Daily Mail 27/02/2017
He is playing a show at London's O2 Arena to a sold-out crowd of 20,000 people on Monday night.
But Rod Stewart dismissed his superstar status that afternoon, as he and his wife Penny Lancaster decided to venture to his gig on humble public transport.
In a bid to keep a low profile, the 72-year-old rocker clad himself in sunglasses as he made his way to the venue on a number of trains and tubes, instead of in a private car - with his wife, 45, documenting the whole saga on Instagram.
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The year of
activity on stage is the enormity of the experience allowing self-confidence and freedom that can not be denied Stewart.
Especially that this year's route is primarily retrospection life and career of the artist, so personal that even though the concert was prepared to measure the global musical event, was the
atmosphere rather "home". However, anyone who expected
production format stardom - he must have felt pleased this evening. The audience gathered in Krakow Tauron Arena
received a two-hour production in the old school atmosphere, full of humor and distance himself.
Rod Stewart knows and likes to joke with each other, so when the third piece is placed on the stage, pretending to physical exhaustion, we know that he knows that many of us wonder why he takes so
Rod Stewart sang surrounded by a multipurpose team, and this term refers particularly its female part. Girls dwoiły and troiły, dancing, singing background vocals, playing the violin, harp, banjo, perkusjonaliach. In the last break to change clothes singer accompanying sang - explosively arranged hit from the repertoire of Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High." Stewart mince a couple of times when he founded a gold suit - accompanied by ladies in costumes with the same colors. Despite 72 years on the neck the artist does not intend to "settle down". He loves to charm and seduce its audience. He learned Polish "thanks", praised Krakow and promised to come back in the summer, when "the city will be more beautiful," - he said.
"Every time he gives the audience a voice I pray you to know the words," - said at the beginning of the concert. Sing was a lot, because this tour is a sentimental journey listeners, but the Rod Stewart, who on giant screens behind the stage show video showing him with his family and his beloved football club Celtic FC, whose logo adorns the percussion rate. "All my life you love only her mother and the football team" - said before performing "You Are In My Heart". On the other hand, performing "You Can not Stop Me", which devoted father, accompanied by visuals depicting Stewart as a teenage girl on the threshold of their careers. "I hope that the memory you like it" - said a little flustered artist.
Especially Tauron Arena rozśpiewała to the ballad "I Do not Want To Talk About You," and the "Sail" the whole room lit up dozens of flashlights of mobile phones. Emotions reached its zenith when, during "Stay With Me" Stewart dug the scene a dozen footballs with his autograph. And some threw themselves on not sacrificing life. the grande finale of the concert - the breakout hit "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" - from the ceiling at the audience sprinkled a hundred colorful balloons. "Enjoy yourself", which Stewart eventually crowned performance , sounded as the apotheosis of carefree fun, in which the audience had time to lose.
The dynamics of the show has changed several times as and different is the style of songs Stewart. Disputes set gave Celtic inspirations in his music, beginning with the song "Love Is" from his recent album "Another Country." "Forever Young" presented in extended arrangement with drum solo on three sets ... and the steppe Irish. On the other hand, the song "The First Cut Is The Deepest" started some acoustic concert, which turned out to be the moment of the most interesting musically. For he created space for instrumental solos and therefore quite intimate mood, but also given the chance to listen to the voice of the Stewart, a little dying the more dance numbers.
The team accompanying musicians Stewart is strong competitors with guitarist Emerson Swinford in the lead, and most of all - saxophonist Jimmy Roberts. On his shoulders he rested a big responsibility, because the saxophone Stewart in music, especially in the ballads, plays a huge role, almost equal footing with the voice. Roberts replaced here long companion Stewart, Katja Rieckermann, for which many probably misses, but I do not think the parties in anyone left unsatisfied. Associate Etta James and Sade is a virtuoso of the instrument, an excellent musician, and his solos significantly raise the value of a musical concert.
In addition to these hits do not run "Maggie May", "Sailing", there were also characteristic gestures on stage, variety, drama, cabaret, color, lights, dancing. Aesthetics Rod Stewart concert is different from that to which we are habituated Contemporary artists and today's great productions, it is even quite old-fashioned. But it is exactly what you expect of his biggest fans. It was a solid two-hour show in a style that could and had to wake sea of memories.
Music icon Rod Stewart is heading to the North East for one of only two UK mainland concerts this year.
Rod Stewart will be at Emirates Riverside, the home of Durham County Cricket Club , on Friday, June 9. He will also play at Shrewsbury Town Football Club on Wednesday, June 7.
Tickets for both concerts go on sale at 9am on Friday, February 24, and will be available from ticketmaster.
The announcement Rod is to play the two gigs comes after it was announced he will be headlining at the Isle of Wight Festival on June 11.
The Durham and Shrewsbury concerts will be his only mainland UK appearances in 2017.
Rod delighted fans across the UK in 2016 with two sold-out tours – The UK Hits Stadium Tour and the arena tour From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits.
He will be bringing two spectacular live shows to Durham and Shrewsbury performing a set of both classics and new hits in his dazzling signature style.
As one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide, his performance will include show stopping classics spanning five decades including Maggie May, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, Baby Jane, The First Cut is the Deepest and I Don’t Want to Talk About it.
Daily Mail 14/02/2017
They have been a couple for a blissful 18 years and are fast approaching their tenth wedding anniversary.
Yet Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster proved the flame still burns bright as they headed out on London's Bond Street while enjoying Valentine's Day festivities on Tuesday.
The 72-year-old opted for a typically quirky ensemble as he prepared to wine and dine his model wife, 45, who was flaunting her endless legs in a thigh-skimming mini dress paired with a stylish fur gilet.
Rod showed off his quirky style as he slipped into a bright yellow jumper adorned with a print of dogs all over layered beneath a checked blazer.
He kept the colour scheme coordinated by rocking a pair of bold orange cords beneath the ensemble atop a pair of tan brogues.
"If you think I'm sexy come on sugar let me know. Tell me so baby," sings Sir Rod Stewart in his song Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? a hot favourite - from his 1978 album Blondes Have More Fun - that would make all his females fans swoon! The legendary crooner plans to wield the same magic at his upcoming concert in Abu Dhabi on March 2.
"My audience these days is more of a cross section - from youngsters to people my age. But ya, I still get many women admirers in the crowd," Stewart admitted in an exclusive phone interview with City Times.
It's been more than four decades since Sir Roderick David Stewart aka Rod Stewart, has been performing, but the 72-year-old British rocker can still slay fans with his romantic ballads. "Well! I still have a large number of female admirers, but the young ladies are not young anymore," he added.
For an ageing musician, he is still a quintessential rock star - looks dapper, has an immaculate and colourful sense of dress, streaky blonde hair, great
sense of humour and oh yes, a fabulous performer on stage. He still seems to have boundless energy - enough to rock the du Arena. So how does he manage to keep in shape? "I make it a point to work
out at least three times a week. Well, I have a trainer who keeps me in top condition. I mainly concentrate on cardio workouts and muscle strengthening exercises." That could well be the secret to
his electric performances.
Stewart's trademark raspy voice is as soulful today as it was back in the day, but it wasn't easy for him to maintain his voice for more than four decades. In fact, in 2001, he underwent a throat surgery for cancer following which he had to drop his voice an octave lower, and had to re-learn how to sing all over again. "It takes great effort to keep your vocal cords in shape. It needs a lot of rest, a lot of water, warm up and warm down routines (when singing)," Stewart revealed about his vocal longevity.
"As the great tenor (Luciano) Pavarotti once told me 'You are a prisoner of your own voice'. So you have to be very, very careful. Your voice is a very delicate instrument you know, you have to look after it," added the singer who has cut about 29 studio albums and is working on another two.
The blues influence
Sir Rod started his career singing R&B and blues songs in the mid-'60s. He first teamed up with ex-Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck and then joined hands with friend Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) to form the Faces. Back then, rock bands were heavily influenced by blues, but is blues even relevant in today's music? "Not really," explains the legend. "Music has moved on so radically from the simple blues of the '40s and '50s.
"Artistes have begun creating their own original music now, they don't look back at the past so much. Blues was something we grew up on back then, however, times have changed... and so has music.
"Young musicians can still get influenced by blues musicians like Muddy Waters or Howlin' Wolf (mid-'70s bluesman) if they want to. But most of them seem to be influenced by other people. It's as simple as that!"
Leaving his past, hedonistic, heady days of rock 'n' roll far behind, Stewart now maintains a very disciplined lifestyle, spends time with his kids at home and even kicks the ball around with them. "You know I've put an astro football pitch in my new house where I kick the ball around with my sons and train around the pitch. It's a great way for me to keep fit as well," the rocker said.
Happy family man
"Well, in the earlier days, I used to very busy and tour mainly for career opportunities. But all that has changed drastically. Nowadays, I try to do my concerts
around my kids' holidays - so maybe in the summer when I'm touring the US with Cyndi Lauper, my kids can be with me. I now arrange my concerts to fit in with my children's schedule, not the other way
Stewart and Lauper are doing a US tour starting at Hollywood, Florida on July 6 and ending a little over a month later in Houston. All this will be after his Abu Dhabi gig where he has promised some surprises. "Be prepared to listen to a long session of my all-time hit numbers. It's going to be a jolly good concert in Abu Dhabi, so be there," are his parting words before he goes off the line from somewhere in Europe.
Has Knighthood 't changed anything?
Sir Rod Stewart was knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace in October last year in recognition of his 45-year career, services to music and charity. So has knighthood changed his life in anyway? "Not really! My day-to-day life is still the same, nothing much seems to have changed. It's a great honour though. It's bestowed on you by the British people, not by the monarachy. It's a great feeling to be knighted though. What a wonderful day I had at the Buckhingham Palace the day I was knighted!" remarked Sir Rod.
Fasten your seatbelts, UAE!
You have told the audience in the UAE to fasten their seatbelts, what's the underlying message here?
"I want to tell them to be prepared for a rocky ride baby! It's going to be a great night, it's going to be a very, very sexy, colourful, up-tempo and energetic night
Tell us a bit about your Abu Dhabi gig set list?
"I am going to be doing all the songs that made Rod Stewart famous - old and new ones from my last two albums; something from my last two albums and watch out, I'll
be also slipping in some surprises - who knows what I may come up with! I will be playing all the songs my audience love to hear. "
How was it the last time you performed in Dubai (2010)?
"It was great, but a bit too hot and sweaty! Nevertheless, we had a very energetic audience and it was fun singing for them. I look forward to returning to Dubai sometime... By the way how far is Dubai from Abu Dhabi?"
On his songs
Why did you to switch over to jazz for the American Songbook album?
"Well why not? They're such great tunes. I didn't know American Songbook would be such a huge success - sold 27 million copies you know! You can say it was a labour of love.
"I grew up with those jazzy songs playing in the background. I love singing them and I hope to go on tour once more just to sing those lovely songs."
Which are your three all-time favourites from your repertoire?
"All my songs are great songs! I love all of them, I can't single out any as a favourite.
"To me, they are all good - some of them were hits and some were not. Yet I love them all."
How was it performing in the '60s-'70s and now? What's the difference?
"The concerts today have a lot more songs to offer the audience than back in the day. The duration of the shows is much longer now than it used to be - they run into nearly two hours. We have to sing more songs. Obviously, my audience is more mature, nevertheless they are as enthusiastic as ever for my concerts."
What's on your playlist right now?
"Frankly, I don't have much time to listen to music. I'm extremely busy working on two albums - I'm writing one and working on another. So yeah, no time to listen to anything. However, among the new crop of blues influenced musicians, I like to listen to the American blues rock band Tedeschi Trucks."
Crazy over Celtic Football Club
Much before becoming a rock sensation, Sir Rod Sewart was a keen soccer player. In fact, he even did a soccer apprenticeship at Brentford Football Club in his youth. He was the captain of the school football team, playing as a centre-half for Middlesex school.
You are a die-hard football fan. So who are you betting on this season?
"Oh! I am a huge Celtic FC supporter. They are from Glasgow you know. They are my all-time favourite soccer club. Currently my team is riding on the crest of a wave. We are on top of the league at the moment. We are 27 points ahead of Rangers. It's a good time to be a Celtic supporter now!"
We heard that you cried once when Celtic won a big game?
"Yes, that's absolutely true. I burst into tears when my beloved Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Champions League in 2012. It was a very emotional moment for me. This just goes to show how grown up men can get carried away with football matches."
You played football in school. Do you still kick the ball around?
"Oh yes, indeed, I do, very much! In fact, I have even got a pitch in my new home. Great way for me to keep fit."
When: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Where: du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Tickets: Dhs1095 (Tree House), Dhs895 (Golden Circle, early entry), Dhs795 (Golden Circle), Dhs495 (Grandstand), Dhs395 (General Admission - early entry), Dhs295 (General Admission)
and Dhs250 (General Admission - early bird)
. For tickets call 800 TM UAE (80086823)
Rod Stewart is more demanding than his young sons Alistair, 11, and Aiden, five, according to his wife Penny Lancaster.
The 6ft 1in beauty, 45, revealed the singing superstar, 71, needs to be showered with attention after stepping off the stage in front of his adoring fans, in an interview with the Sunday People.
Penny said: 'Rod has always been like my third child and my most demanding boy out of the three.
'When Rod is always on tour, in hotel rooms, and after the euphoria of a show, with millions of fans screaming "I love you", he comes home and then he's just Dad, he's not Sir Rod Stewart any more. It must be a bump back to earth, so he requires a lot of my attention.
The blonde stunner is no stranger to discussing personal subject matter as a Loose Women panellist, however, Penny said it's often Rod's revelations that leave her blushing.
'When he talks about personal things I get a bit flustered,' she explained. 'It's Rod who says the stuff that makes me go "Oh God" in interviews! He's the cheeky one. You do need to make time for each other, though, and not come up with excuses.'
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