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Born in North London in 1945, Rod Stewart has carved out a legendary musical career over the past five decades, and as he heads out on the road again in summer 2019 to celebrate his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses, we look back at the incredible songs that shaped his career by showcasing the artists who’ve covered them.
From humble beginnings in The Dimensions and Steampacket in the early ’60s to the Jeff Beck group, Faces and his hugely successful solo career, Rod Stewart has become an iconic household name. With a who’s who list of celebrities and musicians lining up to cover his most famous songs, we’ve listed some of our favourites below.
In 1996, hotel heiress, socialite and reality star Paris Hilton covered Rod’s 1978 hit Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? which was released as the final track on her debut album, Paris. Other notable covers of the track include ’80s synth-pop band Frankie Goes To Hollywood, who released their version in 2009.
Rod Stewart’s classic Maggie May was covered by Brit-pop icons Blur in 1992. Their version appeared on their second album Modern Life Is Rubbish, released in 1993.
In 1997, Janet Jackson unleashed her version of Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) which appeared on Rod’s seventh studio album A Night on the Town in 1976.
1982’s That’s What Friends Are For was covered by American soul legend Dionne Warwick in 1985, and also featured iconic artists Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight to boot. Some live versions also feature Whitney Houston and Luther Vandross.
From 1969 to 1975 – and in 2015 during their reunion – Rod Stewart was a member of Faces along with Ronnie Wood, who went on to join The Rolling Stones. In 1971, Faces released their third album, A Nod’s As Good As a Wink… to a Blind Horse which featured Stay With Me written by Wood and Stewart. The track has been a regular live cover by rock band Foo Fighters since 2015, and you can watch their version below. The track was also covered by Def Leppard in 2006.
Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian
In 1993, Rod Stewart collaborated with Sting and Bryan Adams to perform the track All for Love for The Musketeers soundtrack. This was covered in 2010 by Boyzone’s Ronan Keating and featured Guy Sebastian, for his Duet album. You can watch All for Love below (wrongly named in the video title).
If you want to see his music performed by Rod Stewart himself – the full list of 2019 UK dates are listed below:
31 May 2019 – St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
1 June 2019 – York Racecourse, York
4 June 2019 – Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
7 June 2019 – Portman Road Stadium, Ipswich
8 June 2019 – Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton
12 June 2019 – AECC, Aberdeen
14 June 2019 – University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton
Tickets are priced at £125, £95, £75 and £55, excluding fees.
Rod Stewart tickets for Southampton, York, Milton Keynes, Ipswich, Wolverhampton, Aberdeen and Bolton will be available through general sale from 9:00 on 21 September 2018. Grab them through Ticketmaster.co.uk.