Rod Stewart and Van Morrison ‘Raise the Roof’ at Benefit Concert Against Prostate Cancer

Applause was received by Sir Rod Stewart, Van Morrison and Paloma Faith as they led the star-studded line-up at a benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall.


Thousands of people gathered in the world-famous hall in central London for the Raise the Roof charity concert on Wednesday night, organized by the charity Prostate Cancer UK and 64-year-old musician Jools Holland, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2014.

Holland, who played piano along with his rhythm and blues orchestra throughout the show, accompanied all of the musician’s sets.

Meanwhile, Holland and Sir Rod, dressed in a silver suit, presented a new song from a swing album they were working on.

Singer Maggie May danced around the stage singing the refrain of “Sun and Flowers”.

Sir Rod, who previously battled the disease himself and flew to the event from California, told the audience: “To be here is amazing.

“You may or may not have this terrible disease. If it wasn’t for my wonderful wife, wonderful family, and some wonderful doctors, I wouldn’t be here today.

Jules Holland performs with Paloma Faith. (PA/Susan Moore)

The singer later joked about the outfit Van Morrison wore during his performance, which included green aviator sunglasses and a light blue suit with a matching trilby hat.

Sir Rod said, “Ladies and gentlemen, a special round of applause for Van Morrison’s costume.”

“I always warm up with Have I Told You Lately? but he’s in the next dressing room, so I didn’t do that. Well done Van.

Van Morrison wore a blue suit and aviator sunglasses. (PA/Susan Moore)

Sir Rod then said, “What more can we say, Jules?” before adding, “I love you.”

Holland replied, “I love you too,” before they talked about how they got to know each other through their mutual love of model trains.

Holland repeatedly thanked the performers for their support during the show, saying, “I’d like to thank all the artists who came from all over the world to be here tonight.”

Rod Stewart and daughter Ruby reunite for sweet Father's Day duet

The dad, 77, and daughter, 35, duo had their guitars out for the sing-along to Ooh La La by The Faces.

Rod Stewart melts hearts with moving video for Touchline and announces special show in honour of late father

Sir Rod Stewart has delighted fans and left us teary with news of a very special show in Edinburgh in honour of his late father, along with a tear-jerking new video for his track Touchline. To add even more excitement, a selection of tickets will be donated to NHS frontline workers. 

Sir Rod said: “If you know anything about me you know that our dad’s love of football has most definitely left its impact on me and my brothers and I’m delighted that it’s now such an important part of my children’s lives as well.

"The song Touchline was my tribute to him and I’m so happy and moved that the new video takes that to the ultimate level just in time for Father’s Day.

"We just played a magnificent show at the Hollywood Bowl which has me excited for both our North American and UK tours and it’s terrific that we’ll be able to have both NHS workers and doctors and nurses who have been on the front lines these last couple of years as our guests!”

Touchline is taken from The Tears Of Hercules album with the full video dropping this Friday.

“A Scotsman and plumber by trade”, sings Sir Rod, honouring his Edinburgh-born father Robert.

“Now it's my time on the side in the rain and watch my boys play the beautiful game.” he sings.


“And sometimes, sometimes I look up to the clouds and I say ‘Dad I hope you're looking down, cause if it wasn't for you, all this might not have been.’” 

Rod Stewart v Elvis Costello

It has been handbags at dawn for the rock elders Sir Rod Stewart and Elvis Costello OBE. At the Platinum Jubilee concert two weeks ago, National Treasure Sir Rod popped up and gamely honked through Sweet Caroline — and Costello could not resist having a poke at the results.

During a subsequent gig in Glasgow, he addressed the crowd. “I mean, I know you all love him and he’s one of yours and everything — but Rod? We all have bad nights vocally — but for f***’s sake, Sweet f***ing Caroline? Are you f***ing kidding me?”

Understandably miffed, Stewart took to his High Dudgeon Writing Bureau and posted the following missive on Instagram: “Yes, my voice was rough cos of Covid. I apologise, I thought it better to make an appearance rather than let everyone down so sorry. By the way where’s your hair gone mate????? Sir Rod.”

Oooooh! Oooooh! The men are fighting! Over singing and hair! Is this toxic masculinity? Or just fabulous, bloody, icon-on-icon bitching? Costello then tried to row back: “If you read my actual remark, it [was] about the wrong-headed idea of asking Sir Rod [to] pass up You Wear It Well to lead a f***ing singalong,” only for Rod’s wife, Penny Lancaster, to explain: “[He] didn’t have much of a choice” when it came to performing Sweet Caroline, because it’s “the Queen’s favourite”.

And, indeed, you can see why the Queen plumped for the cover version — most of Rod’s back catalogue would have been inappropriate, given the circumstances. Hot Legs? She has mobility issues. Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?? Prince Andrew. Sailing? The royal yacht was decommissioned in 1997. Maggie May? It’s about an ageing woman called Margaret who keeps having romantic liaisons with inappropriate men. Honestly, I think Her Majesty A&R’d this whole thing very well. Although Costello was very gracious about the “balding” comment: “Bad gigs come and go — like hair, which I keep sewn in my hat.”


Sir Rod Stewart pledges support to fundraiser for cancer-stricken Rangers legend Andy Goram

The singer wanted to put his weight behind a dinner hosted by our columnist Tam Cowan.

Sir Rod Stewart has pledged his support to a fundraiser for cancer -stricken Rangers legend Andy Goram.

The singer wanted to put his weight behind a dinner hosted by our columnist Tam Cowan.

Rod has now donated a VIP night at one of his gigs at the Hydro, Glasgow, on November 29 and December 3.

Two tickets, which will include meeting Rod, will be auctioned at Airdrie Working Men’s Club on June 22.

It is understood online bids have already topped £500.

Goram revealed to the Record last month that he had been diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer after thinking he had indigestion.

The ex-Ibrox goalkeeper said doctors told him he had six months to live, which was later cut to six weeks.

Sir Rod got in touch after Tam joked about his off-key performance last week at the Platinum Jubilee party.

Tam said: “Rod had a giggle about my column. He said he was hoarse because he was recovering from Covid.

“It’s amazing that he that has put up a meet and greet for Andy.”

Ex-Celt Frank McAvennie and other Old Firm legends are expected at the event.

Goram was last week moved to St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie after radiotherapy.

Sunday Conversation: Rod Stewart On The Queen, Elton, Touring And Why He May Retire His Hits After This Tour

Steve Baltin  Senior Contributor. Forbes

Rod Stewart is feeling a bit sentimental these days. At 78, Stewart, who is kicking off his upcoming North American tour with Cheap Trick June 14 at the Hollywood Bowl, opened his Vegas residency with a cover of Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" as a tribute to Palmer, "Who was a good mate of mine."

Stewart, who played the Queen's Jubilee in the U.K. this weekend, was also open to running into long time friend Elton John, with whom he has been publicly feuding for years.

" I haven't spoken with Elton for ages. We're not in contact with each other, but there could be a reunion, big hug and let's bury that hatchet type of thing. But whether I see him or not, it's such a big festival," Stewart says. "There are three stages set up in front of Buckingham Palace. So security, as you can imagine, is gonna be unbelievable. But hopefully I'll get to see him and speak to him."
One thing that Stewart is not feeling sentimental about right now is his incredible catalog of songs. When I meet with him for the first of two conversations at his L.A. rehearsals he discusses the fact that his current world run could be the last time he plays his hits.
"I don't want to be singing 'Hot Legs' when I'm 80," he explains. Stewart, of course, could change his mind about retiring some of the biggest hits of the last50 years, but watching him excitedly air drum along to a version of "Lullaby Of Broadway" he and Jools Holland recorded for a new project it seems that Stewart is ready for the next challenge, just as he was when he took on his Great American Songbook series with great success.

So, Elton, saying goodbye to his hits, the importance of band camaraderie, his kids, why he is a loyalist to the Queen — Rod Stewart has a lot to share over our two chats.

Steve Baltin: How did the Vegas shows feel to you?

Rod Stewart: They were great. We changed a lot around, we put songs in and changed the running order, make it a bit different. We're getting ready for the Hollywood Bowl, which is a big one for me. So I'm coming back on the weekend to do the Jubilee for our majesty the Queen, 70 years on the throne. So it's a big event in England. So it's a big party, I think Elton is doing it and Duran Duran, Ed Sheeran, a lot of people are doing it.

Baltin: I am sure you have a long history with the Queen.

Stewart: I don't phone her up and ask for a cup of tea or something. But I've met her several times, wonderful lady and she has got a sense of humor. I know a lot of people won't believe that, but she has.

Baltin: Do you still get that sense of awe that you are playing for the Queen?

Stewart: Oh yeah, say that again, mate, let alone being a knight. God almighty, coming from a council house in North London, my god. But it is a great privilege. I am a loyalist, I love the crown. I love what they bring to the party, business for the U.K. She's a great woman, she really is. One thing the majesty and I have in common is we've had the same haircut for 60 years, which we have (laughs).

Baltin: Does a show like this feel like this a reunion?

Stewart: I haven't spoken with Elton for ages. We're not in contact with each other, but there could be a reunion, big hug and let's bury that hatchet type of thing. But whether I see him or not, it's such a big festival. There are three stages set up in front of Buckingham Palace. So security, as you can imagine, is gonna be unbelievable. But hopefully I'll get to see him and speak to him.

Baltin: It was actually Iggy Pop who explained this to me best. He said when he reunited with the Stooges all the fighting fades away and you just remember what you built together.

Stewart: Yeah, he's spot on there. That's what it is. Strip away all the bulls**t and what you're left with — two human beings who share music and fun and laughter. A load of memories. I'll you know what happens.

Baltin: Did you miss touring?

Stewart: Oh, yeah. Did I miss it? It's not just for getting out there and performing for everybody. But I have a wonderful band that they're literally like my children. They're such great performers, and we love each other socially. If you're in a band that doesn't get on well, touring is horrible.

Baltin: How long did it take to put this band together?

Stewart: Most of them have been together about 25 years. The girls have changed over the while. But most of them quite a long time.

Baltin: It's funny that you say that if you're in a band that doesn't get along it's horrible. Also too, as you get older your priorities change so much and I am sure that is more important now.

Stewart: Yeah, of course they do. Especially with me, having gone through cancer, you really do. Your priorities change a great deal.

Baltin: So at what point did you realize that it was just as important to have a band that gets along as one that sounds good?

Stewart: Well, I've always believed that the band should get on well, but I've had a few of arseholes in bands before. And we get rid of them real quick.

Baltin: Where were you partying last night?

Stewart: We just we went down to Mr. Chow. Took over the room upstairs and just had a big sing song and a drink up.

Baltin: When you get together just to hang out and sing, what songs do you do?

Stewart: I can't remember what we were singing. Like we were making them up as we went along. Filthy songs, no doubt [laughter].

Baltin: A lot of musicians had a big adjustment being at home during COVID. How was it for you?

Stewart: Well, first of all, my family at home is I've got eight children. The children come and go. They live all around the place. Going through the COVID was pretty easy for me, because I got a big house and sometimes I don't see my wife all day [chuckle]. So, it was a lot easier than it was for someone living in an apartment with six kids and two rooms. So, a lot easier. But I love my family. I love my children. And that's the only difficult part, going on tour and not seeing them. But what I do is I work around their holidays. When they're on a holiday, I go on tour and then they can come out and be with me. I miss doing the school run with my kids. Embarrassing them all, dropping them off in a Lamborghini [laughter].

Baltin: Is it embarrassing for them or for you?

Stewart: It's funny, the younger kids love it. But as they get a bit older, my 15-year-old son said, "Alright, dad. Drop me here. I'd rather walk the rest." They've all done that. They all love it when they're really young. Dad's super cars. And then when they get older, they go, "No. Don't bring that around here."

Baltin: But that is every rock star parent. I have talked to so many people about this and no matter how successful or famous you are you will never be cool to your own kids.

Stewart: No, they're absolutely right. I was talking to my youngest son when he was about six. "Yes, dad. Okay, dad, look forward. Okay, dad." And then he gave the phone to my wife and he said, It's Rod Stewart on the phone [laughter].

Baltin: At what point did they start to realize what you do? And kids are the best litmus test for the songs. Are there new songs that they really appreciated?

Stewart: They're very much in love with today's music, hip hop and rap stuff. So I listen to a lot of it with them. A lot of it goes over my head, but some of it's really good. No, I wouldn't say they would go out and buy my records, they're too young. They like coming to the concerts, they enjoy that bit.

Baltin: So did you get cool points then when you collaborated with A$AP Rocky?

Stewart: Oh, big time. Yeah.

Baltin: Who's their favorite?

Stewart: Tyler the Creator.

Baltin: Were there songs you missed doing COVID or that you got a chance to revisit and would want to being back into the set?

Stewart: No, none of them. I can't think of anything that is so old that I would bring back. Me and Ronnie [Wood] were working on the Faces album. We found some Faces tracks from the '70s. We dug 'em up and we've been working on that. And if it's gonna come to fruition, hopefully it will. But otherwise. I do songs from way back anyway. I'm not a musician when I'm home.

Baltin: So what do you care about when you're home?

Stewart: My railway, my model railway. It's been going on for 26 [years]. Don't take the piss or I'll f**king hit you [laughter].

Baltin: I'm surprised though 'cause I thought you were going to say football as well.

Stewart: Well, I used to play football. I played football up until I was 60 something.

Baltin: Do you still follow it though?

Stewart: Oh Christ yes. It's an obsession. I follow Glasgow Celtics and go and visit all the games and everything. Yeah, it is an obsession, but it is for my family. All my kids watch football. We're a football family. It's great.

Baltin: So you were your saying kids really introduce you to a lot of stuff?

Stewart: Yeah, they do. And I listen. I'm a big fan of George Ezra. I like him a lot. He's totally different to any other rock star that's came along. He's different voice, different songs. Songs are different. Everything's different about him. The girls love him and he's not a typical-looking rock star. He just wears a jumper on stage and he's very good looking.

Baltin: Are there new songs that you're particularly excited to do for a first time and see how the audience responds to them?

Stewart: Yeah, we're starting the show with "Addicted To Love." And all the girls, we're gonna do the Robert Palmer video 'cause he was a good mate of mine and we're gonna do all the girls dressed up. They all have the same outfits and red lipstick and their hair back and they play the guitars. I did love Robert. He was a hero of mine.

Baltin: Is it something for you that was special to be able to do the song and pay tribute to him?

Stewart: Yeah. I think it's my number one rock song. I know it is for a lot of people and especially the video was just so, so one major capture. It was so different. Actually, Robert and I confessed one night, he said that "Hot Legs" inspired "Addicted To Love." And my song "Young Turks" I said was inspired by his "Johnny And Mary."

Baltin: So you're opening with "Addicted to Love." What about songs off the new album? Are there any in particular that you're really excited to do?

Stewart: Yeah, I will do one of them, can't do too many people just want hear the same songs. There's so many of them that I could do. There was a track on the last album, which meant a lot to me because it was about my father and his relationship with his three boys. My two brothers obviously, and the fact that we all played football and he was always on the touchline watching us and then all sorts of Weather inspiring us and I've written a song about it. It's called "Touchline." I think that's one of my favorites. little heard song though.

Baltin: As you say, it's a little heard song but it's funny because a lot of the times the song takes time. Take for example, a song like "The Killing of Georgie Part I and II," I feel like that's a song today that has more meaning now than it probably even did then at the time. Do you think people understood how significant it was?

Stewart: Only on reflection when people would come up to me and say, "Oh thank you for that song. It helped me through a bad time." And that really means a lot to me. It was 1976 when it came out and it helped them through a dark time. That really makes it special.

Baltin: Is there music of yours that you can go back and listen to?

Stewart: Oh, I love listening to my Great American Songbook. I love that. Yeah.

Baltin: Is it because they weren't your songs or was it because it was just songs that have memories for you as a kid?

Stewart: Yes. And also because they, as a vocalist, they stretch you, the melodies stretch you and it's just lovely. You know, Jools Holland? I'm doing a swing album with him. We're halfway through it and it's really great, but it's not the sort of Frank Sinatra swing, it's more like, I don't know, like "Rock Around The Clock." We play it rock and roll style. We've done "The Lullaby of Broadway." So many songs we've done. It's so great. His band is amazing. And he records in a little studio, which is probably three times the size of this and he gets 18 musicians in there and they all play live and all the solos are alive. No one overdubs, except for me when I do the vocals. So I think we've got a follow on and they're all fast numbers too. I played it to the band last night before we went out to dinner and everyone was just rocking.

Baltin: And I imagine for you, it's the type of thing that just keeps things fresh, getting to mix it up.

Stewart: Yeah. I don't really work with a lot of other people. I don't know why. I'm a tad too shy to phone people up. [But] Jools Holland is a big model railroader as well. We talk about railroads then we go, "No. Okay. We better talk about music now, getting this album done," but it is a real pleasure. Such a wonderful band.

Baltin: Is there a timeline for when that'll come out?

Stewart: I suppose September. We're gonna finish it off rest of it next week.

Baltin: Is there one song on the album that you're most excited about?

Stewart: My favorite is "Ain't Misbehavin'." Jools takes it into double time in the middle really.

Baltin: Will you be incorporating any of this into the tour?

Stewart: No, probably by the time next year's finished that will be it for me. I want to move on and just do the classics and the swing stuff, but I don't want to be singing "Hot Legs" when I'm 80. I'm not retiring, but this will be the last time we do these songs in America. I just want to make a clean sweep. I want to go on tour with a big band and just play this stuff that I love, it's a different entity to rock and roll, although that's where it all came from. The way we are doing these songs is with a back beat. I wish I could describe it. On '23 I'll go to Brazil and wrap it all up.

Loose Women’s Penny Lancaster, 51, and Rod Stewart, 77, celebrate 15th wedding anniversary

Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart have celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in style.

The pair married back in 2007 in an intimate ceremony in La Cervara, Italy, and the couple look happier than ever 15 years later.

In a sweet post on Penny's Instagram account, it showed the 77-year-old rock star with his model wife, 51, posing in front of a fancy stairwell before a dinner.

The couple are celebrating the occasion slightly earlier than expected, however, with the official anniversary not until next Thursday. But rock star Rod is heading stateside for a couple of shows at the Hollywood Bowl and Santa Barbara Bowl before hitting the road on a tour of the US.


Music industry is stuck in analogue and must evolve, says Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart has called on the music industry to evolve like the Queen and said that artists are not reapingthe benefits of the streaming boom. The singer said the music business was stuck in an “analogue age” and must follow the lead of Britain’s jubilee-celebrating monarch in embracing change.

Writing in The Times, Stewart said: “Streaming is the greatest gift to artists and songwriters since the mass production of records — yet in many cases data is still being processed manually, meaning that these great creators don’t get paid promptly, and sometimes not at all.

“An army of middlemen and administrators around the world take a slice of the cake as the royalties still pass through a system of agencies, offices, payment processes and agreements which were designed for the world as it was when, as a boy, I and so many millions watched the Coronation.”

Stewart, 77, is among the world’s bestselling artists. He has sold more than 250 million records and had 31 top 10 singles in the UK. The singer, whose hits include SailingThe First Cut is the Deepest and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy has nearly 10.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, while his top 10 songs have racked up more than 246 million streams on the platform. Spotify pays between $0.003 to $0.005 per stream, meaning that Stewart’s revenue from the platform for these songs is estimated to be more than $4 million.

“Music industry revenues have been climbing for a decade and the growth in streaming means they should continue to do so,” he said. “But the way in which the music industry is structured means that revenue isn’t getting to the artists – the musicians and songwriters who create the songs.” Stewart welcomed an intervention from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which in January announced it was launching an investigation into the music streaming market. It vowed to analyse the sector “from creator to consumer, paying particular attention to the roles played by record labels and music streaming services”. The CMA must publish its findings by January 26, 2023.

The regulator was asked to launch the study after a sharply critical report by a group of MPs last year said that the streaming market needed a complete overhaul to prevent it jeopardising the future of the British music industry. The report, from the Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee, said that more needed to be done to ensure songwriters, performers and composers received a fair share of earnings from their music being streamed.

Stewart is on the line-up for the Platinum Party at the Palace concert tomorrow evening, taking to the stage outside Buckingham Palace 20 years after performing at the Golden Jubilee celebration.

He said the UK had “punched well above its weight providing a soundtrack to the world” during the Queen’s 70-year reign. “I’m optimistic we’re now turning on to a path where our love of music and determination to succeed will mean that the UK music industry is going to be as successful for the next 70 years as it was for the last, and that writers and performers will fairly share in that success,” he said.

In the UK, more than 80 per cent of recorded music is listened to through streaming services. Total music sales rose 12.8 per cent to £1.3 billion last year, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Overall UK physical music sales rose 14.6 per cent to £241 million in 2021, a faster rate of growth than streaming, which was up 13.7 per cent to £837 million.

Stewart is well placed to take advantage of the boom given that old music is performing well on streaming services as it reaches new audiences. The BPI published research in 2020 showing that back-catalogue albums had accounted for 68.2 per cent of all purchases and streams in 2020, a rise from 62.6 per cent in 2019.

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Preparing for the big event…

Rod Stewart and family entourage pose outside Buckingham Palace ahead of Jubilee concert

The Jubilee concert, which is taking place on June 4, will be celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years on the throne.

He appeared in high spirits as he practised his set to stunned Londoners who were passing by.

Rod Stewart and family entourage pose outside Buckingham Palace ahead of Jubilee concert

As he gears up for the performance, the I Don't Want to Talk About It singer took to his Instagram Stories to share a sweet photo in front of the Palace.

The musician looked suave as he posed a few steps in front of the rest of the family.

He rocked slim-fitting black trousers, a white button-up shirt, a blue and red flannel coat as well as a brown scarf.

His wife Penny Lancaster, who he married in 2007, stood a metre behind him as she placed her arms around two others.



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