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Campaign for blue plaque at legendary Stockport music venue

The Manor Lounge Appreciation Society want to recognise the venue where The Who, Pink Floyd and Rod Stewart played

Campaigners are raising funds to have a blue plaque fitted to an empty building that was once a thriving music venue played by stars including The Who, Van Morrison and Rod Stewart.

The Manor Lounge Appreciation Society want to recognise the 1960s venue on Wellington Road South in Stockport town centre.

The council has said it will support the bid but will not put up the necessary £500 so the group, led by former regulars at the club Philip Pye and Pam Howes, is holding a Manor Lounge revival night to raise the cash.

Other acts that have appeared at the venue include Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd and the Hollies. The latter’s former member Eric Haydock will be special guest at the revival event.

Philip, 63, from Cheadle Heath, said: “It was amazing. When you walked down the steps inside the was a real atmosphere, there’s no live music venue like it now.

“Anyone over 60 now will have been there. It is an important part of Stockport’s musical history so it deserves a blue plaque.

“I remember one night a band called the Steampacket were playing and said they had a new singer they were going to try – it was Rod Stewart.”

The Manor Lounge shut after four years in 1967 because it was too loud for neighbours and moved to the Tabernacle, on Waterloo Road.

The building currently stands empty after Riley’s Snooker Club closed two years ago.

The revival event takes place at the Davenport Park Hotel, on Buxton Road, Davenport, on September 13 from 7.30pm.

Eric Haydock will be guest speaker and a disco will play music from the Manor Lounge era. For tickets call 07831 779359.

Councillor Patrick McAuley, executive member for regeneration, said: “Whilst the council is pleased to hear the Manor Lounge Community Group wishes to raise the profile of the building, the addition of a plaque would require the agreement of the building owner as well as funding to cover the cost of manufacture and installation.”

Rod Stewart's 'Tonight's the Night' raises £150,000 for St Margaret’s
 

St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice raised a record amount from its sell-out Rod Stewart concert held at the County Cricket Ground, Taunton, in June.

Around 18,000 fans helped to raise around £150,000 in what the hospice described as its biggest ever fundraiser.

St Margaret’s Chief Executive Jon Andrewes said: “We have spent the last few weeks completing all the final calculations and I’m delighted to announce that this single event has brought in a record amount.

“Looking back, the concert couldn’t have gone any better! The atmosphere was fantastic, Rod Stewart gave a fabulous performance and even the weather was warm and dry.

"Plus, of course, we brought in a substantial sum to support our work.”

St Margaret’s is the fourth largest hospice in the country and provides specialist care to 3,200 patients a year with progressive, life limiting illnesses in Somerset.

Services include two inpatient units, day hospice centres and community hospice services supporting people in their own homes.

It costs more than £27,000 a day, or £10 million a year, to run the charity and relies on its shops, donations and fundraising activity to be successful.

The concert was the brainchild of St Margaret’s Clinical Director Ann Lee, who plans to follow up on the success of the Rod Stewart concert.

“This one evening was nearly two years in the making and has brought in a fantastic and much needed sum towards our running costs.

"It’s also helped us to tell more people about what we do and demystify hospice care.”

She added: “People are already asking us how we’re going to top Rod Stewart. All I can say is ‘watch this space.’”

Rock legend Rod Stewart to perform at Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival

 

The organization of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival (CNSJ) brings the legendary singer Rod Stewart to Curacao. Stewart is known for his iconic rock and R & B style. He has scored with hits as ‘I Do not Want To Talk About It’, ‘Hot Legs’ and ‘You’re In My Heart’.

With his unique voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances Rod Stewart has built one of the most successful and sustainable music careers of all time. He managed to win 18 Grammys. In 2007 he was appointed by the Queen of England to Commander of the British Empire. Last year he released the album ‘Time’ and thus dominated the number one position in the UK album charts.

Rod Stewart will perform on Friday, August 29 on the Sam Cooke stage. More information on ticket sale can be found on the CNSJ website.

 

The Avon Theatre and Shelley Archives present

Legends of Rock Live

ROD STEWART: THE EARLY YEARS

Hosted by Music Archivist Bill Shelley

Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Rod Stewart struggled in the beginning of his musical career in the UK, working in many groups, until finding his way to stardom, first with The Jeff Beck Group and then The Small Faces which became The Faces. His musical compositions and singing style caught the attention of his growing fan-base.

His song "Stay With Me" leaped up the charts and made Stewart an international star. His narrative approach to lyrics made audiences feel that his songs were autobiographical and he was allowing them into his private thoughts and life. At the same time, there seemed to be magic created by Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, who together created the sound associated with The Faces.

When the group disbanded, Ron Wood joined The Rolling Stones and Rod continued as a solo act.

Stewart's style seemed to fit just about any performer he worked with, and his songwriting skills grew to great acclaim, writing such classics as "Mandolin Wind," "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" and "Gasoline Alley," all of which will be in this program. Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Stewart is considered one of the best-selling recording artists.



This program will celebrate and highlight performances from these different stages of Stewart's career. Some of the songs that will be featured will be "Maggie Mae," "You Wear It Well," "Stay With Me," and "Hot Legs." You will see clips of performances from TV, live concerts, some from around the world, and early promotional materials. In English | 110 minutes

ABOUT BILL SHELLEY: Bill Shelley has been filming since the 1970s when he recorded bands Twisted Sister and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, then he directed music videos for Public Enemy. Shelley Archives was started in 1985 and today the company has over 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archives and over 10,000 hours of rare concerts, television shows, promos, interviews, out-takes and home movies. Preservation of films and music clips is the main focus of the organization.

ABOUT THE AVON: The Avon Theatre is a member-supported, non-profit cultural hub, dedicated to presenting film in its highest form, and thriving because of the support of our patrons and community. In addition to an exciting slate of new releases, The Avon brings you one-of-a-kind special events and monthly programs. We are proud to provide a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant "Main Street America" setting.

TICKETS: Ticket prices are as follows: Carte Blanche Members: FREE, Members: $6, Students & Seniors: $8, Nonmembers: $11. Call the Avon business office at 203-661-0321 or the box office at 203-967-3660, x2 for tickets.

Avon Theatre Film Center

What Is The Faces’ Best Album?

Which of Rod Stewart and his ’70s barroom rascals’ albums do you need to hear, and why?

NEXT MONTH, MOJO’s How To Buy feature will focus on the recorded output of early ’70s barroom rascals The Faces and their members’ solo projects during the band’s half-decade existence. So that includes everything from the group’s big-selling A Nod Is As Good As A Wink… To A Blind Horse, to Rod Stewart solo LPs like Every Picture Tells A Story and Never A Dull Moment, to Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance records and the little-heralded Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane soundtrack album Mahoney’s Last Stand.

So let us know via Facebook and Twitter which you think are the best albums from this period – and why. The best suggestions will appear in the next issue of MOJO. Thank you very much!

Sunil Gulati accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with help from Rod Stewart

Sunil Gulati became the latest member of the American soccer community to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but his video easily wins the award for most random star power.

Yes, none other than Rod Stewart did the honors of dumping an ice bucket full of water and ice on Gulati’s head. Also in the video are Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, NBA legend Chris Mullin and NBA star Rudi Gay.

If the headline made you do a double-take, wait until you see the video:

Rod Stewart Santana, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre review

If you thought Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart sharing the same bill was a weird paring and fit for a Las Vegas lounge act, you wouldn’t be far off. The two Grammy winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are playing a majority of their 60-plus co-headlining shows at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, the tour, dubbed “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs” stopped at Colorado’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.

Santana, led by Carlos Santana opened the show with a 90 minute set that most of the audience missed. Metro traffic and a 6:30 p.m. start saw the crowd finally filling in around 7:15 p.m. Those who were lucky enough to be in their seats on time were treated to a slew of hits, including “Everybody’s Everything,” Black Magic Woman,” and “Oye Como Va.”

After blazing through his opening numbers, Santana took a serious turn and addressed the crowd.

“We don’t like to tell people what to do, but we invite you to give it up for brother Robin Williams,” Santana said. “If we can learn anything from brother Robin Williams it’s: Do not make friends with depression and frustration. Depression and frustration are not your friends.”

The crowd all stood in a sad but sweet tribute to the comedy icon, as the band played a stripped down version of “Maria Maria” off Santana’s wildly successful 1999 album “Supernatural.”

Santana finished his set with all out jams, including rarities “Jingo” and a Spanish version of the classic 1930s George Gershwin song “Summertime.”

If Santana set the stage on fire, then Englishman Rod Stewart cooled it off.

The mixture of the two genres have a tough time blending. Stewart’s bouncy versions of “You Wear It Well,” “Tonight’s the Night” and “Forever Young” had a tough time competing with Santana’s guitar driven set.

The closest Stewart got to hanging with Santana was when he played his 1971 Faces hit, “Stay With Me.”

But, while this blending of genres didn’t quite make sense, it isn’t supposed to be a competition, as Santana explained earlier during his set.

“It’s not a competition,” Santana said. “It’s complementary … We both play black music for white people and we love to make women crazy.”

Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart not bad, but not exactly smooth, either

Star tribune August 11, 2014 - 12:09 AM

There were some high and low musical points during the concert pairing of Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart Sunday in downtown St. Paul.

“It’s not a competition,” Carlos Santana explained early-on Sunday during his concert with Rod Stewart at Xcel Energy Center. “It’s complementary.

“People say: ‘What are you doing with Rod Stewart? He’s British, you’re Mexican.’ It’s the same answer: We both play black music for white people and we love to make women crazy.”

That may be true. But let’s compare and contrast how rock’s odd couple — two sixty-something Rock Hall of Famers who started in the 1960s and launched late-career comebacks engineered by record mogul Clive Davis — did on Sunday in front of 10,000 fans:

The start: Santana was smokin’ from the first number through the last, 85 minutes later. It took Stewart’s hopelessly froggier than usual voice five songs to warm up and gain its full oomph and true raspiness.

Fashion statement: Santana wore all black, including a Boss long-sleeve T-shirt. Rod the Mod sported a screaming gold sportcoat and skinny black tie.

Footwear: Santana had patchwork cowboy boots in black and various earthtones. Stewart went for the two-tone shoes, first black-and-white, then silver-and-black.

Stage vibe: Santana’s stage was festooned with Aztec designs. Stewart’s all-white stage was covered with a shiny, white vinyl-like mat and he used lots of bold, primary colors, including royal blue, fringed miniskirts for the women in his band.

Supporting cast: Santana had a terrific, percussion-dominated band with two singers who sounded as anonymous as a singer at a hotel lounge. Stewart had a large, mostly younger band that, for a three-song acoustic set, expanded to feature 11 female musicians (give the MVP award to J’Anna Jacoby, who played fiddle, mandolin, guitar and percussion). After Santana’s forceful, clear sounding opening set, the sound mix for Stewart was often muddy, which is what you might expect from the opener, not the headliner.

Highlights: For Santana, it was the torrid “Jingo.” For Stewart, it had to be the Faces’ “Stay with Me” (with the singer’s campy twisting the night away moves) and the heartfelt acoustic numbers “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” and “Brighton Beach,” a new song for which he encouraged the crowd to act like they’ve heard it a million times like “Maggie May.” Truth be told, it was a sweetly romantic reflection on love in his teenage years.

Lowlights: Frankly, the vocals on “Smooth,” Santana’s biggest hit, were bland and anonymous.

Why does Stewart bother to do Bonnie Tyler’s “It’s a Heartache” which is him emulating a female Rod Stewart imitator? And he didn’t bother to try for the high notes on “Tonight’s the Night”; he merely let the crowd sing those lines.

Best flashbacks: When Santana gets cooking like his band was Sunday, you can’t argue with “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va.” And you gotta love Stewart in his full Faces glory on “Stay with Me.”

Best dance number: The surging Latin rhythms of “Foo Foo” had Santana’s crowd jumping.

For Stewart’s fans, it was, of course, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.” After all, it’s a disco classic and dozens of balloons dropped from the ceiling. Party on.

Oddity: Santana chewed gum nearly his entire set — but never to the rhythm of the song.

Stewart exited in the middle of “Forever Young” to completely change his outfit — including his shoes and socks.

Odd moments: For the beginning of his encore, Santana sat down on the kit for Stewart’s drummer at the back of the stage and hit one note with each hand to kick off the song. During his acoustic set, Stewart thought he was about to do “Have I Told You Lately” but he told the fans that “there’s an error with the Administration.” And then he put it in more blunt language that this newspaper won’t print. So he cheerfully did a different song, “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” instead.

Hat acts: Santana had a familiar black fedora. Stewart, of course, showcased his familiar blond rooster-do until the encore when he donned a straw cowboy hat folded many funky ways.

Odd couple: Santana and Stewart collaborated on Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind” (which the Faces recorded). Hearing them trade lines — Rod’s voice and Carlos’ guitar — made the pairing finally make sense musically.

Rod gets real: Stewart takes a sentimental turn on new album and tour with Santana

You know that Rod Stewart, rock’s perpetual bon vivant, is partial to blondes, fancy clothes and soccer, not necessarily in that order.

Two things you might not know about the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer: He’s ridiculously sentimental and — this seems unbelievable — he has stopped playing soccer.

“I retired about six months ago,” said Stewart, 69, who still promises to kick soccer balls into the audience Sunday when he performs with Santana at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. “It broke my heart. It’s a huge lump out of my life. I’m over it now. Knee injury. It would take me three or four days and two boxes of Advil to try to get me back to sort of normal. It was interfering with the stage show. So one had to go.”

He watches soccer on TV when he works out (“there are about a dozen soccer channels here in California”). And he attends his kids’ games.

“I live vicariously through my two younger sons. My 8-year-old is crazy about it. He came home from school the other day and had an assignment: What is the one thing your dad has taught you to do? ‘My dad has taught me to take free kicks and corner kicks.’ Nothing worldly.

“I miss the kids. It’s so quiet here without them,” he said last week from Los Angeles. “They’re still in London with their mum.”

Told you he’s sentimental.

“I’ve always been sentimental,” Stewart confessed. “I’ve never found the vehicle to put it on tour and to music. I’m especially sentimental about kids and about my dad, who I idolized. I’m a romantic, as well.”

His sentimentality is all over his latest album, “Time,” released last year.

The song “Brighton Beach” is a yearning for his heady youth and that 17-year-old girl who got away. “Can’t Stop Me Now” is a nostalgic celebration of his career, from his record-label audition to pub gigs to that fateful meeting with Maggie May. Nothing gets more personal than “It’s Over,” a reflection back to a wedding, then the kids and now a breakup after five years “poisoned by the lawyers’ letters.” Stewart is twice-divorced with eight children, including two with third wife Penny.

“Time” was the first album in years for which he penned a bunch of new tunes. Since 2002, he’d recorded five albums of vintage pop, soul and rock covers.

Writing songs was “a shock to my system,” he said. “You know, my biggest output, I think, was [1978’s] ‘Blondes Have More Fun,’ which I wrote nine songs for. This was 10 or 11 songs. It was all prompted because I put the autobiography together [“Rod,” published in 2012]. Talking to family and friends and relatives for stories for the book, I thought: ‘Maybe I could write [songs] about that.’ So one inspired the other.”

Comparing guitarists

Stewart’s current endeavor is a tour with Carlos Santana. It’s not the first classic-rock act he’s toured with in recent years: He’s also teamed up with Steve Winwood and Stevie Nicks.

“I don’t think Carlos and I had any ambitions to tour together. Our agents suggested it to us,” Stewart admitted. “It’s hard to put bums in seats. It’s been very successful. We’re doing two songs together.”

Over the years, Stewart has played with some of rock’s greatest guitarists: Jeff Beck in the Jeff Beck Group, Ron Wood in the Faces and now Carlos Santana. Each has a different style and personality.

“Ron Wood really makes me laugh. The other two don’t,” Stewart said when asked to compare the three. “Jeff is a more inventive guitar player. If you’re singing beside Jeff, you never know quite what’s going to happen. Carlos anticipates what I’m going to sing and leaves more gaps. Woody is the most melodic. Every time he picks up a guitar, [melodies come]. … The intro to ‘Maggie May,’ the intro to ‘[You] Wear It Well.’ ”

Stewart rose to fame with the Jeff Beck Group (which also included Wood) in the late ’60s. Before that, he wanted to be a soccer star but, despite rumors, he never got a professional tryout.

“The wonderful thing about putting the book together, you could correct a few lies and misunderstandings that have been written about me as time goes by,” he explained.

He and Beck talked in 2011 about collaborating again, possibly on a blues album. What happened?

“We got so close. Jeff’s demons took over again,” said Stewart, adding that he doesn’t expect the project to happen but “never say never.”

What was he thinking?

Any regrets?

“Ummm, I think the cover of ‘A Night on the Town’ [the 1976 album that includes ‘Tonight’s the Night’]. That boater hat, we could have done without that.

“When making records, I made some mistakes but I don’t know whether they were humongous mistakes. When I recorded ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy,’ we knew it was a mistake. But people actually love that song. It’s the one song now where everybody gets a big smile on their face. It’s my novelty song.”

It’s been a colorful life, from working in a cemetery (he measured graves, but didn’t dig them) to being named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles in 2007.

Who should play Stewart in a biopic?

“If Ronnie [Wood] is still around, he’d have to wear a blond wig.”

Who spends more time on his hair — Wood or Stewart?

“We cultivated it with the Jeff Beck Group. That’s when we both discovered that drying it upside down gives it extra volume. You’d be surprised: Mine takes like five or six minutes. Then it’s ready to go. There’s product. I get mine cut every two weeks. I don’t care where I am. I don’t care what it costs. I fly my hairdresser in and we cut it. Because it’s a wonderful privilege to have a head of hair at my age.”

Speaking of Wood, talk of a reunion of the Faces — that great working-class bar band of “Stay With Me” fame that included Wood, drummer Kenney Jones, keyboardist Ian McLagan and the late bassist Ronnie Lane — has been going on for years.

“Woody and I spoke the other day. He said, ‘Let’s go out for a drive.’ I said, ‘No, I’m on holiday in the south of France.’ He was in London. He said, ‘OK, I’ll see you when we’re 78.’

“We’re kicking the flag around. I want to do it. If we could just keep Ian McLagan quiet for a little while. Every time I say something, he says just the opposite. I can’t see an album happening. It used to take a long time to make albums in the old days. It would take us years now. We’re too old for that. We can do a tour.”

Meanwhile, Stewart has his tour of arenas with Santana. Would he consider playing theaters without a famous opening act?

“If I did that, I think it would be the American Songbook, which I’d like to do. Not just yet,” said Stewart, who also is in the midst of a four-year, part-time residency at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Plus, if he played in theaters, he couldn’t kick soccer balls to the fans, right?

“Of course I could. I do it at Caesar’s Palace. [Shifts to a Vegas boss’ voice] ‘Please don’t kick them into the third tier, someone might fall to their death.’ ”

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