Smiling Faces as Rod revival brings in cash

Rod Stewart is to return to Blackpool next summer, much to the delight of fans and businesses.
Rod Stewart is to return to Blackpool next summer, much to the delight of fans and businesses.
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Everyone’s looking forward to a night on the town when, footloose and fancy free, Rod Stewart rolls into town next summer.

As reported in yesterday’s Gazette the iconic rocker is set to play Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium on June 20.

And both music fans and businesses alike have given their seal of approval to Rod’s anticipated arrival.

Neil Carpenter, manager of HMV Music, on Bank Hey Street, is already organising a display of his back catalogue for the shop.

He said: “It’s brilliant and it just keeps getting better.

“We’ve had Elton John, Bob Dylan and now Rod Stewart next year.

“It shows that if you get one or two big names the rest will follow.

“We’ve got a big Bob Dylan display in the shop at the moment and we’ll definitely be doing one with Rod Stewart.

“I’m a big fan of early Rod, not so much his American Songbook stuff. He’s an icon and he’s always just been there, music fans everywhere will like some of his stuff.”

Hoteliers near the football ground are also hoping for a boost in trade at the time of the concert.

Debbie Priest, owner of the Rosedale, on Lytham Road, said: “It’s about time they brought somebody famous into Blackpool and it may bring some business in too.

“I remember his early songs.”

Karen Carey, owner of the Winterbourne Hotel, on Clarendon Road, added: “We do occasionally have families here for the football.

“Something like this would increase our takings. I don’t mind him at all.”

It is hoped the spectacular gig will be a 25,000 sell out.

He is also playing Brighton, Stoke and Falkirk football stadiums, as well as Somerset Cricket Club.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am priced from £55 and are available online at www.ticketline.co.uk or by phone 0844 888 9991.

Click here to read how The Gazette broke the story: ROD STEWART SET FOR BLOOMFIELD ROAD GIG

Whatever we are doing we need to keep it up

Claire Smith, president of Stay Blackpool, has also welcomed the news. She said: “It’s absolutely massive.

“Anyone famous coming to Blackpool is good for all the hotels, restaurants and bars. Real, serious, credible stars like Rod without a shadow of a doubt bring visitors in.

“We’re doing really well for big names which makes me think perhaps we’re becoming a cool place to perform.

“Whatever it is we’re doing right, we need to keep doing it.”

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