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Rod Stewart hangs up his boots before his Brighton visit
5:10am Friday 14th March 2014 in News
Rock legend Rod Stewart has hung up his football boots to avoid getting injured before his Brighton concert.
The 69-year-old has played football all his life but has stopped playing to ensure he is raring to go when his tour starts at Brighton and Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium on June 13.
He said: “It was beginning to impinge on my work playing on a Sunday, then having to go and play
a concert at Vegas in the evening.
“But I’ve had a great run. I’ve played all my life. The lads gave me a good send-off. And now I’m assistant coach to the assistant coach.”
The former singer with The Faces went out on a high with a 3-2 win which saw his Sunday
League side, based in LA, reach fourth in their league.
The superstar’s return to songwriting after 20 years has seen his new album Time become a massive hit.
His stop off at the Amex is the start of his five-date tour across the UK this summer.
The venues chosen have brought back memories of Rod’s early days as a musician, days when he toured the country in vans working to make it to the big time.
One track, ‘Brighton Beach’, is an emotional love song about his time on the south coast as a
He said: “There’s a track on the album about Brighton and what that place means to me, I spent a lot of my teenage years there.”
As a 17-year-old he fathered a child with Brighton girl Susan Boffey.
Sarah was born in 1963 and spent some time in children’s homes and with foster carers before being adopted by a couple in East Sussex when she was aged five.
Rod stopped off on a world tour with a date at the Brighton Centre in 1978 and his last performance in Brighton was in November 1986.
The singer is still keen for a Faces reunion but it is proving tricky getting a time that suits everyone, including Ronnie Wood, who is busy with the Rolling Stones.
Rod said he decided to tour after the album was well received.
He said: “It’s what I do and I love doing it. It’s my job and I’m just loving it.”
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