'He has always been the darling of rock critics and I haven't': Rod Stewart claims he is more like 'intellectual' David Bowie than people think

They both rose to prominence in the same era, but with differing styles in both looks and musical genre.

And now, in a new interview, Rod Stewart has claimed that he and David Bowie are perhaps more similar than people think, reacting to years of criticism he faced from those in the industry.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, the 70-year-old rocker revealed his ire at not being called an 'intellectual writer' unlike his contemporary.

David has always been the darling of rock critics and I haven't,' he said. 

'They look at him as an intellectual writer and me, just the opposite. To them, it's always black and white.'

With his iconic platform shoes and medallions, it's fair to say he has never really resembled the Ziggy Stardust star in terms of looks.

An exasperated Stewart - who stepped out in London on Tuesday for an appearance on BBC Radio 2, in his typical eccentric attire -  said that he doesn't get the credit for dabbling with everything from blues to disco and folk, whilst Bowie does

The Maggie May hitmaker was a contemporary of Bowie in the 1960s but their careers took radically different paths.

Bowie became a fashion icon and has been hailed for his groundbreaking sounds and experimental taste in art and music.

Stewart has always been far more populist and is mocked by his critics as being a throwback to the 1970s, not least because of his hairstyle. 

The interview with the music publication also addressed why The Faces, Stewart's band in the 1960s and 70s, have not reformed for a world tour despite playing a one off reunion gig last year.

The band have been touring but with Simply Red's Mick Hucknall as the lead vocalist.

Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, who was also in The Faces blamed Stewart's longtime manager Arnold Stiefel for the singer's absence from the band.

Wood said: 'He makes everything about money. We just want to get together and play for the people.'

But Stiefel laughed the criticism off and said: 'Did I actually hear someone from the Rolling Stones tell me something is all about money?

'That's the funniest line I've ever heard!

Legendary singer Rod planning a long-awaited return to the West Country

Rock legend Rod Stewart is set to return to the West Country, playing Plymouth Argyle Football Club's Home Park Stadium next summer.

The iconic singer-songwriter, who last played the venue in 2009 and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, will take to the stage on June 7, 2016, as part of his UK Hits tour.

The news comes fresh from his triumphant Hyde Park Radio 2 show where he played to more than 50,000 people, and on the eve of releasing a brand new studio album, Another Country.

Plymouth Argyle chief executive Martyn Starnes said: "On behalf of Britain's Ocean City, the football club is delighted to welcome Rod Stewart back to Home Park and to the West Country. Rod's previous triumphant concert at the stadium is still remembered by those who packed the ground to hear him then, and we are sure that demand for tickets this time will reflect the expectation of what is sure to be another sensational Plymouth night."

The fully seated outdoor tour is being presented by Cuffe and Taylor whose director Peter Taylor said: "We are thrilled to be working with Rod Stewart and his team yet again. In 2014 we worked on three dates and I am delighted we are the sole promoter of the Rod Stewart Stadium Tour for 2016.

"The venues stretch right across the UK giving tens of thousands of people the opportunity to see one of the best live acts in the world. It is great that all but two of the venues are new to Rod Stewart and we are confident there will be a lot of excitement as summer approaches."

In a career spanning more than five decades, he has amassed sales of more than 200 million albums and singles worldwide. He has also garnered two inductions into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, won a Grammy and been made a CBE.

Rod in conversation Kaufmann Concert Hall

Don’t miss this chance to join two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and global superstar for an intimate interview.

He’ll talk about the early days—from his humble childhood to busker, bohemian and Mod in London’s ’60-70s club scene, to fronting The Jeff Beck Group and his five raucous years with the Faces, to writing "Maggie May," and setting in motion one of the most successful and enduring music careers of all time. About his other great passions (Celtic FC), family and his not-so-private private life, and his renaissance as a songwriter and performer of original hit songs as his second album of the decade, Another Country, hits stores.

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Rod Stewart's poetry book

The 'Maggie May' hitmaker has always had a ''unique'' relationship with his Faces bandmate, to the extent they have their own language, and he would love for them to publish a ''hilarious'' literary project they previously worked on.

He said: ''It's a unique relationship. We have our own little language. Did he ever tell you about the book of poems and drawings we did when we were with Jeff Beck?

''It's his sketches and our poems and it's so funny. I can't even begin to describe it. It's just hilarious. I'd love for us to bring that out.''

Rod and Ronnie first became friends when they were members of the Jeff Beck group, and the 70-year-old singer thinks the group leader was jealous of their close relationship so didn't pay them well and left them without food.

He told Uncut magazine: ''I think what it was with Jeff - and I hope he takes this the right way and I'm sure he's changed now - he wasn't a good bandleader.

''He never looked after me and Ronnie. He may have just been a bit envious of Woody and my brotherly relationship. I think he fired Ronnie about three times and got him back again.

''There were some weeks where we weren't getting paid much. We would go days without food. Jimi Hendrix's girlfriend used to feed us.''

Rod Stewart's kids steal his clothes

Rod Stewart's kids steal his clothes.

The 70-year-old rocker - who has eight children from various relationships - has kept all his stage costumes, even though they no longer fit him, but his kids have taken some of the outfits because they thought they were "really cool".

He said: "I've still got all the stuff upstairs from way back then and literally my waist was like that. I'm about [a] 33 now.

"There's tons of stuff up there. The kids have nicked a lot of it. When they were going through their teenage years they thought all that stuff was really cool and I never got it back."

Rod has always been "passionate" about his wardrobe and is proud of the fact he has always dressed well.

He told Uncut magazine: "I don't think I was ever a regular dresser. First of all, you've got to be passionate about it and I always have been. I would consider myself to be a pretty good dresser before 'Maggie May', before I had any money. So you either can do it or you can't. You've really got that flair or you haven't.

"There's a film of me that came out, 'An Easter With Rod'. It filmed me for three days when I was 18 and so much of it is about what I'm wearing. I'm above my dad's little sweetshop, in a little bedroom where I lived and I'm showing you my little wardrobe. It was only that wide, full of clothes but I was so proud of them."

EXCLUSIVE! Lorraine Keane teaming up with Rod Stewart for new TV show

Lorraine Keane has landed a new music show with UTV Ireland – and Goss.ie can exclusively reveal she will be working with Rod Stewart.

The former TV3 star will host a set of intimate celebrity interviews, and the rock legend will be one of her first guests.

Speaking at the launch of the UTV Ireland Autumn schedule yesterday, presenter Jenny Buckley let slip that Lorraine’s first guest’s name rhymed with “God” and now sources have confirmed it is in fact rock star Rod taking part

Rocker Rod Stewart Wants To Reform The Jeff Beck Group For A Double-bill Concert Featuring His Other Band, Faces.

The Maggie May hitmaker got his big break in Beck's 1960s group alongside guitarist Ronnie Wood, but they both quit in 1969 to join The Small Faces as they rebranded themselves following frontman Steve Marriott's departure.

Faces reunited in 2011 but Stewart was unable to join them, and he finally got back with his former bandmates for a gig at a charity concert earlier this month (Sep15).

Following the performance, Stewart admitted he is keen for more Faces shows, and now he has revealed he pitched an idea to Wood to also reform The Jeff Beck Group for a series of super-gigs.

Stewart tells Uncut magazine, "I put this to Ronnie and Ronnie thought it was a great idea. I said, 'There's just three of us left. We could have a Faces and a Jeff Beck reunion all on one bill. And you and me are in both bands.'

"We do three-quarters of an hour with Jeff, interval, three-quarters of an hour we do the Faces. What a brilliant time we'd all have. Ronnie'd love to do it, because he can play bass with Jeff."

Singer-songwriter superstar Rod Stewart sells a Beverly Hills rental property

Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart has sold an investment condominium in Beverly Hills for $1.2 million, public records show.

The contemporary Mediterranean-style unit was purchased new more than a decade ago, through a trust in which he holds other property, for $949,000. He also owns a mansion in gated Beverly Park.

The top-floor condo features skylights, an open-plan living room with a fireplace and two balconies. The kitchen has granite counters, a breakfast bar and stainless-steel appliances.

There also are two bedrooms, three bathrooms and a laundry room within the 1,811 square feet of living space. The master suite includes a fireplace and walk-in closet.

The Grammy-winning Stewart, 70, has had a huge impact on the pop and rock music scene for decades. He released his first solo, “An Old Raincoat Won’t Let You Down,” in 1969. He’ll release his 29th studio album, “Another Country,” next month. Among his enduring hits are “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.”

Exclusive! Rod Stewart reveals why The Faces never reformed until 2015
 

In a new interview with Uncut, Rod Stewart has revealed why it’s taken so many years to get the Faces back together. Having not played in public since 1993, the band reunited on September 6 for a Prostate Cancer UK benefit gig. Stewart explained the role of late Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan in the delay:

Mac was a bit of a fly in the ointment when it came to getting the band back together, so once he passed, it became a lot easier, because every time I’d say, “Right, we’re going to do it next year”, Mac would go, “No, you’re not doing it next year because we’re not ready. We’ve got a Small Faces album coming out.” Or something like that. So it was always a bit of negativity with Mac. Funny guy, but…

He also said of their relationship, “In Mac’s case I don’t think he ever really accepted me, but we did become friends.”

The Faces split up in 1975, and Stewart has not appeared with the band since a one-off gig at the 1993 Brit Awards; Stewart, Ron Wood and Kenney Jones briefly reunited for a private, one-off event at Stewart’s 70th birthday party earlier this year. A version of the Faces did tour in 2011, with Mick Hucknall filling in for Stewart and Glen Matlock for Laine.

 

The November issue of Uncut is in stores today (September 22), in which Stewart also discusses style, the Faces’ drinking habits, his relationship with Ron Wood, whether he’s a “rock’n’roll traitor” for embarking on his Great American Songbook project, his throat cancer scare, procrastination, family and not taking anything for granted.

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: No oil painting! So why DID Rod buy it?

Belying his laddish image, Rod Stewart is a keen collector of Pre-Raphaelite art.

But a recent visitor to the singer’s home in Beverly Hills was drawn to a large oil painting given pride of place above the fireplace.

The stern subject of An Elegant Woman, by the 19th-century French artist Hippolyte Casimir Gourse, carries a very familiar countenance.

Don’t you think that one looks like me?’ Stewart asked his interlocutor. ‘You don’t have to answer; I know it does. It looks just like me when I was 18.’

And, as the picture here shows, he’s not wrong. A rebuke, certainly, for all those who said Stewart was no oil painting

Rod Stewart performance at Rock in Rio

Rod Stewart was the last to perform at the World Stage on Sunday (21) of the Rock in Rio and brought a climate of Las Vegas for the festival. Ok, Elton John and Rock City lights helped.

Hits like "It's a heartache" and "Tonight's the night" showed that the renowned hoarseness Rod continues rouquíssima.

During the presentation, he took the lap of one of the backing vocals to rest for "I do'nt wanna talk about it." After all, who does not like to hear a good sax solo in colinho of a beautiful woman?

Another curious scene was a "silly hand" - that happened after his second change of clothes - in "You're in my heart". While it is staged, grace takes effect.

With three different outfits (white and gold suits, and black type costume Elvis Presley), English singer veteran of 70 years did everything he wanted.

He took his former football player skills, kicking signed footballs into the audience. Hence, to hit a camera. Instead of shouting "Brazil, love you," preferred shouting "Cuba libre".

Oh, and did a half stumbling poses on stage. At this time, there are people in the audience who laughed like a fan of Amy Winehouse, those who see more grace in the fact that someone is drunk than singing well.

Among the repertoire of songs, especially "Forever young", perhaps the owner of the largest choir in the evening in the City of Rock. That's when cell phones and beer glasses were raised to the top in the same amount in public.

He also had "The first cut is the deepest" (which always combined with the voice of Rod) and powerful "Maggie May", means ignored by the audience.

A good summary of the show can be done with a part where the guy was not even on stage. It is a time through drumming of the band's singer. If the Olodum made soundtrack miss contest.

Rod Stewart in Sao Paulo. See photos of the show!

Rod Stewart debut Arena for shows

For the first time in Curitiba, the singer and songwriter Rod Stewart performed at the Baixada Arena late on Thursday (17), accompanied by band, suit woodwind and vocal trio.

 

In Brazil with the tour "The Hits", the artist delivered the promised in Curitiba. It was a show of well-known songs, performed by a top band and interpreted by a relaxed singer, safe and in good shape - all wrapped in a playful mood, which combined party, nostalgia, romance, twisted animation and a moderate dose of "kitsch".

Timely and with few words, the musician opened his presentation at 21h28, climate and visual dance with the dance "Having a Party" - old R & B Sam Cooke. Also in this footprint, with big screen projecting images of the soul golden age, Stewart sang "Love Train" before remembering the ballad "Tonight's the Night" accompanied by public choir, and go a panorama of his long career, rowing hits from the early '70s.

Among the most anticipated were "Some Guys Have All the Luck" and "It's a Heartache" - hit country of Bonnie Tyler - who made the audience give up instead of chairs on the lawn industry.

Acoustic section

In "Forever Young," Stewart changed costumes for a long drum solo and, in return, asked the audience to sit down to a slower acoustic section of the show, which began with "The First Cut is the Deepest" - cover of Cat Stevens that the British recorded in 1976, which featured a harp in the arrangement of this tour. Singer followed with "I Do not Want to Talk About It," one of the most well received by the public, who used hundreds of phones to record the performance.

Bath-ball and sudden departure

After the collection of ballads, Stewart presented "Please," one of the songs from their forthcoming album ("Another Country", scheduled for October), and returned to the busiest numbers of his repertoire, with old rock songs and R & B as "Sweet Little Rock & Roller "by Chuck Berry - always accompanied by choreography of his backup singers on stage.

In "You're in My Heart", the artist came knocking ball on screen and paid homage to the Celtics, his football team in Scotland before kick signed footballs into the audience during "Hot Legs", as in a game show .

The moment "silly" of the show, as announced by the screen, continued with "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Stewart sang wearing a cowboy hat.

The singer also presented another of his greatest hits, "Sailing" but the show ended abruptly: Stewart left the stage without a proper farewell (plus a thank you on the big screen) and did not respond to requests for bis of the public.

Arena

Rod Stewart has led a varied public to Arena, but couples, usually an age group that met Stewart in the 70s and 80s, prevailed in the audience.

They went on sale 35 000 tickets. Until noon on Friday (18), the organization did not say how many were sold to the entry. However, while the chairs on the lawn and the side sections filled, further away whole sections of the stage were clearly empty. These places also revealed not a good choice, since improper acoustic Stadium was the sound reach these chairs with a much lower than the nearest quality sectors.

Access by different gates of the stadium every sector generated doubts in public, apparently new in the Arena, but the entrance usually happened, and the output of most of the public did not take more than half an hour.

BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, review: Do ya think I'm singing my hits? Think again, says Rod Stewart

Now in its fifth year, Live In Hyde Park has become the almost-official closer to the outdoor concert season. For the BBC, it offers the double whammy of relentlessly promoting its output and showcasing Radio 2, Britain’s most popular radio station.

Its 55,000 tickets all sold, but while 2014 had the shock and awe of Jeff Lynne fronting Electric Light Orchestra, 2015’s jawdropper-free line-up was more ho-hum and humdrum, and the first and second on the bill are both in their eighth decade. Normally the safest of bets, Rod Stewart fled his comfort zone. “This isn’t a normal Rod Stewart concert,” he explained. “We won’t be playing Sailing, Maggie May, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy or Baby Jane. I wanted to make tonight special.”

So the 70-year-old mostly dipped into his solo and Faces back catalogue for the rarely played Gasoline Alley, Tom Traubert’s Blues and Ooh La La, while his former guitarist and co-writer Jim Cregan guested on the curtailed closer I Was Only Joking. 

Those in a crowd, which included Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, weatherwoman Carol Kirkwood, Kaiser Chief Ricky Wilson and swimmer Mark Foster, who wanted a standard Stewart singalong were dismayed, but not being able to coast galvanised Stewart’s performance and The Killing Of Georgie was sensational. 

Before then, Bryan Adams trundled through some hits, strangely excluding his biggest (Everything I Do) I Do It For You; The Corrs looked and sounded very much as they did in 2005, but it was their first performance since that year, and Leona Lewis’s struggle was mercifully brief.

Five years Stewart’s senior, Giorgio Moroder was second on the bill. Blasting Donna Summer’s Love To Love You Baby over Hyde Park worked well: his wearing a baseball cap backwards and croaking along to Tom’s Diner worked rather less well.

Rod Stewart review – refreshingly unexpected

Hyde Park, London

Forget Baby Jane … this global superstar trades the expected arena singalongs for a fabulous showcase of lesser-known gems

The biggest danger to health as Rod Stewart closes BBC Radio 2’s “festival in a day” in central London isn’t any of the singer’s old vices, such as riotous behaviour and blizzards of cocaine. Instead, it’s the risk of broken limbs from people tripping over an Ikea’s worth of garden furniture that litters the park and is invisible in the darkness.

It’s a curious event – Stewart is preceded by the Corrs, Bryan Adams and a DJ set from Giorgio Moroder (in a backwards baseball cap), that he keeps interrupting with short anecdotes – made even more curious by Stewart’s choice of set. Instead of his usual, slightly tired arena set of singalongs, he promises to showcase less familiar material. Given that he has been a global superstar for 45 years, the concept of “less familiar” is relative, but the result is fabulous.

There’s no Baby Jane or Sailing or Da Ya Think I’m Sexy. But there is a wonderful run that encompasses (I Know) I’m Losing You, the Faces’ You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything, Gasoline Alley, The Killing of Georgie (Parts I and II) and a song introduced as Stewart’s favourite of those Ronnie Lane wrote for the Faces, Ooh La La. Later on, he throws in his version of Jimi Hendrix’s Angel and, magnificently, the Python Lee Jackson hit In a Broken Dream.

Stewart’s voice, although less fragile than on his 2013 tour, isn’t what it once was – he is 70, after all – and there are a couple of moments when his pitch sounds approximate. For the most part, however, he hits the notes he needs to – ascending into a falsetto, and summoning enough power when the song calls for it. It’s a show that leaves you wondering quite how brilliant Stewart might be if he would dispense entirely with the Hollywood material and do something similar in theatres. But for a festival show from an MOR superstar, this is special stuff.

Rod Stewart.. Autographed guitar. In person. Rock in Rio

Charity auction of an autographed Dolphin Rocket ST guitar, signed in person by Rod Stewart. Proceeds support Conservation International and Instituto-E's Rock in Rio Social Project initiative.

Rod Stewart will perform at Rock in Rio Brazil on September 20, in the World Stage. On this day the winner of the auction will have access to backstage where you can be in the presence of Rod Stewart, where it will autograph the guitar.

The raised amount will be used to reforest the watershed of the Guandu River in Rio de Janeiro, with the objective of planting at least 50,000 trees.

This auction was made possible by the generous donation of Izzo Musical.

Do Ya Think He's Sexy? Penny Lancaster, 44, looks on adoringly as 70-year-old husband Rod Stewart performs energetic set at Radio 2 Live gig

They have been married for eight years but its clear Penny Lancaster is not bored of seeing her husband rocking out on stage.

Rod Stewart, 70, put on an energetic display at the BBC Radio 2 Live concert in Hyde Park on Sunday night while his 44-year-old wife looked on from the wings.

Penny wore an edgy leather jacket as she acted as unofficial photographer for her husband's spectacular show which saw him rock a duo of garish ensembles

The Do Ya Think I'm Sexy hitmaker was a picture of vitality as he paraded around the stage in an outlandish tartan suit, which paid homage to his Scottish roots, with a low-cut white shirt revealing a mass of hairy chest.

After a quick outfit change, Rod reappeared in a leopard print shirt with a loose black tie, which he paired with a pair of slim black trousers which boasted golden piping. 

He topped off his second look with a leather jacket which was near-identical to his model wife's while his trademark shock of bleach blonde hair was worn it its usual spiky style.

While Penny watched on, she looked every inch the rock star's wife in her tough leather jacket.

She showed off her spectacular legs in a thigh-skimming mini-skirt which boasted a frill detail around the waist and draping tassels. 

She kept her rock chick theme going with a pair of tough leather ankle boots while she snapped pictures on her smart phone while cradling a huge professional camera round her neck

Notorious former womaniser Rod put on a spectacular show, with a bevvy of beauties in white tasselled flapper dresses providing backing vocals for him. 

As well as his stunning accompanists, the veteran rocker was also backed up by a host of instrumentalists in suave suits. 

Rod sat in the middle of his backing artists as he belted out his classic hits.

Hartlepool musician lives his dream by performing alongside The Faces

 

“That was a lovely feeling and the hairs stood up on the back of my neck.” Mick Donnelly

Mick Donnelly couldn’t believe his luck when he was asked to play with music greats Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood at a charity concert in Surrey on Saturday.

The professional musician, who runs Mick Donnelly Academy of Music, played saxophone and flute at the Rock ‘n’ Horsepower concert at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst.

“It was amazing -and there was a really fantastic crowd,” he said.

“It was well-worth the seven and a half hour trip down there.

“It was a busy weekend as rehearsals were all week and them I had to go back to Hartlepool or the Academy fundraiser- so it 
was hectic.”

He was first asked by Kenny Jones to play for the annual concert, Rock ‘n’ Horsepower charity event at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey, in June, and was invited back for a special concert reuniting the famous Faces.

“I didn’t get to see much of Rod Stewart but I’m friends with Ronnie and he always makes himself available-he is a lovely chap,” he added.

In the late 60s and early 70s The Faces were one of the biggest bands around Famous for huge hits such as Stay With Me and Ooh La La.

But the weekend saw the three surviving members of the original rock group reunite - 40 years after the band split- to raise over £150k for the charity.

Former front man Rod Stewart, 70, reunited with Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood, 68, and the bands’ original drummer Kenney Jones, 66, to play a 45 minute set at the sold-out concert.

Kicking off at 4.30pm the concert saw a crowd of 10,000 turnout.

“The best bit was the elation The Faces got on stage,” Mr Donnelly said.

“We were told to wait on stage waiting and when the three of them walked on stage together the crowd went wild.

“I hope the three guys will get back together again but it was a one-off gig because they are all doing their own thing.”

Mr Donnelly provided the backing to The Face’s set of around eight numbers and will also have a solo part.

He also played throughout the entire four and a half hour concert, and shared the stage with a host of other musicians accompanying legendary artists; including Steve Harley, Paul Carack, Midge Ure and Paul Weller.

Bid to win a Celtic Football Club Soccer Ball Signed by Rod Stewart!

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Penny Lancaster puts on a glamorous display as she leaves the ITV Studios after appearing with husband Rod Stewart on Loose Women

They've been married for eight years so there's no denying that Penny Lancaster knows all there is to know about husband Rod Stewart.

So it only made sense that the 44-year-old accompanied the iconic singer during his appearance on ITV's This Morning on Wednesday. 

Sitting alongside the likes of Janice Street Porter, Ruth Langsford and Coleen Nolan, the 70-year-old was on the show to recollect on his career and discuss his upcoming album, Another Country.

Penny looked typically stunning in a cream blouse and accentuated her slim curves in a form-fitting leopard print pencil skirt as she laughed and joked alongside her man.

Her golden blonde locks were worn in voluminous waves, while her make-up was kept fresh and simple. 

Her husband Rod sported a more eccentric style in a striped blazer, white shirt and red and navy tie, which almost emulated the look of a school uniform. 

The Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? hitmaker finished the look with a pair of skinny jeans and blue, suede brogues. 

The long-time musician was given an hour-long time slot on the show, which saw him answer questions from fans as well as from the Loose Women panel. 

Upon leaving the show Penny looked to slip into something a little more comfortable as she showcased her lean legs in a pair of skinny jeans, which she coupled with a crisp white shirt, a dark brown leather jacket and stylish tan ankle boots. 

Clearly not one to travel lightly, the lingerie model was seen hauling a Louis Vuitton suitcase as she headed to an awaiting car. 

But Rod wasn't the only special guest to visit the ITV Studios on Wednesday. 

As part of the network's 60th anniversary celebrations the Duchess of Cornwall toured the venue on a behind-the-scenes tour which saw her venture into all of the studio areas, gallery and edit suites. 

Camilla also dropped by the Loose Women set, with the presenters and Penny rushing over to say hello. 

Rod Stewart promises more Faces gigs

Rocker Rod Stewart Has Promised Fans He Will Do All He Can To Organise More Shows With His Old Band Faces Following Their Reunion At A Charity Concert On Saturday (05sep15)

The Maggie May singer joined the Stay With Me hitmakers for their first proper gig in four decades to headline bandmate Kenney Jones' Prostate Cancer benefit in England.

Stewart was previously unable to join Faces' 2011 reunion due to other work commitments, but he has now vowed to liaise with guitarist Ronnie Wood to find a "window" in their busy schedules for more shows.

During an interview on U.K. TV show Loose Women on Wednesday (09Sep15), Stewart told the audience, "Now it's down to whether Ronnie and I can find a window of opportunity to (do it again), 'cos he's got the Stones and I've got my career, but keep the faith - we'll do it!"

Stewart appeared on the programme alongside his wife Penny Lancaster, who is a panellist on the chat show, and during his fun-filled 40-minute interview he handed out chocolate cookies to the presenters, judged a Rod Stewart lookalike competition, was serenaded by three bagpipe players, and chatted with his sister Mary as she sat among the studio audience.

He also chuckled as a letter from a girl he once dated at school was read out, and joked, "Is there a picture of what she looks like nowadays?"

Rod Stewart fronts the Faces for first gig in almost 40 years

This weekend saw the singer join Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones for a Prostate Cancer UK gig in Surrey

Rod Stewart – who left the band in 1975 – was joined by Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones at the show in Surrey on 5 September. The band played a seven-song set, including I Feel So Good, You Can Make Me Dance, Ooh La La, I’d Rather Go Blind, (I Know) I’m Losing You, Stay With Me and Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller

 

 

For the first time in 40 years, The Faces – Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Kenny Jones – reunited for a 7-song set at a United Kingdom benefit concert supporting prostate cancer. Jones was diagnosed with the illness in 2013. Speaking after the gig which was in aid of Prostate Cancer United Kingdom, Kenney, 66, stated: “If we decide to take it any further there is each one chance we could do it. We would love to”.

Nine additional musicians performed with horns and backing vocals in the absence of late bandmates Ronnie Lane (who passed away in 1997) and Ian McGlagan (who died in December 2014).

 

At the height of their fame, the band were known for their drinking and partying nearly as much as their music.

“Being in The Faces back in the day was a whirlwind of madness but my God, it was beyond brilliant”. Now that the Stones’ tour schedule is winding down and Keith Richard’s solo project is ramping up, perhaps it’s time Wood took some time to reunite with The Faces.

“The band performed at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey on Saturday (September 5) and Stewart later reflected on the performance on social media”. The band formed from the remnants of The Small Faces, and lasted five and a half successful years in their original incarnation in the early 70s.

Alexander Wang and his celebrity Friends including Rod Stewart want you to do something important

Believe it or not, the self-titled label of wiz-kid designer Alexander Wang turns ten this year. What started as a few too-cool-for-school sweaters has morphed into a global fashion powerhouse that outfits A-list celebrities and has even teamed up with H&M on a collection people coveted like the Holy Grail. (For what it's worth, we knew Alex was going to be a big deal a few years back.) To celebrate what the label is calling #Wang10, Alex has released a capsule collection of womenswear and is allowing his fans to vote on which ten pieces he should bring back from previous seasons. But perhaps most importantly, he has also teamed up with the charity Do Something by making hoodies and T-shirts to help raise money for the organization. If you don't know, Do Something raises funds for projects created by young people that make the world a better place, and Alexander is all about the kids. So he recruited some of his most famous customers, from Pamela Anderson to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, and many more to help spread the word and remind people that if you want to make a difference, it's simple—you've just got to do something. (For example, buy a hoodie from Alexander Wang here.)

For more information, visit www.dosomething.org.

Rod Stewart pays tribute to Celtic fans’ group the Green Brigade by featuring them singing on his new album

ROCKER Rod wrote a song called We Can Win about his love of football and wanted the Parkhead singing section to be part of it

Rod Stewart has paid tribute to Celtic fans’ group the Green Brigade by featuring them singing on his new album.

They can be heard chanting during a game on a track from Celtic-daft Rod’s new album Another Country.

He wrote a song called We Can Win about his love of football and wanted the Parkhead singing section to be part of it.

The track includes audio of the fans singing: “Come on you Bhoys in Green” – one of their favourite chants.

In an interview on Radio 2, Rod, 70, said: “In the middle of the song there’s a break and you will hear all the Green Brigade, which is the Celtic supporters up in Glasgow, singing.

“So this song means a lot to me being a big Celtic supporter. It’s basically about sport but if you zero in on it, it’s about football and the will to win.”

Rod also said he wants to be in France to cheer ­Scotland on if they make it to Euro 2016, providing he’s not touring.

He said: “If we get through to the finals, I want to support the team.”

Rod Stewart shouldn't have married Rachel Hunter

Rod Stewart "should have known better" than to marry Rachel Hunter because she was "far too young" to tie the knot with him.

The rocker admits his former wife - who he wed in 1990 before separating from in 1999 - broke his heart but he always knew she would because in the end their age difference proved to be too much for their relationship.

Model Rachel met Rod when she was just 21 and he was 45, an age gap of 24 years, and they had children Renee and Liam together before eventually divorcing in November 2006, seven years after their initial split.

Speaking about their union, Rod, now 70, said: "Rachel broke my heart. Obviously we're the best of friends now because we've got two kids together. I married Rachel when she was too young. I should have known better. At the wedding ceremony, my sister said to my brother, 'She's gonna break his heart some day,' and she did.

"No fault of hers, I should have known better, she was far too young to have got married.

"That's been the only one so far and she was quite right, she was living in my shadow, she hadn't done enough growing, it just took her a few years to admit it, it was seriously heartbreaking."

The pair's separation came shortly before Rod had a two-week run of concerts and he spent each night expecting her to turn up for the shows.

He admitted: "I kept looking at the side of the stage hoping she'd come to a show and she never did."

Rod has been married to Penny Lancaster since June 2007 and they have two sons, Alastair, nine, and Aiden, four, together.

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