Commander of the Order of the British Empire Rod Stewart has been known for many things over the years: His early work with bands like The Jeff Beck Group and the Faces, his hugely successful and long solo career, and the influence he's had on modern music. What he's known for most of all is his voice; a voice that's spanned generations and brought joy to millions of people world wide on tour dates and on records. It is a voice that has sold over 100 million records, sold out tour dates around the world, and earned Stewart a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rod Stewart is currently playing a whirlwind 2011 tour with Stevie Nicks, titled the Heart & Soul Tour
. With two legends on one stage, fans of both artists can't afford to miss this event.
Rod Stewart's first big break came when Jeff Beck (formerly of the Yardbirds) asked him to join the Jeff Beck Group as a vocalist. The band released one album in 1968 before Stewart left the band, citing conflict among the ranks. Just as Rod Stewart signed a solo contract with Mercury Records, his good friend Ron Wood (from the Jeff Beck Group) replaced Steve Marriott in The Small Faces. Stewart was invited to join the band as a vocalist shortly before the release of his debut solo album, An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down. Rod Stewart's solo career really began to take off when a B-side track -- titled "Maggie May" -- on his solo album, Every Picture Tells a Story, began playing on the radio. The Faces scored a hit with their single "Stay With Me" off of their third album, A Nod Is as Good as a Wink…To a Blind Horse. Tensions began between Rod Stewart and the Faces, as Stewart's solo career was surpassing his career with the Faces. The band would release their final album, Ooh La La, in 1973.
With the release of 1978's Blondes Have More Fun…or do they? -- and its single, "Da ya Think I'm Sexy?" -- Rod took his Mod style to the next level with more of a glam look, emphasized by the aforementioned single. It wasn't until 1988's Out of Order, that Stewart began again producing huge hits. 1991's Vagabond Heart pushed Stewart's comeback into the 90's, but by then he had mostly giving up on new, original material.
Since 2002, Stewart has been producing The Great American Songbook albums, in which he croons to hit songs from the 30's and 40's. They have been the second comeback of Rod Stewart's career, and the albums have seen the success of his 70's albums. Now "Rod the Mod" is on an international tour in 2011 with Stevie Nicks on the Heart & Soul Tour. Tour dates will feature classic hits from both artists, including a few duets. The duo is currently playing tour dates on the East Coast, switching to their West Coast leg on April 15. Stewart and Nicks will also bring their 2011 tour to The UK on April 29 with a stop-off in Poland on June 11. The Heart & Soul Tour's last tour date will be in London on June 26, so check out concert details before this rare treat disappears.
Pat Benatar (born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski on January 10, 1953) is a four-time Grammy Award-winning American singer best known for her mezzo-soprano vocal range on hit songs such as "Love Is a Battlefield", "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", and "Heartbreaker". Benatar is one of the top-selling female artists of all-time, and one of the 1980s Top Platinum Album Recipients, according to the Recording Industry Association of America with 12.5 million certified units, including two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums, plus 19 Top 40 singles to her credit.
"I Need a Lover" was the first single to be released on August 27, 1979. However both it and the next single, "If You Think You Know How to Love Me" (October 1979), were unsuccessful. Benatar's third single "Heartbreaker" was released in early December of 1979 and became an immediate hit, climbing to #23 in the U.S. Benatar said "That was written by these two English guys, Gill and Wade, and it had all these little English colloquialisms that Americans would never say. So the publisher gave it to me to clean up, and I had to figure out all these lyrics. It was making me crazy. But I loved the song from the first time I heard it, so I rewrote the lyrics and we did the song as it appears here. It's one of my favorites." A fourth single "We Live for Love" was released in February 1980, and reached US #27.
Benatar's debut album In the Heat of the Night was released in October 1979, and reached #12. It established Benatar as a new force in rock. Producer Mike Chapman, who had worked with Blondie and The Knack, broke his vow not to take on any new artists when he heard Benatar's demo tape. Chapman personally produced three tracks on the album, while his long-time engineer and now independent producer, Peter Coleman (who also supervised Nick Gilder) oversaw the rest. In addition, Chapman and his partner, Nicky Chinn, wrote three original songs for the LP, in addition to a rearranged version of a song they wrote for The Sweet, "No You Don't". The album also featured two songs written by Roger Capps and Benatar, as well as "I Need a Lover" written by John Mellencamp, "Don't Let It Show" written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson, and the single "We Live for Love" by lead guitarist Neil Giraldo.
The album would be Benatar's first RIAA certified platinum album.
Gravity's Rainbow (US #85) was released in 1993 and was a return to the AOR genre. "Everybody Lay Down" was picked up by Album Rock radio and went all the way to #3. The single was never released to Top 40/Contemporary Hit Radio and a music video was never produced. "Somebody's Baby" was instead released as the single to Top 40 radio and a music video produced. A third track was scheduled and a video shot for "Everytime I Fall Back", but the single was never released and the music video was lost when Chrysalis was sold to EMI records. Pat Benatar had become pregnant again and this may have had an effect on her label's support of the album. This was Benatar's last album recorded for Chrysalis records. Gravity's Rainbow failed to have the same commercial success as Benatar's previous works. The album sold approximately 200,000 copies in the US.
Benatar has released only one album of new material since 1997's Innamorata, which is 2003's Go (US #187). The album included the 9/11 charity single, "Christmas in America" as a bonus track. A compilation video was produced for the single "Have It All", but was never released, the only video from this album is for the bonus track.