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ROD STEWART – LIVE FROM THE TROUBADOUR SHOW NOW STREAMING ON DEMAND ON VEVO & YOUTUBE

Rod Stewart and VEVO have partnered to share Rod’s very rare and intimate free concert performed for fans this past Thursday at legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. The special concert in support of the release of his brand new album ‘Time’ is available to stream now on VEVO and YouTube at: http://vevo.ly/11sPJuW and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a50mkecnZxU.

To celebrate the release of ‘Time”, Rod gave 300 lucky fans a very up-close and personal concert where he performed 6 new songs from ‘Time’ and 4 classics (full set list below). The concert can be viewed globally in countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil,Spain and Italy.

The Hollywood Reporter advises “Check it out and you’ll note that Stewart’s pipes remain in fine form. His raspy, soulful voice never wavered during this too-brief 50-minute set (his first gig ever at the Troubadour), which featured six heartfelt songs from the new record as well as the Stewart staples “Forever Young,” “Rhythm of My Heart,” “You Wear It Well” and “Have I Told You Lately.”’

Billboard raved “Rob Stewart Thrills at L.A. Club Show” and “Stewart’s signature smoky rasp has always been one of popular music’s great wonders, but on these new songs it displayed a richness that seemed commensurate with his emotional investment in them.”

‘Time’ marks Stewart’s long-awaited return to his songwriting roots and features 11 new songs which he wrote and produced. The album is Stewart’s 28th studio album and will be released May 7 in the U.S. and Canada. Rod Stewart has a busy release week lined up with confirmed appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on May 6th, “The Voice” on May 8th, “Good Morning America” on May 9th, and “Live With Kelly & Michael” and “Katie” on May 11th. Rod will also appear on “Entertainment Tonight” throughout the week and will visit The Howard Stern show on May 13th.

Troubadour Set List:

Can’t Stop Me Now
Forever Young
It’s Over
Rhythm Of My Heart
Finest Woman
Wear It Well
She Makes Me Happy
Have I Told You Lately
Brighton Beach
Sexual Religion

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Rod Stewart Inks Worldwide Recording Contract With Universal Music Group


Expanding its creative investment further, Universal Music Group has signed iconic artist Rod Stewart to a long-term worldwide recording agreement, it was announced today by Lucian Grainge, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Stewart and his manager, Arnold Stiefel.

As part of this multi-album deal, the two-time Hall of Famer has teamed with Grammy award-winning producer, songwriter and Verve Music Group Chairman David Foster to record his first Christmas album. Stewart’s warm, expressive and distinctively raspy voice is proving a perfect fit for the holiday classics. The album will also feature a handful of star-studded vocal duets and is scheduled for release this fall via Verve Music Group.

“I’ve known Rod and Arnold for many years and have been wanting to work with them for some time,” stated Mr. Grainge. “Rod possesses one of pop music’s most inventive and memorable voices; and we’re delighted to be part of the next great chapter in his already storied career.”

“UMG remains committed to artistic creativity and expanding opportunities for artists in the marketplace,” continued Mr. Grainge. “And nowhere is this more evident than in our new partnership with an artist of Rod’s caliber.”

Rod Stewart commented, “I’m confident that by partnering with my fellow CBE, Lucian, and his cracking, top-notch company, we have the best team in the business. And the chance to work again with David Foster makes it that much sweeter.”

“This is a match made in heaven,” Arnold Stiefel declared. “Rod’s writing spirit has been rekindled and Universal is the perfect keeper of the flame.”

With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Rod Stewart has paved one of the most iconic and successful musical careers of all time. In July, he will reunite with Stevie Nicks to reprise their acclaimed Heart & Soul tour and in September he will return to his Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. All on the heels of his hotly anticipated first memoir and Christmas album, which are both, scheduled for U.S. release this fall.

During Stewart’s iconic five decade-long career, he has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, scored countless charting hits, 18 Grammy nominations and two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is a Grammy Living Legend and in 2007 was bestowed the prestigious CBE (Commander of The British Empire) title by the Queen of England. For more information, visit www.rodstewart.com.

Audio Fidelity Sets Two 24 Karat Gold CD Releases for June 21

In its ongoing program of reissuing classic rock and pop albums, Audio Fidelity will release 24 Karat Gold CD versions of Carly Simon’s 1972 NO SECRETS and Bad Company’s 1975 STRAIGHT SHOOTER on June 21. The discs will be issued as numbered, limited editions that will be retired after their initial runs have sold out, and will be available from both online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets.

First issued in November of 1972, NO SECRETS was Simon’s breakthrough LP and remains her best-selling recording to date, having held the No. 1 position on Billboard’s album chart for five weeks and ultimately gone Platinum five times over. Her third long-player, NO SECRETS contains Simon’s signature single, the chart-topping “You’re So Vain,” which features Mick Jagger on backing vocals, as well as its follow-up, “The Right Thing to Do.” The album introduced eight new Simon originals, as well as a cover of James Taylor’s “Night Owl,” and enlisted an all-star cast of support players. Taylor joins Simon on vocals for “Waited So Long,” which also boasts contributions from Little Feat’s Lowell George (slide guitar) and Bill Payne (organ), while Paul McCartney, Bonnie Bramlett and Doris Troy (of “Just One Look” fame) lend vocal assists on “Night Owl.” Richard Perry (Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Ringo, Tiny Tim) produced NO SECRETS, and Paul Buckmaster, best known for his work with Elton John, provided string and woodwind arrangements on “When You Close Your Eyes” and the choral arrangement on “Embrace Me, You Child.”

STRAIGHT SHOOTER was the sophomore album by British hard-rockers Bad Company. Released in April of 1975, it earned the quartet of Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell its third and fourth hit singles: “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” (penned by guitarist Ralphs) and “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (a Ralphs co-write with vocalist/guitarist Rodgers). The latter track was a Top 10 hit and has enjoyed a storied pop-culture legacy, having been covered by, among others, Kid Rock, ska-punkers Goldfinger and country singer Philip Claypool, and used on episodes of The Simpsons and South Park. In addition to the singles, the album contained the FM-rock-radio staples “Deal with the Preacher” and “Shooting Star” (which Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs have explained was inspired by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison). STRAIGHT SHOOTER climbed to No. 3 on both the U.S. and U.K. charts and was subsequently certified for triple-Platinum status. Bad Company produced the album, which was engineered and mixed by Ron Nevison, whose credits include The Who’s Quadrophenia and the Rolling Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll.

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Sir Elton John Nominated For "Dad of the Year"

Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish will compete against soccer star David Beckham  and singer Rod Stewart to be named Britain’s Dads of the Year.

Sir Elton and Furnish, who welcomed baby Zachary last Christmas (10) with the help of a surrogate mother, are the first gay couple to be shortlisted for the Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year prize.
Australian singer Peter Andre, who took the title last year (10), has also been nominated, along with British pop star Gary Barlow.

A spokesperson for the contest says, “Peter Andre, the reigning champion, has once again made the shortlist so it will be interesting to see if he can become the first dad to win the title two years in a row.” The winner will be determined by public vote and announced on Britain’s Father’s Day next month (19Jun11).

Rod Stewart Returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace!

Today, legendary rock icon Rod Stewart confirmed his long-rumored return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for the first 18 concerts of his two-year Las Vegas residency, kicking off on August 24, 2011.  Rod Stewart: The Hits. will be a concert celebration featuring a set list of the rock and R&B favorites which have defined Stewart’s unparalleled five-decade-long career.  The spectacular, state-of-the-art production, presented by AEG Live, will be a culmination of Stewart’s seminal hits like “Maggie May,” “You Wear it Well,” “Hot Legs,” “You’re in My Heart,” and “Some Guys Have All the Luck” mixed with a few surprise rarities and sizzling covers. Rod Stewart: The Hits. is being designed to give audiences that intimate, only in Las Vegas concert experience – with no fan more than 1 20 feet from the magnificent stage. 

Stewart’s triumphant return to Las Vegas continues one of the most successful and critically-acclaimed 12 months of his career, highlighted by his just-wrapped The Heart & Soul Tour with Stevie Nicks – which is currently the #2 highest grossing tour on Billboard’s 2011 Boxscore chart. The tour has garnered Stewart enormous critical praise including The New York Post which declared Stewart “Forever Young,” US Weekly, which called his set list “…a non-stop jam session” and The Globe and Mail, which declared, “Rod Stewart competes with no one…” In addition to praise for his concert performance, Stewart was just honored with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award for his songwriting and received his 16th Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.” Stewart’s incredible year began with his chart-topping, 33-date 2010 European summer t our – which included four sold-out dates at London’s O2 Arena – and continued with a sold-out, eight concerts at The Colosseum in Las Vegas in November of 2010.

Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mick Jagger Among UK’s Richest Music Millionaires

Who’s richer: Paul McCartneyElton JohnMick Jagger or Sting?  Thanks to the Sunday Times of London, we know the answer to this very important question.  Each year, the paper publishes a “rich list” rounding up the wealthiest one thousand people and families in the UK, and according to Bloomberg.com, the richest British musician is Paul McCartney, with a fortune of 813 million dollars.  By comparison, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, the widow and son of Paul’s Beatles bandmate George Harrison, are together worth about 280 million bucks, andRingo Starr is worth just under 250 million.
As for the rest of the British musicians, Elton John is the second richest behind Paul, with a fortune of 320 million, followed by Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger, with 312 million bucks.  Sting is worth just under 300 million dollars, Eric Clapton is worth just over 200 million bucks, and Phil Collins and Rod Stewart both have fortunes of just under 190 million bucks.  Other rockers on the list include David Bowie,Roger Waters and Brian Johnson.
All The Best

Stevie Nicks Will Never Be A Mother: "I Want To Have Complete Freedom

Rock legend Stevie Nicks has ruled out ever becoming a mother – because a baby would hamper her “complete freedom”.

Nicks has been married once, to her longtime friend Kim Anderson, but they divorced in the 1980s after just months of marriage and the singer remains childless at the age of 62.
The Fleetwood Mac star’s close friend Sheryl Crow became a parent at the age of 46 when she adopted son Wyatt in 2007 and she took on another son, Levi James, last year (10).
And Nicks is adamant that seeing her friend dealing withparenthood has just made her more determined not to havechildren of her own.
She tells Britain’s Guardian Weekend magazine, “I want to have complete freedom. Sheryl does not have complete freedom now. She doesn’t! But that’s what she wanted. She wanted a baby. And I have a Yorkie Chinese crested dog. I’m happy with that.”
In Your Dreams

Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart Set For Album Reunion

Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck are working on new albumplans, marking the first time the duo has recorded new material together since the guitar great broke up the Jeff Beck Band on the eve of the Woodstock festival in 1969.

Stewart was hired as Beck’s frontman in 1967. After the band split two years later, the Maggie May singer joined The Faces before embarking on a successful solo career.
In recent years, the two old friends have been plotting a possible Jeff Beck Band reunion with Stewart’s Faces sidekick Ronnie Wood.
And now it looks as if a new Beck/Stewart album is on the cards.
The Best of Jeff Beck featuring Rod Stewart
Stewart tells RollingStone.com, “Jeff and I had a lunch together just before Christmas. He’s going up to record some tracks with his band in February in San Francisco and (then he’ll) send them over to me, so we’re making progress.” Stewart’s longtime manager Arnold Stiefel insists fans should be very excited about the prospect of the two great Brits working together: “They have some really clever things planned.” Stewart famously turned down the chance to reunite with Wood and The Faces last year (10). Instead the 70s supergroup has asked former Simply Red star Mick Hucknall to front them.

Rod Stewart is a Backstage Builder

Rod Stewart is such a huge model train enthusiast he insists on a backstage area where he can set up tracks before concerts.

The Maggie May singer admits he likes to build model buildings and try out new train acquisitions on the road – because it helps to calm his nerves.
But he’s careful not to get too engrossed in his passion.
The avid collector tells Model Railroader magazine, “When I find myself focusing so intently on a model that it ceases to be fun, it’s time to walk away, have a cup of tea and come back to it later.” Stewart even offers the publication tips on how to become a great model builder: “An eye for proportion, a sense of what fits naturally, right down to the placement of the advertising signs.”

Bono, Ozzy Osborne and Elton John Reveal Playlists

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Bono, Ozzy Osborne and Sir Elton John are among 50 artists who have detailed their favourite iPod playlists for a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

Bono chose 15 David Bowie tracks, Ozzy loves listening to The Beatles, Johnson picked reggae great Bob Marley and Elton’s playlist is dubbed New Pop Classics and features songs by Eminem, Amy Winehouse, Bob Dylan and The Shins.
Rod Stewart, Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow, Chris Martin and Kanye West also took part in the Playlist issue.
Coldplay star Martin selected 10 tracks from the 1980s, including songs by A-ha, Kate Bush, U2, Neneh Cherry and Michael Jackson.
Of A-Ha’s 1985 song Hunting High & Low, the pop star says, “It has the best use of seagull sounds of any track I can think of.”
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