Rod Stewart postpones tour for album
Rod Stewart has announced the postponement of his spring tour so he can complete work on his first rock record in two decades – even though he’d already said it was finished.
The former Faces frontman was due to hit the road for 10 dates across the US, but has pushed back the trek until autumn.
A statement explains: “To accommodate the finishing pre-production and spring promotion of his first original rock studio album in almost 20 years, Rod Stewart has pushed back his Spring tour with Steve Winwood, which will now begin in October.”
But last year the singer told Billboard: “It’s all done – I produced it myself. It’s all finished, mixed, everything. Just a good, old-fashioned Rod Stewart album: a lot of mandolin and acoustic and fiddles, and good storytelling, I believe, too.”
At the time he credited co-writer Jim Cregan with his return to rock, saying: “I was sitting at my house in England. He came around and said, ‘Let’s try to write a song.’ I said, ‘No, I can’t be bothered. Those days are over.’
“But we sat down, I started humming a melody and he took it away and sent it back and said, ‘Listen, this is pretty good,’ so I wrote some words for it and ever since then it’s been just flowing like a river. An issue which I thought had long past and which I’d given up, songwriting, has come back, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”
Meanwhile Stewart has been named as one of the funniest non-comedians in the UK. He came eighth in a poll run by Leicester Comedy Festival after Olympic athlete Bradley Wiggins, London mayor Boris Johnson and singers Robbie Williams and Noel Gallagher.
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