs are always so special to me and I mean that sincerely. I’m looking forward to getting to Glasgow again.”

Celtic daft Rod Stewart spotted singing with fans on the streets of Rome

The famous singer was mobbed by supporters as he arrived in the city ahead of Celtic's Europa League tie against Lazio this evening.

Celtic daft Rod Stewart was spotted singing with fans on the streets of Rome today.

The famous singer was mobbed by supporters as he arrived in the city ahead of Celtic's Europa League tie against Lazio this evening.

Rod, who travelled to Italy with Scots singer Johnny McLaughlin, was in good spirits as he danced with Hoops fans before being ushered into a car by his security.

Rod Stewart cancels appearance at Winter at Tantora festival in Saudi Arabia

 

It is not yet known exactly why the singer pulled out of his show, but he has said he was 'disappointed' to miss it

Rod Stewart has cancelled his appearance at Saudi Arabia's Winter at Tantora festival.

Stewart was announced as part of the annual festival, alongside Enrique Iglesias and Lionel Richie, in late September.

 

No official announcement has been made, but Stewart's name and photo have since disappeared from the festival site.

When Craig David, Il Divo and Jamiroquai were added to the line-up on Thursday, Stewart's name was conspicuously absent from the list of acts already announced.

A spokesperson for the festival confirmed he was "not part of the line-up any more".

“Due to personal circumstances, Sir Rod Stewart had to cancel his performance at Winter at Tantora," their statement said.

"Rod is disappointed as he was looking forward to performing in Saudi Arabia for the first time and hopes to play there in the near

Meet Rod Stewart's adorable rescue puppy and Celtic's newest fan

Rod Stewart has got a new blonde in his life – but wife Penny Lancaster isn’t worried.

The famously blonde-loving rocker and Penny have adopted rescue dog Blondie, who has become a close member of the family – and a Celtic fan.

The Hoops-daft singer and photographer wife Penny appear in the new series of Paul O Grady’s ITV series For the Love of Dogs and tell the story of how the whole family fell for rescue pup Blondie.

The Labrador-Poodle-cross puppy was rescued from Battersea Dogs Home by the couple and has become an instant hit at the their Essex home with kids Alastair and Aiden.

Penny said: “It was kind of love at first sight. She’s amazing.”

Blondie has become close to their other dog Bubbles and the pair are firm friends.

She said: “The two of them are just inseparable.”

Rod Stewart, 74, hits the high street as he goes for a shopping spree in Rome... after wife Penny Lancaster revealed 'he wants to keep going forever'

Advancing age has done little to temper Rod Stewart's love of fashion, and the veteran rocker did his best to illustrate that point during an appearance in Rome on Tuesday. 

Rod, who will celebrate his 75th birthday in January, was seen trying on a winter coat during a surprise visit to a local Zara store in the Italian capital. 

The singer was given a helping hand as he pulled on the item, a brushed woolen grey number that complimented his smart beige blazer and matching slacks.  

With one eye clearly still on passing trends, Rod added to his look with a raffish Baker Boy cap, while a patterned silk scarf rounded things off.

Rod Stewart is leading the Celtic invasion of Rome.

Last night the entertainer was pictured with Johnny Mac as they settled in for Thursday’s Europa League tie against Lazio.

Celtic have been given an allocation of 9,000 tickets but could have half as many fans cheering them on in the Stadio Olympico for their first ever European tie in the Italian capital.

Stewart teamed up with Johnny Mac after hearing a clip on Celtic TV, after making contact with the 54-year-old a new career was launched providing the support act to Stewart’s concerts.

 

With a 26 date UK tour kicking off on November 23 at Manchester the Celtic daft singer is making the most of his break by taking in the action in Rome.

There is a fixture clash coming up later in the tour when he plays the Glasgow Hydro on November 26- the same night as Celtic host Rennes in the Europa League.

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