By: Gary Graff
Rod Stewart is serious about making a new Rock 'n' Roll album -- so serious that he's postponed his planned North American concert tour with Steve Winwood that was slated for the spring.
Stewart posted a message on his official website announcing that, "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."
October 17, to be precise, in Greensboro, N.C., with nine dates to follow. Tickets will be honored and refunds are available at the point of purchase until February 22. Last fall, Stewart told us that he was ready to hop off the Great American Songbook train and get back to rocking with "Love the Life You Live," his first rock album since 2006's "Still The Same...Great Rock Classics of Our Time" and his first to feature original material since 2001's "Human:"
"It's all done, mate. I produced it myself. It's all finished, mixed, everything. We're just trying to do the last track...Just a good, old-fashioned Rod Stewart album... a lot of mandolin and acoustic (guitar) and fiddles and good storytelling, I believe, too."
Stewart wrote some of the songs with guitarist Jim Cregan, a longtime association. The full new tour itinerary includes:
- October 17 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
- October 19 Atlanta Philips Arena
- October 24 Chicago United Center
- October 26 Detroit Palace of Auburn Hills
- December 4 Boston TD Garden
- December 7 Newark Prudential Center
- December 9 New York City Madison Square Garden
- December 11 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
- December 14 Montreal Bell Centre
- December 15 Toronto Air Canada Centre
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