Liam Stewart, second from right, practices for the Alaska Aces hockey team in Anchorage, Alaska. Stewart, the son of rock superstar Rod Stewart and supermodel Rachel Hunter, says he just wants to
be treated as one of the guys.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Rock superstar Rod Stewart is well-known for his love of soccer, especially the Celtic Football Club in Glasgow, Scotland.
Hockey, it turns out, is another matter.
"All he knows is if my team scores. That's about it," said his son, Liam Stewart. "I was like, 'Dad, that's all you need to know — if we win or if we score.'"
Liam Stewart, 21, is the newest addition to the roster of the Alaska Aces, an ECHL development league team formerly affiliated with the Minnesota Wild of the NHL. The
6-foot-1, 181-pound forward was traded to the Anchorage team from Missouri in early October after playing the past four years for the Spokane Chiefs.
Liam Stewart was born in London to Rod Stewart and his then-wife, supermodel Rachel Hunter. After the couple split, Liam grew up in the Los Angeles area with his mom.
He said his famous dad never pushed him to get into soccer, but he still played the sport until he was 13 or 14, when the hockey bug bit him.
"I just wanted to play hockey, and that's what got me here today," Liam Stewart said during an interview following practice last week at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.
Aces head coach Rob Murray said from a coaching standpoint, Liam Stewart's pedigree is a nonissue.
"He's just another hockey player on my team, and he's got to do what he needs to do to make us successful," Murray said.
That's good news for Liam Stewart, who said he wants to make a name for himself without relying on his parents' fame or wealth.
When he played in Spokane, Washington, he wasn't treated differently.
"I was known as 'Stewie' around the rink, like I was just another guy," Liam Stewart said. "It was awesome."
Murray said everyone on the team is trying to forge their own identity, including Dean Chelios, whose father, Chris, was a famous NHL player.
"These kids are trying to make it on their own. They're not worried about who they are or where they came from," Murray said. "They all want to be hockey players, and they
want to do it on their own merits."
Liam Stewart and his Aces teammates are still getting to know each other, and that means the other players haven't been razzing him about his famous parents.
"Not yet, at least," he said, laughing. And if it does happen?
"That just comes with it, I guess," Liam Stewart said. "Nothing wrong with it. I just laugh about it and, you know, have a good time with it."
La Tavola Calda tribute act got the chance to meet hero
A TALENTED tribute act was given the chance of meeting the idol that he impersonates.
Garry Pease will be known to many in Nuneaton for his performances at the La Tavola Calda.
He has gained a huge amount of fans in the town performing as Rod Stewart.
But the singer was given the chance to meet the man himself.
Rod appeared on ITV programme 'Loose Women' on Wednesday and Garry was one of a trio of impersonators invited on the daytime show as well.
Owner of the La Tavola Calda, Mick Emanuele, said: "Garry is a wonderful man and an excellent performer.
"I am really pleased that he was given the chance of meeting Rod Stewart in person."
Garry Pease will be at the Midland Road-based eatery to perform again on October 2.
Anyone who would like to book a place to see him sing should contact the restaurant on 07747 010 702.
Kimberly Stewart works out like a ''crazy person'', to the point where her famous dad Rod Stewart put restrictions on her fitness
The 35-year-old star - who designed a range of scarves for Rockins inspired by her 'You Wear it Well' singer father - revealed she is actually a gym fanatic who has
had fights with her dad over the amount of time she spends working out.
She said: ''I work out like a crazy person. My favourite workout is Tracy Anderson's. I do it in the gym with the heat on - 85 degrees Fahrenheit. You pour sweat and
it's amazing. My dad thinks I'm crazy! He put a lock on the heat panel in the gym so I couldn't get into it. So I went and bought nine portable heaters, but they short-circuited the power. It was
like gym wars.''
Reality TV star Kimberly - who has three-year-old daughter Delilah with actor Benicio del Toro - revealed that she loves the gym so much that she can usually be
spotted out in sports leggings, bras and hoodies.
She told HELLO! magazine: ''Nowadays I have to be comfortable. I don't want to be running around in high heels with Delilah. I love vintage and dressing up is fun, but
in the morning I through on my gym kit, brush my teeth then roll out the door.''
LIAM STEWART could be wearing purple well next season as Braehead Clan launch a sensational bid to lure the son of iconic rocker Rod Stewart to Glasgow.
Stewart, a Great Britain under-20 cap, is the subject of interest from the Elite Ice Hockey League outfit who are keen to make him part of next season’s title bid.
SportTimes can exclusively reveal Braehead head coach Ryan Finnerty and club chiefs have been keeping tabs on the 20-year-old, who has been with Western Hockey League side the Spokane Chiefs in
Washington for the last four campaigns.
Last term Stewart enjoyed his best return with 25 goals and 58 assists from 71 games.
If Clan could clinch a deal for him, it would represent one of the most significant signings in the club’s history that would potentially open the Braehead Arena club up to a whole new
Currently playing to 3500 sell-out crowds most weeks, Stewart’s profile, not to mention his undoubted talents at centre, would only help to grow Braehead’s reputation not only in the UK but
throughout Europe and beyond.
Despite having been capped for Team GB’s U20s and the fact he holds a British passport, the London-born ace, who is based in the States and whose mother is New Zealand model Rachel Hunter, would
come off Clan’s import quota due to Ice Hockey UK’s strict regulations and rules
It is understood Stewart would be seen as a direct replacement for Derek Roehl who looks set not to return for a second spell in purple.
The former Fife Flyer became a firm favourite with the Purple Army last time out as his presence on the ice played a major part in Braehead’s success last season.
However, Roehl is expected not to return to the UK after setting up home back in North America with his partner.
Speaking to the Evening Times’ sister publication The Herald back in 2013 about life as a professional ice hockey player with a rock star as a dad, Stewart said: "I just think of myself as any
"Obviously some people are going to think of me differently because of who my parents are, but I put that behind me and get along with all the guys. Nobody in [the dressing room] has mentioned it
or put on any Rod Stewart songs.
"I've spoken to my dad and he's really proud of me. It's a bummer he couldn't come out and watch [Team GB U20s playing France in Dumfries] but I know he's supporting me. It's an honour, an honour
to play for GB. I'm real excited and we're going to do good in this tournament.
"I don't get over too often - I'm always back home in LA - and this is my first time in Scotland in four years. The last time was when I came over to visit my dad. It's been a while, a long time.
But I'm glad I made it."
Meanwhile, SportTimes has learned that former Clan goaltender Kyle Jones could be lining up against the Glasgow outfit next season.
He was told last week that a new deal for a third term in purple would not be forthcoming, and it is understood the Canadian is the subject of interest from new EIHL side Manchtester Storm.
The Storm were only voted into the league last week due to Hull Stingrays going into liquidation.
Robert Carlyle admits he turned into fan boy after meeting Rod Stewart on Tartan Army duty
Robert has been a fan of Rod for decades, saying: “I became a big, huge Rod Stewart fan. And then my love of Rod Stewart turned to people like Nick Drake, John Martyn, Bob Dylan, and people like
Emma Thompson who comes equipped with her own Scottish accent and puts in a beautiful performance that will get them rolling in the bingo halls, adds to the drama as Winstone and Jensen play local
police attempting to uncover the crime of the century.
Robert said of his film which we managed to document as it shot in Glasgow last year: “After a career-long association with EIFF, it gives me enormous pleasure to have The Legend of Barney Thomson
chosen as opening-night film. It really is such an honour for me to have my first feature as director premiered here in Edinburgh at the festival that has played such a huge part in my life.”
Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 17-28 June.
The former defender was sitting in the stand watching the Ireland v Scotland game, when singing legend Rod Stewart spotted him.
Stewart is a massive footie fan and one of Scotland and Celtic's best-known supporters.
Tweeting to his followers, McGrath said that he "admired" Rod for years and that the encounter was "an honour".
The were sitting close to each other on Saturday near the VIP section of the upper tier of the Aviva.
McGrath was a key member of the Irish team right up until his retirement in 1998.
It was a disappointing day for both the Irish and the Scots, though the 1-1 draw will mean more for Scotland in the ever-widening gap at the top of Group D.
Hopes of qualification for the 2016 European Championships are now dim with a win urgently needed to stay in contention.
McGrath tweeted his support for the Irish team and Ireland goal-scorer Jonathan Walter (inset) saying that he was "proud of the boys" but that he felt the first half performance didn't match the
It will be a tough ask for the boys in green with important games against Gibraltar and Georgia coming up next.
After a less than stellar performance on Saturday, Ireland is now facing the prospect of not only having to win those games but to also put in a massive performance against the giants of the
group, Germany, before heading away to group leaders Poland.
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) announced today that the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) 2015 Opening Party at ACL Live at The Moody Theater will host Stevie Salas, considered by Guitar Player
Magazine to be one of the 50 greatest guitarists of all time. Salas, guitarist for Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Justin Timberlake, is the author of the bestselling book, "When We Were the Boys:
Coming of Age on Rod Stewart's Out of Order Tour." Salas, recognizing the power of technology, also created one of the earliest apps: RockStar Solos. The program is still popular and available for
download, with downloads in the six figures. Salas will be available to greet attendees and sign his book at the Opening Party for HITEC, June 15 from 6:30–9:00 p.m. in Austin, Texas, USA.
"With a guest like Stevie Salas, HITEC 2015 is embracing Austin's world famous music scene and its technological elements," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "We are both honored and lucky to have
him at our Opening Party."
Salas, has sold more than 2 million solo albums and has recorded on more than 70 major label recordings worldwide. He has served as a guitarist, producer and music director for acts such as Mick
Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Was (Not was), Daughtry, Adam Lambert and George Clinton, to name a few and has composed many television and film scores including "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure."
From 2006 – 2010 Salas was a consultant and musical director for the FOX Network program: "American Idol." At the age of 23, he signed the largest deal ever for a new artist with Island Records and
his second solo album, "Back from the Living," was voted Album of the Year in Japan, beating both Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones.
HITEC is the world's largest hospitality technology show. HITEC 2015 brings the brightest minds and hottest technology to the Austin Convention
Center in Austin, Texas, USA June 15-18, 2015. For further details on HITEC including registration, conference schedules and the exhibit hall floor plan, please visit the HITEC web site
Rachel Hunter: The kids have Rod's dress sense
Rachel Hunter loves that her children have her ex-husband Rod Stewart's sense of humor.
The 45-year-old model was married to the British singer between 1990 and 1999 and they have two grown-up children together. Despite their split the pair worked hard to stay on good terms, and
Rachel always enjoyed seeing each of their traits in their kids.
"They're a real mixture. They've both got Rod's sense of humour - he was always really funny. And Liam turned up one day with a jacket and a shirt - polka dots and stripes, mishmash or different
things. I said, 'You definitely take after your dad with your dress sense,'" she giggled to British magazine Hello!
In his autobiography, Rod spoke of how upset he was when Rachel ended things, and in a TV interview he admitted he fell apart because no one had ever left him before. He didn't know how to cope
and that is something his ex finds upsetting, which is why she's never read his book.
"Who knows? He's a great guy and we have two amazing kids," she said, when asked if she thinks the marriage could have worked out. "It's all good between us. We kept things amicable. All of the
kids are very much brothers and sisters - there's no half -this and half-that, they're full siblings and I'm close to all of Rod's kids. I was just up at [Rod's daughter] Kimberly's house the other
night having dinner. Little Delilah [her toddler] is adorable."
Rachel worked hard to ensure her children didn't suffer during or after the split and she is pleased she and Rod managed to make their relationship work after divorce. However, dealing with her
kids leaving home wasn't quite so easy.
"I was also happy that they were following their own passions," Rachel explained, after admitting it was a hard period. "When Renee moved to London, I thought, 'Goddamn it, the one thing I could
have got when I was married to Rod was a British passport and I didn't.' When I go to the UK now, I get questioned and I'm thinking, 'I gave birth here twice. Can you just let me in?'"
They could be sisters! Kimberly Stewart and her age-defying mother Alana, 69, stun as they join George Hamilton on NBC Upfront red carpet
Daily Mail. 15/05/2015
The age-old compliment between a mother and daughter is that they could, at first glance, be sisters.
But that's absolutely true when it comes to Kimberly Stewart and her 69 year-old matriach, Alana - who stepped out in New York on Thursday.
The women wowed when they attended the NBC Universal Upfront at Manhattan's Jacob Javits Center, where they were joined on the red carpet by George Hamilton.
Wearing contrasting looks, the women effortlessly turned heads as they bookended the perma-tanned star for the network's new season launch.
Always on good fashion form, Kimberly, 35, wore a black, lace-effect jumpsuit which showed off her trim figure and enviable shape.
She matched the look with some patent-leather shoes and wore her hair to the side for added definition.
Meanwhile, not to be out-done, Alana was equally as stunning in her flattering white dress, which she capped with nude heels and blue
Promoting their new show: The trio will star together in brand new reality TV series Stewarts and Hamiltons
Wearing contrasting looks, the women effortlessly turned heads as they bookended the perma-tanned star for the network's new season launch
Jeff Beck's going down at the Ryman Sunday, and you don't want to miss it
Jeff Beck may be the least famous of the three rock guitar gods who cut their teeth in The Yardbirds — the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page — but he was (and still is) the most talented
musician of the bunch.
Sure, Clapton played in Cream and Derek and the Dominos before enjoying an enormously popular (if somewhat yawn-inducing) solo career, and Page, as a member of Led Zeppelin, wrote some of the
greatest and most enduring rock riffs of all time. But Beck elevated guitar playing to a completely new level, somehow blending ferocity, melody, fabulous tones, impeccable phrasing and mind-bending
whammy bar pyrotechnics without stepping over the line into the mindless indulgence that plagued so many of his six-string virtuoso peers.
Here's a little exercise to help put his legacy in perspective: Try to imagine a guitar player of today releasing an album of completely instrumental music and having it go platinum. Beck did
that. Twice! His 1975 album Blow by Blow and 1976 album Wired hit No. 4 and No. 16 respectively on the Billboard 200, and both were certified platinum.
But for lovers of psychedelic rock (myself among them), it's the guitarist's output with The Jeff Beck Group from 1968 to 1972 that has most successfully stood the test of time. Yes, I enjoy
spinning Blow by Blow and Wired from time to time — favorites include "You Know What I Mean" and the Stevie Wonder composition "Cause We've Ended as Lovers" from the former, "Led
Boots" and "Sophie" from the latter — but it's the gritty rock of those early albums that still resonates most, and whose influence is most evident today, in acts like The Black Keys and Jack White.
(Though White might not seem like an obvious musical progeny of Beck's, there are a lot of stylistic parallels between the ways both play guitar — and Beck sat in with The White Stripes at London's
Royal Festival Hall in 2002.)
The Jeff Beck Group's Truth (1968) endures as one of the greatest examples of late '60s rock 'n' roll, brimming with primal energy and the sense of infinite possibilities that
characterized the era. Sure, it doesn't hurt that the band featured a young up-and-coming singer named Rod Stewart, or that folks like Ronnie Wood, Nicky Hopkins, Keith Moon, John Paul Jones and Page
made contributions. But it's Beck's fearless and groundbreaking guitar work that carries the album, on tracks like "Let Me Love You," "Beck's Bolero" and an insanely cool wah-wah-pedal-fueled version
of blues legend Willie Dixon's "I Ain't Superstitious."
1969's Beck-Ola continued in a similar vein. Though it wasn't quite as strong as Truth, there's a lot of great guitar work, and the seeds of heavy metal can be heard in "Spanish
Boots," "The Hangman's Knee" and "Rice Pudding."
But the Beck song that changed my life, oddly enough, came on the eponymous fourth and final album from The Jeff Beck Group in 1972, a work that was dismissed by critics, and frankly, was probably
the weakest of the bunch. Stewart and Wood had departed the band before the previous album, Rough and Ready, to join Faces, after Beck was sidelined for most of a year due to a head injury
in a car accident. The new group featured Bobby Tench on vocals and rhythm guitar, Max Middleton on keys, Clive Chaman on bass and Cozy Powell on drums.
Though the album may have been uneven, the first track on Side Two, a remake of the Don Nix song "Going Down" — first recorded by Moloch, a band so obscure that the all-knowing Internet bears only
faint echoes of its existence — remains what is quite possibly the greatest example of rock guitar ever documented. Admittedly that's a bold statement, and from someone who has worn out at least two
vinyl editions of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland.
But few if any rock guitar workouts have stood the test of time or held up to repeated (and repeated and repeated) listenings, at least to these ears. Powell and Middleton turn in strong
performances on the track, but it's Beck's off-the-charts riffing that makes it a masterpiece. This was the period when Beck's playing really began to morph from standard rock-god fare to take on a
completely unique and unmistakable personality. There are gritty blues licks, killer tones, whammy-bar dive bombs, staccato rhythmic stabs, great melodic sense, musical humor, feedback, uncanny
phrasing. In fact, you could turn in the song as your master's thesis, "How Rock Guitar Got From Hendrix to Eddie Van Halen, in Six Minutes and 51 Seconds." (But don't ask me to refund your tuition
if you fail.) Oh yeah, and it has not one, but two fake endings.
If you think I'm heaping on excessive praise, I suggest you bring up "Going Down" on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube or wherever you get your kicks these days. Give it a few listens — then we can talk.
I've listened to it at least 15 times while writing this piece, and I'm still grinning from ear to ear.
And if you're among the 2,300 dudes and 62 women at the Ryman when Beck plays Sunday night, you're in luck, because a review of recent set lists suggests that it's his standard encore for the
Rancho Mirage students lift voices for reality TV, charity
The Rancho Mirage High School's "Singing Rattlers" didn't expect to come back from their spring break to find out that they will be a part of a new E! Network reality series focused on singer Rod
Stewart and his family. Or that they'd end up helping a school halfway across the world.
Ruby Stewart, the daughter of Rod Stewart, who has known Rancho Mirage High Choir Director Andy Eisenmann for many years, e-mailed Eisenmann to share that she had written two songs for her new
charity, One Light, which provides solar light "puffs" to schools and communities in need. She asked Eisenmann if his students would be interested in singing background vocals on the new songs.
Of course, Eisenmann said yes, and they went to work. Ruby Stewart and singer-songwriter Alyssa Bonagura collaborated with the Singing Rattlers during two evenings to record the songs, and an E!
crew was there to film it for the reality series, which begins in June.
"The fact that Ruby Stewart came to [the] Rancho Mirage High School choir to collaborate with our very own 'Singing Rattlers' is a huge feather in the caps of Rancho Mirage High School Performing
Arts, Rancho Mirage High School as a whole and the Palm Springs Unified School District," said Eisenmann. "The six hours of collaboration time was magical, to the students, artists, professional
visiting artists and to me."
For Ruby Stewart, the experience helped her through the grief she was experiencing after losing a friend in a car accident just the day before the visit earlier this month.
"I found out [about the accident] an hour before I came to record with the kids on April 8th," she wrote to Eisenmann in an e-mail following the recording. "My head was a mess, and my heart
shattered, and I honestly didn't know how I was going to muster up the enthusiasm to sing with them. Yet, the very moment I heard them sing 'SOMEONE'S' [one of the songs] my pain was released, my
sorrow absolved and the sound of their voices lifted me out of the pain of my friend's death and made me truly appreciate how beautifully he once lived.
"While watching them I realized I was in the exact place I was supposed to be, with the people I was supposed to be surrounded by," she continued. "So beyond saying thank you for having them sing
on our tracks, I want to say thank you for helping heal my heart."
Eisenmann said that Stewart sent the choir students some of the light puffs she donates through her charity, and the students decided to send them to a school in Haiti, the location where the
project began, to "pay it forward."
Joan Boiko is the communications manager for the Palm Springs Unified School District. She can be reached at email@example.com or (760) 416-6010.
Rachel Hunter: The Gorgeous International Supermodel Unveils ‘Tour of Beauty’ Series In the South of France
Rachel Hunter has not been in the modeling business just because she has a beautiful face and body, although that obviously has contributed to her success.
Rachel Hunter, the international supermodel and former wife of Rod Stewart, has used her savvy to launch a new TV series in her native New Zealand. The statuesque model
launched her series in the South of France this week.
Rachel Hunter arrived at the photo call for the series this week looking every bit the successful and beautiful business woman that she has become, wearing a classy plunging silk blouse and a
fitted knee-length skirt.
Rachel Hunter, 45, is reportedly on “a personal and professional journey to discover true beauty with her new show.”
Rachel’s Tour Of Beauty will be released in New Zealand in summer 2015 and shows the
beauty on a globe-trotting voyage to discover how true beauty is perceived in different cultures from Asia to America and Mexico to the Middle East.
The show’s executive producer, Bettina Hollings, said the project comes from Rachel Hunter’s own heart.
Rod Stewart's son Sean on how his famous rocker dad taught him how to get the girls
THE many kinds of wisdom a father can pass on to his son, there is one where Rod Stewart is a world-renowned expert. It’s called how to win the hearts of beautiful women.
Rod has become a kind of Jedi Master in the art of seduction to his eldest son Sean.
The 34-year-old said: “My dad gives me lots of advice in many areas of my life, including getting girls.
“He says to me, ‘You need to make a girl laugh, charm her, make her feel beautiful, make her feel special and be a gentleman... then you’re in.’
“He should know. I’ve most definitely learned from the best. He has given me the secrets of the young Jedi Stewart.
“He will be really disappointed if I don’t find myself a nice lady now.”
Sean is Rod’s son with his first wife Alana Hamilton. The 70-year-old singer is now settled with third wife Penny Lancaster.
Rod Stewart singer June 1986 with his son Sean at Glasgow Airport
Sean said: “I have some very pretty stepmothers.”
Just to make sure he’s on the right track with his dates, Sean sometimes takes them back to his dad’s Beverly Hills mansion for the “once over”.
He added: “He will give them a little look – and at this point their mums are also excited because they grew up with him.”
As a child, Sean often went on Rod’s tours and he had an early introduction to the antics of a rock star.
He said: “Girls would take off their tops and throw their bras on the stage. It was awesome. I was like, ‘My dad is the coolest guy in the world’.
“Then he would come off stage and pick me up and afterwards he would teach me how to destroy hotel rooms.
“We would get the key to the band’s room and play pranks on them – mess up their beds, put chickens in their rooms. It was the best. He was a proper rock star.
Sean is happy now but he was troubled in his 20s. He blames that on years of being bullied at his Los Angeles private school.
With so much bottled-up pain, Sean developed a reckless approach to life that led him into trouble.
There were numerous arrests, most notably in 2001 when he was charged with assault after defending himself in a bar fight in Malibu.
Speaking for the first time about his torment, Sean said: “I was lost. Everybody has hurt and pain inside them, but some people take it out on hurting themselves. I dealt with it by drinking and
doing other things.
“I was bullied in high school. I was a skinny little kid. I was picked on, beat up, made fun of. I was dyslexic and I have OCD. They nicknamed me Stupid Stewart at school.”
He added: “When I got to 30, I realised I wanted to turn my life around. I wanted to find my way and stop hurting myself. I decided to take my problems and turn them into success stories.
“I got a lot of love and support from my father, my mother and my sister Kimberly.
“I’m past that alcohol and drug thing now. It’s been over three years.”
Sean has a new clothing range, Dirty Weekend, which shares its name with a track from his dad’s hit 1978 album Blondes Have More Fun.
Rod has given it his seal of approval, which is vital as Sean idolises him and they spend lots of time together.
Sean and his sisters are filming a reality show for the E! Channel.
He said he is close to all brothers and sisters, adding: “It’s a big party when we all get together. We’re like the Brady Bunch on acid.”
Sean is besotted with Kimberly’s three-year-old daughter Delilah. Her dad is film star Benicio Del Toro but he and Kimberly are not together.
He said: “Being an uncle is the most amazing thing in the world. My dad is a really great grandfather. He spends a lot of time with Delilah, too.”
Sean said his biggest ambition is to be a husband and father.
He added: “The most successful thing in the world would be to be the best father– and I learned that from my dad.”
Rod Stewart's son Liam ruled out of GB World Championships squad
BBC News 10/04/2015
Liam Stewart, son of singer Rod Stewart and former model Rachel Hunter, has been ruled out of Great Britain's squad for the ice hockey World Championships because of a
Stewart, 20, was injured playing for Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League play-offs in the United States.
He has been replaced in the squad for next week's tournament in Eindhoven by Belfast Giants forward Craig Peacock.
GB head coach Pete Russell said: "I am sure his time will come again.
Rod Stewart’s son to represent Britain at Worlds
There’s ‘Reason To Believe’ in Great Britain’s hockey team slated to compete at the 2015 IIHF World Championship Group B tournament set for April 13-19 in the Netherlands.
‘Some Guys Have All the Luck,’ so it seems. Liam Stewart, son of rock star Rod Stewart and former model Rachel Hunter, is set to lace ‘em up for Great Britain at the
Liam Stewart currently plays for the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. Stewart finished his final junior season with 25 goals and 53 points in 71 games for the Chiefs.
Stewart previously competed for Great Britain’s Under-20 squad in international play. He was born in London, England but calls Hermosa Beach, California his hometown.
Here's to your opportunity to wear your country's jersey in international play, Liam Stewart. We hope 'You Wear It Well'.
Jeff Beck’s Blow By Blow Turns 40
Ted Drozdowski 03.16.2015
What does a rock guitar god do when he’s reached the pantheon? The answer for Jeff Beck was “play jazz,” and he trumpeted it with his classic album Blow By Blow, which was released 40
years ago, on March 29, 1975.
The album remains a fusion classic, although Beck managed to blend more than jazz and rock, with Blow By Blow’s reggae-infused take on the Beatles “She’s a Woman,” the funky “Constipated
Duck” and his tribute to Roy Buchanan in the epic blues excursion “’Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers.
By 1974, when Blow By Blow was recorded at London’s AIR Studios, Beck had already been a member of the Yardbirds and made two classic blues-rock albums with his Jeff Beck Group: 1968’s
Truth, featuring Rod Stewart on vocals, and 1972’s The Jeff Beck Group. While recording the latter in Memphis, Beck wandered into a guitar shop and found a 1954 Gibson Les Paul that had been built as a Gold Top with a trapeze
tailpiece, but had been modded with replacement tuners, bigger frets and humbuckers, and refinished in an oxblood shade.
That Les Paul became one of Beck’s primary stage instruments from 1972 to 1977. And it played an important role in The Jeff Beck Group, which featured Beck’s ferocious version of Don
Nix’s “Going Down,” as well as Beck, Bogert & Appice, the debut album by the short-lived super group that also included bassist and singer Tim Bogert of the Vanilla Fudge and über
drummer Carmine Appice. The guitar also appears in the portrait of Beck on the front cover of Blow by Blow and provides the gorgeous tones on 1977’s Jeff Beck With the Jan Hammer Group
Live. The Gibson Custom Shop immortalized this singular guitar in 2009 as the Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood.
Clearly Beck used a variety of guitars to record Blow By Blow, given the album’s wide array of six-string tones perfectly captured by Beatles producer George Martin. And Beck was a
perfectionist while crafting the tracks, often returning to re-cut solos and add overdubs to tunes that seemed completed. One legendary tale involves Beck phone up Martin a few months after the
sessions to tell him he’d like to recut a solo, and Martin replying, “Sorry, Jeff, but the record is in the shops.”
Beck assembled a crack band for the album, holding over the Jeff Beck Group’s keyboardist Max Middleton and recruiting the rhythm section of bassist Phil Chen and drummer Richard Bailey. Despite
Beck’s fastidious desire to craft an epic creative statement, they created the tune “Air Blower” out of a jam in the studio, earning a four-way credit for the tune. Stevie Wonder joined on clavinet
for “Thelonious,” a tribute to the jazz great Thelonius Monk written by Wonder for his wife at the time, singer Syreeta Wright.
Guitarists looking for inspiration can still find it all over Blow By Blow. Every tune is gorgeously arranged. “Freeway Jam” and “Scatterbrain” are wonderful example of how strong
melodies can be deconstructed and rebuilt without staying from the heart of a tune. And “ ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” is a clinic in probing the emotional depths of the blues style with extended
technique and dynamics. Most important, Blow By Blow flat-out bristles with energy and establishes a variety of moods throughout, so the album has a narrative musical arc similar to a
classical song suite.
The public responded to Beck’s new direction. Blow By Blow, the seventh album bearing his own name, reached number four on the Billboard charts and has sold well over a million
copies – a feat rarely accomplished by instrumental recordings.
Stewart junior included in GB’s World Championships squad
Sky sports 11/03/2015
Liam Stewart has been included in Great Britain’s initial 31-man party for next month's Ice Hockey World Championships in Holland.
The 20-year-old Londoner, who plays his hockey in America for Spokane Chiefs, is the son of rock star Rod Stewart and former model Rachel Hunter.
Stewart is now in his fourth season with the Washington-based Chiefs, being an assistant captain for the last two years, after previously impressing for the Los Angeles Junior Kings U16s.
He is one of eight former Under 20 players looking for their first senior appearance with Josh Batch, James Griffin, Matt Haywood, Tom Murdy, Sam Oakford, Jack Prince and Joey Lewis also
Jonathan Boxill, Chris Blight and Sam McCluskey will be aiming for their first Britain cap too while Russell Cowley and Craig Peacock return to the squad, with Matty Davies and David Clarke
sidelined through injury.
New GB head coach Pete Russell will cut his squad to 23 ahead of the competition, and is relishing the prospect of working with the players.
Russell said: "Over the last three or so months we have watched a lot of hockey across the leagues and been in contact with lots of different hockey people in the UK, mainland Europe and USA.
"We have the final 31 and it's the right players and people. They all deserve their place and it's an exciting group to look at.
"The competition for the final 23 hots up now and that can only be good for every player, as well as each team at this important stage of the season.
"People say it's a tough job, yes it is, but it's a great problem as a coach to have good players to select from. As the clock ticks down I get more excited each day till April and Eindhoven."
Penny Lancaster confirms Rod Stewart's children Kimberly and Sean will star in reality show... but he WON'T be involved
Penny Lancaster has confirmed her husband Rod Stewart's children Kimberly and Sean Stewart are starring in their own reality TV
Rumours had suggested the couple were opening the doors of their Los Angeles mansion to camera crews.
But the 43-year-old model has revealed it is not her and her Rod, 70, who will be the focus of the program but the Maggie May singer's
two grown-up kids
Kimberly and her brother Sean, their mother Alana Stewart - Rod's first wife - and her son Ashley from her marriage to actor George
Hamilton will be the stars of the new E! series.
George is also expected to appear as a guest star.
Penny said on daytime TV show Loose Women: 'I'm very sorry to disappoint you all but it's an absolute no ... That won't be
'It's not all of Rod's children, it's his first wife Alana, who was married to George Hamilton, so it's his (son) and her two children
with Rod, so Kimberly and Sean. And that's as far as it goes.'
Filming on the series is believed to have already started and it is due to hit screens across the world in June.
Rod has four other children, Ruby, 27, Renee, 22, Liam, 20, and Sarah Streeter, 52, from previous relationships.
A source previously told the Daily
Mirror: 'Sean has a very prominent role as does Kimberly. There will be some ups and downs but they are keen to show that the Stewart's are close and they enjoy themselves.
It is unclear whether Rod's other children from past relationships, Ruby, 27, Renee, 22, Liam, 20, and Sarah Streeter, 52, will be
making an appearance.
Kimberly, Ruby and Sean leaving Los Angeles Airport
Kimberly is perhaps the most well-known of her siblings.
But Kimberly Stewart - daughter of chart-topper Rod Stewart - was joined by half-sister Ruby as she jetted out of Los Angeles airport,
California, on Tuesday.
The blonde beauty turned heads as she also stepped out with brother, Sean, before embarking on a flight to New York.
Wearing her trademark skinny jeans, the mother-of-one looked perfectly smart/casual in a grey jumper with suede ankle
She capped the look with a pair of aviator sunglasses and a braid, which she wore to the side..
Clearly taking inspiration, Ruby opted for a similar hair style - but amped it up by wearing symmetrical pig-tails.
Clearly feeling a tad more adventurous with her sartorial choices, she wore an Aztec-print jacket with billowing black trousers and a wide-brimmed hat.
Meanwhile, brother Sean kept it simple in a t-shirt with a checked shirt and ripped jeans.
Make-up free Penny Lancaster dresses down in combat pants and floral blouse as she treats herself to a spa date
Daily Mail. 25/01/2015
She has ditched the chilly British weather for the sunny climes of California.
And on Saturday, Penny Lancaster decided to treat herself with a soothing pampering session at Thibiant Spa in Los
Wearing no makeup and clad in comfortable clothing, the 43-year-old appeared to relaxed as she made her way to her
She dressed down in a pair of washed-out combat pants and a beige floral print blouse, while strolling along in flat
Toting her belongings in a grey leather handbag, the pretty model wore her blonde sleek locks in loose waves.
Earlier this month, Penny helped celebrate her husband, Rod Stewart’s 70th birthday.
Blissful spirits: Wearing no makeup and clad in comfortable clothing, the 43-year-old appeared to relaxed as she made her way to her car
Liam Stewart, 20, is in his fourth and final season with the Spokane Chiefs. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound center was born in London and resides in Hermosa Beach, California. He scored his 15th goal of
the season last Saturday, surpassing the previous best of 14 he scored in 2011-12. The son of well-known model Rachel Hunter and rock and roll icon Rod Stewart, took some time to share his thoughts
in a question and answer session.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve received from your Mom or Dad? A: I think the best was from my Mom (Rachel Hunter). She always told me, “Stick with it, no matter what happens.” She kind of taught me how to have a strong mindset, I guess you
could say. “Be mentally tough and you should be able to get through anything.” And that’s helped me a lot, especially with Don (Nachbaur) being a, I guess you could say, a hard coach, you know he’s
hard on you sometimes. And that’s kind of helped me because I took his advice and just kind of put it into my game. And I’ve always remembered what Mom told me to keep tough through it and you should
benefit from it. Q: What’s the best piece of advice that you got from outside of family? A: I wouldn’t say it’s really advice, but just kind of some of the things even Don has said to me have really helped me along the way. And just this whole … Don and even teammates
have helped me along the way. I think that’s the stuff I’ll remember the most throughout my life. … I think everything he says will stick with me. Q: Is there some advice along the way that you’re glad you ignored? A: Definitely. People have told me, I wouldn’t really call it advice, but people have told me that if your mind’s not in it anymore, just kind of quit, I guess you could say. And I’m
glad I didn’t do that because hockey’s a fun thing. It’s a fun sport to play and I’m glad I stuck with it. And here I am now. Q: Outside of hockey, what sport is your emphasis? A: Soccer. We play, I think it’s called, two-touch before the game and I think that’s my favorite sport, if not for hockey. I’m pretty good at it, too. Q: So do you think you could be a good soccer player, if not for hockey? A: I think I could be because I’m fast. I’m a fast runner and I’m pretty good with the ball, so I think I’m more skilled at soccer than I am at hockey, to be honest. Yeah, I think I
would have been a soccer player if I wasn’t a hockey player. And I think my dad (Rod Stewart) would have been a little more happy with that, too. Q: Do you think sports are ever overemphasized? A: I don’t think so. Sports are something you love. You get together a lot. It’s something that you tailgate over it and do all that kind of stuff. It kind of brings people together,
I guess you could say. It’s fun. Me and the boys, we all get together sometimes and watch football and bet on football. It’s just a fun thing to do together. Q: Do you have a hero? If so, who is it and why? A: Someone I look up to, I guess you could say, is the guy my Mom dated, Jarret Stoll (currently with the Los Angeles Kings). I think he was the guy I kind of modeled my game after
and really watched him a lot. I think he’s helped me along the way, too. He’s always kept in touch with me. I think he’s a pretty good guy. Q: What do you think is the biggest problem facing young people today? A: Social media. I think even the guys are always on Twitter or something like that and I think there’s too much of it. I think we need to start getting outside a little more and
enjoying each other instead of sitting there, across the room, texting each other. Q: Do you like where social media is headed? A: I don’t really care where it’s headed, to be honest, but I’ve been trying to keep off it a little more, just to enjoy. You’ll be looking at your phone and you could miss something
cool that happened or you could miss somebody walk by who could be a good friend. Wherever it goes, it goes, but I think people should look up more instead of looking at their phones. Q: Who do you think has the toughest job in America? A: I was going to say the president, but I feel like there’s a tougher job. I’m going to say the soldiers do, to be honest. U.S. soldiers, any solider, they’re fighting over there
for us and they’re fighting for their lives. We do that Military Family of the Game, which is pretty cool, every game, and we play as much as we can for them. We have that Military Night. They’re
doing everything for us. We can’t really give back, but we try to play for them and they’re doing great for us. Q: What do you think is the biggest difference between Americans and Canadians? A: I don’t really know, other than how they say, “Eh.” I only know Canadian hockey players and we’re all the same, but how they say, “Eh,” I guess. I guess that’s it. Q: Do you think athletes should be role models? A: I think so. I think athletes can play a huge role in somebody’s life. They give good advice, especially guys who have good stories and can write books for kids to read. Instead of
being on social media you can read a book. I think athletes should be role models. I definitely looked up to players as I was growing up, such as Jarret Stoll and all those kind of guys. I think if
the going gets tough, you can look up to someone and how they play and hopefully it works out for you. Q: Do you think athletes should talk about controversial subjects? A: No. That’s just a straight answer, no. Stick to your sport. Q: If you were the King of the World for a day, what’s the first thing you would do? A: I would take all my friends and family on vacation to a place like Fiji. I’d be a little selfish and go on vacation for like a month. Q: What do you think is the main thing that old people don’t understand about young people today? A: Probably the social media and the phones, again, going back to that. Old people are probably looking at us young guys like, “What are these guys doing looking at their phones the
whole day? They can’t even talk to somebody.” But that’s just the generation we live in now, so you have to live with it, I guess. Q: Do you consider yourself a good driver? A: Yes, I do. Me and (fellow Chief Matt) Sozanski were going home and we caught some snow and ended up turning sideways and turning sideways the other way. It was pretty scary. It
was the first time we had been (like that). It was coming home on the freeway, too, and I got us out of that, so I guess I’m a good driver. I don’t want to jinx anything, though. Q: Do you have tattoos? A: No. I’m going to get one when I get home this summer. Q: What does your Mom think of your hairstyle? A: She doesn’t mind it. She hated my beard, so I kind of trimmed that down a little bit, but for hairstyle, she just kind of lets me do whatever. She likes it longer, slicked
back. Q: What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? A: Hopefully, still playing hockey. To be honest, it’s something I want to do for the rest of my life and hopefully make a profession out of it. Have a family and kids, see where it
takes me. But probably still be playing hockey, for sure. Q: Will it be hard for you in the future when you’re not as well-recognized as you are now? A: I don’t think so. I think I’ll be fine, as long as I’m still playing hockey. As long as I’m happy, that’s all that matters. As long as the family’s happy, that’s all that
matters. Q: What’s the most important trait for a friend to have? A: Probably just being loyal to your friend. Don’t be shady, don’t be two-faced to them. Just be honest with them. You’ll be friends for life if you’re that. Q: Is it more important to have a few close friends or a lot of friends? A: A few close friends, for sure. Some people want a lot of friends just so they can say they have a lot of friends, but I’d rather have three or four close-knit friends that I can
always count on instead of just having a bunch of friends that you never know what’s coming. Q: What would you guess is your most annoying habit? A: When I bite my nails. When I get nervous, like before games, I’ll bite a nail or two and it’s just something I hate doing, but I do it. Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? A: Probably people who chew with their mouth open. Q: What’s your idea of a perfect day? A: Every day’s a perfect day, as long as you’re alive and healthy and you have your family and friends, that’s all that matters. But if you had to have a perfect day, you’d wake up,
go sit in a hammock on a beach somewhere and have your feet dangling in the water. Something like that would be nice. Q: Do you have one day that stands out more than any other? A: (April 16, 2012) I think it was my first year here. Me, Tyler King and Connor Chartier were on a line and we were in overtime, and I think it was Game 6 of the first round of the
playoffs (against Tri-City). And me, (King and Chartier) scored that overtime goal. It was one of those things I’ll remember the rest of my life. We were in the paper the next day, all three of us,
hugging in the air. That was a pretty cool moment and I think all three of us will remember that. Q: What advice would you give to someone who’s in your position in five years? A: I think just have fun with it. Have much fun as you can, because I was thinking about it over the summer that it’s my last year here. I’ve enjoyed it a lot. Juniors is probably
the best four or five years of your life playing hockey at the biggest level. You just have to have fun with it every day. Yeah, you’re going to have hard days, but you have to take positives from
every day and just build off the negatives. You have to have negatives to make positives, so just to have fun is the biggest part. Q: Is there a part of the world that you haven’t visited that you’d most like to see? A: I’m going to say Croatia because I know a bunch of people from Croatia and I think I’m going to go there this summer, if I save up enough money. We’ll see how that goes, but it
seems like a beautiful place. Q: Are your thoughts about the future generally positive? A: Yes, everything’s positive. As long as the family’s happy, as long as I’m happy, that’s all the matters. As long as I’m still playing hockey, it should be fine.