Since starting out in the music industry at the tender age of 17 by taking up busking with a harmonica, Sir Rod Stewart - who was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity - has gone onto be one of the best musicians of all time. Express.co.uk spoke to the singer-songwriter about the past year and how it has affected him - like others in his industry - by not being able to perform and interact with fans. But Rod explained how he has used the time wisely - writing “lots and lots of songs”, so fans are in luck as it seems new music is on the way shortly.
Thousands of New Zealanders have joined British rock icon, Rod Stewart in a nationwide singalong of his hit song, Sailing, to send a message of togetherness to the world.
The Rock the Dock campaign saw Sir Rod Stewart perform a powerful and emotive rendition of his iconic song Sailing, from a boat on the Thames in London, with the pre-recorded performance beamed onto the Te Wero big screen in Auckland, New Zealand's America's Cup Village, and broadcast by official programming partner, TVNZ.
The 36th America's Cup was set to be New Zealand's opportunity to welcome visitors from all over the world, but this wasn't to be - so 100% Pure New Zealand saw an opportunity to send a message of unity and togetherness to America's Cup competitors and their fans around the world.
"Aotearoa's warm welcome and manaakitanga was on full display today, as we cheered on our international friends and became back-up singers for our mate Rod," says Tourism New Zealand, Interim Chief Executive, René de Monchy.
Rod Stewart invites Kiwis to join him in sing-along for America's Cup
Kiwis can slip on their lucky red socks and their leopard skin pants as they prepare to sing along with rock icon Rod Stewart as part of the America’s Cup festivities.
Stewart, 76, released a video message encouraging people to join him in a sing-along of his hit song Sailing that will be shared with the world.
The evergreen rocker will perform the song on Saturday, March 13, as part of Rock the Dock, provided Auckland is back at alert level 1 by then.
But before anyone gets their hopes up that he might appear in person, it should be made clear he will be performing from lockdown in London.
The recorded performance, part of the pomp the America’s Cup, will be beamed onto the Te Wero big screen in Auckland’s America’s Cup Village.
Dropping a “kia ora” in his video message previewing the event, Stewart said he had a “weak spot” for New Zealand, where two of his children are from.
“It’s absolutely wonderful that the boat race is going ahead” he said.
Kia ora and hello to my Kiwi friends!— Sir Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) March 4, 2021
In honor of the 36th America's Cup, we’re taking a moment before the opening race for a sing along.
It's a tune called ‘Sailing’, and I'm looking for some back-up singers.
Join me on 13 March as we #RockTheDockhttps://t.co/ZlHhHIEmgr pic.twitter.com/iv766ZXz4a