The face of the Faces and tiny tartan-terror, Rod Stewart has announced seven dates for the UK and Ireland next year, his first tour for five years. It was rumoured that Stewart may have appeared with his first band, The Faces, during their UK tour but these solo stints may have put paid to that.
His tour takes in Dublin (O2) on May 11th, Belfast (Odyssey) 15th, Newcastle (Metro) 18th, Nottingham (Arena) 20th, Birmingham (NIA) 22nd, Manchester (MEN) 26th and finally London's O2 Arena on the 29th. Let's hope the tubes are running properly for that last night - it's gonna be a sell-out!
Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday at 9AM for the London, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle dates, Friday 27th at 9am for the remainder, starting at £60 for all but the Belfast (£49) and Dublin (65.70) dates - all prices + booking fee.
Rod Stewart has been at the forefront of musical performance since the late 60s with his debut album, "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down" (how true in Britain!) but he had some modest success with the Jeff Beck Group and The Faces prior to this. But it has been his massive solo single hits like "You Wear It Well", "Sailing", "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and the still-excellent, "Maggie May" that have had women swooning every time he stroked his barnet and men envious of his lifestyle and gaggle of adoring girls. He has recently celebrated successes with the 'Great American Songbook' album series. Now seems a good time to re-visit the man who really does still 'wear it well'.