By JOHN DALY
Sir Rod Stewart and Live Nation Entertainment have announced an exclusive multi-year global touring partnership through which Live Nation will produce and promote the famous UK Rocker’s concert events internationally.
Stewart is still going strong at 74. He tours Europe and the UK this summer promoting his latest album, Blood Red Roses.
“First, last and always my job is giving fans the best show I have in me,” Stewart said. “With Live Nation’s backing, I’m able to show up and sing knowing that everything that has led up to me taking the stage has been done with cracking perfection.”
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Stewart will perform across the UK and Europe this year and in 2020 plans to bring his concert tour to South America, Australia, Asia and New Zealand with Live Nation. He plotted two extensive and North American tours over the summers of 2017 and 2018 with special guest Cyndi Lauper.
The bad-boy UK Rocker is celebrating more than 50 years in the business. His vitality is apparent both on- and off-stage.
At a recent meeting at a coffee shop, Stewart appeared slim and sporty and chatted with fans as he sipped his hot beverage. He had his youthful trademark spiky hair and wore a madras-style shirt which was unbuttoned a few at the top and adorned with several necklaces.
Arnold Stiefel, chairman of Stiefel Entertainment and Stewart’s longtime manager credited Michael Rapino, Rick Franks and the entire Live Nation team for making the deal happen.
“Rod Stewart has been an iconic voice and worldwide touring force for over five decades,” said Franks, co-president of North American Touring. “Live Nation is proud of the relationship we’ve built with Rod over the years and we look forward to continuing to bring his legendary repertoire to fans around the world.”
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