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Rod Stewart, Santana Join Forces for Arena Tour

Rod Stewart, Santana Join Forces for Arena Tour

Smooth rock fans: brace yourselves. This may be the most exciting thing that will ever happen to you. The latest in a long line of superstar megastar co-headlining jaunts sees Rod Stewart and Santana team up for a trek across North America.

In what their publicist has termed “their combined love of rock, soul, world rhythms, funk, jazz and blues,” the duo will hit the road in May for an 18-city North American tour that will see them traveling across the United States and into Canada.

The tour, dubbed “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs” kicks off on May 23rd in Albany, and will see the pair make stops in Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Denver and Washington, D.C. before wrapping up on August 20th in Wantagh, New York.

Stewart has previously toured with rocker Steve Winwood, while Santana shared the stage with the Allman Brothers Band.

As elders of rock n roll, both Stewart and Santana have had a relatively quiet few years. The tour announcement does come with a few musical releases, however.

Stewart, 69, is releasing a retrospective, Live 1976-1998: Tonight’s The Night, on March 18th. The four-disc album includes 58 tracks, such as “Maggie May”, “Hot Legs” with Tina Turner, “Infatuation” and “Try A Little Tenderness.”

Santana, 66, meanwhile, is planning to release another one of his collaboration albums, Corazon, featuring appearances from Pitbull, Miguel and Gloria Estefan.

In a career spanning five decades, Stewart has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. Last May, he released Time, his first rock album in a dozen years.

Santana, led by guitarist Carlos Santana, has sold more than 100 million records and performed for more than 100 millions fans at concerts across the globe. Santana won a record-tying nine Grammys, including album of the year, for 1999′s Supernatural.

Both have staged successful residencies in Las Vegas.

How The Great American Songbook Series Rejuvenated Rod Stewart’s Career

How The Great American Songbook Series Rejuvenated Rod Stewart’s Career

Like many pop/rock icons of the 70s & 80s, Scotland’s most notorious ladies’ man, Rod Stewart, found it difficult to sustain his success as his career ventured into 90s. The football fanatic’s career might not have been exactly in the doldrums – Bryan Adams & Sting collaboration “All For One” gave him a surprise US No.1 in 1993, while 1998’s When We Were The New Boys, a collection of Britpop songs originally recorded by the likes of Oasis, Primal Scream and Skunk Anansie peaked at No.2 in the UK. But an Outstanding Contribution to Music BRIT Award and his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame suggested that the music industry was ready to put him out to pasture.

His first 21st Century release didn’t exactly help matters. Recorded with renowned hit-makers Gregg Alexander, Rick Nowels and John Reid and featuring collaborations with a younger generation of artists including Macy Gray and Helicopter Girl, 2001’s Human was supposed to be the record that made Stewart relevant again. However, barely scraping the Billboard Top 50 and failing to produce a genuine hit single in any territory, it appeared to confirm that Stewart’s best days were over.

Step forward Clive Davis, the record company mogul responsible for launching the careers of Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera and arguably most significantly, completely reviving the fortunes of Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana with the star-studded Supernatural project. Eschewing the temptation to frogmarch Stewart into the studio with a similar host of contemporary chart stars, Davis instead encouraged the then 57-year-old to utilize his song interpretation skills after signing him to his J Records label.

It was a simple but smart idea. Stewart had long since given up attempting to write his own material, admitting that the process never came natural to him, whilst he first rose to fame in the late 60s with renditions of tracks by the likes of The Rolling Stones (“Street Fighting Man”), Bobby Womack (“It’s All Over Now”) and Tim Hardin (“Reason To Believe”).

But rather than the vintage rock classics of the 60s, Stewart traveled further back in time to lend his soulful raspy tones to the classic 30s/40s standards of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Featuring covers of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “The Way You Look Tonight” alongside a second recording of “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” his 2002 first installment of The Great American Songbook series, It Had To Be You, proved that audiences were ready to embrace Stewart as an old-school crooner, returning him to the US Top 10 for the first time since 1991’s Vagabond Heart.

2003’s follow-up As Time Goes By, a similar collection of traditional big-band numbers which also included Cher duet “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” proved that Stewart’s success was no fluke. But it was 2004’s Stardust that truly cemented Davis’ idea as one of the most inspired of his career. Debuting at number one with an incredible first-week sales of 200,000, the third installment became Stewart’s first US chart-topper since 1979’s Blondes Have More Fun, and surprisingly, despite a back catalog busting with hits, earned him his first ever Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Milking the whole concept for all that it was worth, 2005’s more collaborative Thanks For The Memory saw him team up with the likes of Diana Ross (“I’ve Got A Crush On You”), Chaka Khan (“You Send Me”) and long-time pal Elton John (“Makin’ Whoopee”). However, perhaps sensing overkill, 2006’s Still The Same…Great Rock Classics Of Our Time saw him adapt a similar concept to four decades of vintage rock n’ roll with interpretations of Cat Stevens’ “Father & Son,” John Waite’s “Missing You” and The Pretenders “I’ll Stand By You,” helping him to score a second Billboard No.1 in two years.

His 25th studio album, 2009’s Soulbook, did what it said on the tin with Stewart tackling the classic soul and Motown numbers he grew up with before a 2010 fifth Great American Songbook Volume, Fly Me To The Moon…and 2012 festive collection, Merry Christmas, Baby, confirmed that he has no intention of abandoning his successful formula. With an astonishing eight consecutive US Top 10 albums, who can blame him?

Rod Stewart Kicks Off Tour with Steve Winwood in Spring

Rod Stewart Kicks Off Tour with Steve Winwood in Spring

Rod Stewart is heading out on the road in North America next spring, and he’s bringing Steve Winwood with him for support.

The two rock legends will kick off the “Live the Life” tour on April 10 at the United Center in Chicago, and the tour is scheduled to run through a May 1 show at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Other cities the pair will hit include Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, New York and Atlanta.

“I’m thrilled to be touring with Steve Winwood, he is truly part of rock and roll’s enduring tapestry,” said Rod Stewart in a statement that definitely sounds like you’d expect a press release statement to sound.

Recently, Stewart has been celebrating the success of his latest release, Merry Christmas, Baby. The album, which is his first holiday record, landed Stewart his 16th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart. He also climbed to the top of the Adult Contemporary singles chart (once again) with his new rendition of “Let It Snow.”

The new album capped off quite the year for Stewart that started with him being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with the Faces. Stewart had previously been inducted into the Hall as a solo artist.

After a summer tour with Stevie Nicks, Stewart released his first memoir – “ROD: The Autobiography.” The book made the New York Times best-seller list. And if all that weren’t enough, he also continued his residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Steve Winwood, also a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, is known as an integral part of several bands, including Traffic, Blind Faith, Spencer Davis Group and Go. He is known as the singer of songs including “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Higher Love” and “Can’t Find My Way Home.”

Rod Stewart Heads Down Under in February

Rod Stewart Heads Down Under in February

Control yourselves ladies, Rod Stewart is returning to town. Next February the ex gravedigger will be hitting Australia’s shores. We can’t wait. His tour “The Hits” will be performed on stages in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in addition to two special concerts: one in Hunter Valley at the Hope Estate Winery and one in Macedon Ranges at Hanging Rock.

Stewart has had an impressive 62 UK hit singles, with 31 reaching into the top 10. Fans attending the concerts can expect to hear classic songs such as “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,” “Hot Legs,” “Sailing,” “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” “Stay With Me,” “You Wear It Well,” “Maggie May” and “Tonight’s The Night,” among other chart-topping songs from Rod Stewart. Rod will be smashing hit after hit out, if his past tours are any indication, with panache and his trademark style while treating the fans to a great night out and huge memory trip.

“Maggie May” was Stewart’s first major hit in 1971, which was the b-side for “Reason To Believe.” Subsequently the album and single “Every Picture Tells a Story” hit No. 1 in the UK, US and Australia. Rod never looked back from there, as he compiled an impressive number of hit albums and hit singles over the course of his five decade career. He has sold more than 200 million worldwide downloads, CDs and records.

Stewart recently entertained 65,000 fans at Hyde Park. The Mirror UK reported that the show was stolen by Rod Stewart. Both young and old from the crowd sang along with hit song after hit song, with Stewart taking the crowd on his career’s musical journey.

Rod Stewart is just the second artist ever to be scheduled to perform at Hanging Rock in Victoria. Leonard Cohen was hosted by Frontier as the first ever performer for the site in 2010. They have announced the concert by Rod Stewart will be part of their concert series at Hanging Rock. There will be a limited number of tickets for the show, so fans are encouraged to get them early.

Joining Stewart on his tour of Australia is Diesel, Australia’s very own hit maker. “Under The Influence,” their latest album, was recently released to critical acclaim. The Rolling Stone summarized things by stating, this kid really can play.

In February 2010 Rod Stewart along with his Diesel, his special guest, will be performing all your favorite hits.

Rod Stewart Commits to Two-Year Residency at Las Vegas’ Caesers Palace

Rod Stewart Commits to Two-Year Residency at Las Vegas’ Caesers Palace

Rod Stewart is joining the Colosseum headliners rotation at Caesars Palace. Over the next two years he will perform around 50 shows. The singer cautioned there would be no smoke, puffs, magicians, midgets or dancing ladies.

The 66 year old rocker said, I can’t stand that stuff. We will just do rock ‘n’ roll, balls to the walls style.

The initial 18 shows will start on August 24. Ticket will be on sale on Sunday.

In November Stewart played the Colosseum for the first time. His stint was a trial engagement. If both sides ended up being happy it would continue.

The dates may also tie back to the court case that is now a decade old between Caesars Entertainment and Stewart. The lawsuit involved millennium concerts and a deposit of $2 million dollars. The singer canceled the show while he was battling with cancer. In 2008, the casino company voluntarily dismissed the case.

Although the host property is Caesars, AEG Live operates the Colosseum separately. The promoters generally likes for its headliners to either appear exclusively or have unique production designs.

However Stewart said, they only thing I’m able to do is what I know. Having ten dancers behind me dancing isn’t the best way to go. Besides, I like doing my own choreography. I make it all up right on the spot.

The first shows at the Colosseum were much more intimate than sports arenas where Stewart usually performs.

He said, as the nights progressed, I would get more comfortable. I started to invite people to join me on stage. I would go down into the crowd. Then the crowd joins us on stage. From here on out we will call this Club Vegas.

It’s also a quick commute for Stewart from Los Angeles. That suits the singer’s current domestic situation. Stewart and Penny Lancaster, his wife, had their second baby named Aiden in February.

Stewart said, he’s a great looking kid. Bonnie, as we way in Scotland.

Stewart’s seventh and eighth children were the desire of his wife’s.

Why not, I said. I still have my equipment to do this, he chuckled.

Eight is enough though. For now we’ve closed up shop. That’s enough. No more.

Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks Pair Up for Arena Concert Tour in March

Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks Pair Up for Arena Concert Tour in March

Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart, two of the biggest superstars and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, have announced they are joining forces. One of this year’s most anticipated events in rock music will be their “The Heart and Soul Tour.” Now the question is will there be a big enough stage to hold that much raw talent.

The tour will be uniting two of the most legendary forces in rock music for a run of North American arena concerts. Performances have been confirmed already for Los Angeles, Toronto New York and Phoenix among other cities. The shows will be featuring both artists who will perform rock-n-roll sets containing material from their impressive catalogs of musical hits. They will be backed by an amazing band along with an incredible stage production.

Stewart said we haven’t started rehearsals yet, but already I can tell you having Stevie on board will give our audiences a night of pure rock-n-roll. I am thinking already about which old favorites of mine I want to bring back. I think vocally, we both starting thinking about what songs may be well-suited and fun for singing a few duets together.

In Stewart’s five decade career he has sold approximately 250 million singles and albums combined. Stewart is one of the all-time most successful performers and wrapped up 2010 on top of the album as well as the touring charts, capped off by his first run of sold-out and critically acclaimed shows in Las Vegas at The Colosseum.

Stewart has received an impressive 16 Grammy nominations, including this year’s Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album nomination for his set “Fly Me to the Moon… The Great American Songbook, Volume V.” On February 1 “The Best of… The Great American Songbook” will be released.

Grammy Award winning artist Stevie Nicks has been dubbed “The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll” by Rolling Stone. Nicks is best known as a singer with the band Fleetwood Mac. She has also had an extensive solo career. Collectively she has sold more than 140 million albums and produced more than forty hits songs in the Top 50.

Nicks will be adding to her impressive totals no doubt with the release of “In Your Dreams,” her greatly anticipated new CD, which will be released on May 3, 2011. It will be the first album from Nicks with new material in ten years. The set was co-produced by Glen Ballard and Dave Stewart, formerly of the Eurythmics.

Starting on January 21, tour tickets will be going on sale.

Rod Stewart to Perform Eight Dates at Vegas' Colosseum

Finally, sexagenarian pop-rock icon Rod Stewart will stop by Sin City for a short stint at the Caesar Palace’s Colosseum from November 6 to 21.  The rocker will be gracing the same venue that housed other acts such as Jerry Seinfeld, fellow Brit musician Elton John, Celine Dion, Bette Midler and at present until February 2011, Cher.

Stewart is coming off his successful global trek spanning the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Russia, Ireland and his native United Kingdom.  Just like his previous shows, he is expected to perform his timeless hits defining his five-decade career in the biz during his two-week slate at the Colosseum.

Stewart is testing the waters with this short Vegas residency gig.  “For some years now, AEG Live has been wanting me to do a residency show in Las Vegas. I decided it was time to give it a try, but I thought, ‘First, let’s try two weeks instead of two years, though,’” said the singer via a press statement.  He also added that his two-week run in Vegas might turn out to be fun and enjoyable for him, his band and the fans who would like to have the Stewart experience in “an intimate setting” and “in close proximity”.

2010 Rod Stewart Concert Tour
November 2010
6-7, 10, 14, 17-18, 20-21 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace