Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rod Stewart news

Rarities, Rod Stewart's new two-CD, 24-track collection due Sept. 3 on Mercury/UMe, will offer a comprehensive selection of alternate versions, non-LP singles, B-sides, studio outtakes and BBC Radio One performances. 

Additionally, there are covers by The Who (“Pinball Wizard”), Bob Dylan (“Girl from the North Country”), Jimi Hendrix (“Angel”), Cole Porter (“Every Time We Say Goodbye”), Jerry Lee Lewis (“What Made Milwaukee Famous [Has Made a Loser Out of Me]”), Stealer’s Wheels (“You Put Something Better Inside of Me”).

It also spotlights alternative takes on Stewart classics “Maggie May” and Elton John/Bernie Taupin’s “Country Comfort,” recorded with the Faces, live for BBC Radio One, both of which are previously unreleased.

Among the two-disc set's other highlights are re-workings of Gasoline Alley’s “It’s All Over Now,” in its edited version released as a single, and two separate versions of Every Picture Tells a Story’s “Maggie May,” one an early rendition with completely different, unfinished lyrics, the other a September 1971 performance on BBC Radio One that is available for the first time on an official release.

Offering a peak into Stewart’s future successful series of Great American Songbooks is a cover of Cole Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” as well as a version of Jerry Lee Lewis’ weepy, honky-tonk lament, “What Made Milwaukee Famous [Has Made a Loser Out of Me]),” originally the non-LP B-side of the single which featured Jimi Hendrix’s “Angel.”

Rarities features both sides of the 1973 single--credited to Rod Stewart and the Faces--featuring the Goffin/ King-penned Maxine Brown hit “Oh! No Not My Baby” and the Stewart/Wood/ McLagan collaboration “Jodie,” co-produced by Stewart and Wood, with Rod backed by Wood, McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones.

As Scott Schinder’s new liner notes put it, “For many serious fans, Stewart’s Mercury years represent his creative peak, and the music that he made during that period retains a special place in the hearts of his admirers.”

Stewart recently released Time, his first rock album in a dozen years, on Capitol Records. The album features 11 original tracks and marks Rod’s return to songwriting after nearly two decades. Time entered at No. 1 in the UK, setting a new British record for the longest gap between chart-topping albums by an artist -- and in the US, it marked Stewart’s highest-charting album of original material since 1979.

Most of the release was born during the period he worked on what would later become his internationally best-selling book, Rod: The Autobiography.

In related news, the singer just extended his non-consecutive run for “Rod Stewart: The Hits” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two more years beginning this fall.

Nine new November concerts have been added from November 6-24.

"“I’m thrilled to add another two years,” said Stewart. “The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is literally one of the best venues in the entire world; there's not a bad seat in the house and it sounds great -- I love it there.”

Tickets will go on-sale Saturday, Aug. 3 at 10:00 AM PST for the following performances:
Nov. 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24

Tickets for his remaining summer 2013 performances are currently on-sale. Show dates include: Aug. 3, 4

Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, or by calling 1-888-9-AXSTIX (1-888-929-7849), or online by visiting or, keyword “Rod Stewart.”

Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees. Ticket prices are $49/ $69/ $99/ $165/ $250 (all prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax). For groups of 10 or more, call 1-866-574-3851. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

“Rod Stewart: The Hits” features a set list of the iconic rock and R&B favorites that have defined Stewart’s unparalleled five-decade long career including “Maggie May,” “You Wear it Well,” “Hot Legs,” “You’re in My Heart,” “Do You Think I’m Sexy,” “Some Guys Have All the Luck,” “Young Turks” and “Forever Young.” The high-impact show is designed to give audiences that intimate, only in Las Vegas concert experience - with no fan more than 120 feet from the magnificent stage.

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