Rod ready to rock the stadium in April

Rod Stewart.
Rod Stewart.
Dunedin is set to rock to Rod Stewart with confirmation he will play his only South Island show at Forsyth Barr Stadium next year.

The concert - which Stewart promises will be a greatest hits package spanning his four-decade career - would be staged in Dunedin on Saturday, April 11, it was announced yesterday.

It would be one of only two New Zealand shows on Stewart's ''The Hits'' tour, which also includes seven Australian performances, beginning in Perth on March 21 and finishing in Auckland on April 13.

The 69-year-old Grammy Award-winning rocker said he was excited about returning to Dunedin after a visit in 1997.

''I've never played in Dunedin. I'm looking forward to it,'' Stewart told the Otago Daily Times.

''There are a lot of Scots down there so I should feel somewhat at home.''

It would also be the first visit to New Zealand since 2012 for Stewart, whose hits included Da Ya Think I'm Sexy, Rhythm Of My Heart, Maggie May, Sailing and Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright).

Stewart said his show would offer ''a certain amount of nostalgia'' as well as songs from his latest album, Time.

Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive Terry Davies said he hoped the show would pull an all-ages crowd of 20,000 from around the South Island.

''It's a major event and I think there will be interest from a wide demographic,'' he said.

Stewart's show also represented the first big concert secured for the stadium since Mr Davies took up his new role in March.

It was the product of a closer working relationship forged with music promoters Frontier Touring and Dainty Group, both based in Melbourne, Mr Davies said.

Stewart's tour was being promoted by Frontier Touring, headed by Michael Gudinski, and Mr Davies said a successful event would help secure more big concerts.

''If the public support Rod, I think it's a road to more shows being driven down this way.''

Tickets, on sale from September 16, would cost between $94.50 and $284.50 for ''platinum'' seats, including booking fees.

Details of support acts for the concert would be announced later.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the announcement of Stewart's concert was ''great news'' for the city.

''He's clearly got continuing appeal, not just to grey-hairs ... I will be there.''

Mr Cull was also encouraged to see the city enjoying fresh success securing another big concert, ''hard on the heels'' of the announcement Lorde would play a sell-out show at the Dunedin Town Hall on October 29.

''I think we might be back on track, attracting some pretty good acts into the city,'' Mr Cull said.

Stewart's daughter Renee (22) has just signed as the new face of Bendon lingerie.

The leggy brunette completed her first underwear shoot in Sydney earlier this week, The New Zealand Herald reported.

She is following in the footsteps of mother Rachel Hunter, who began modelling for Bendon in 1986 before going on to a stellar international career in front of the camera.

Images from the Bendon shoot are expected to be unveiled early next year.

Great news

Maybe they'll actually make some money for once assuming the ratepayers aren't being forced to underwrite the concert.

Who knows maybe one day they'll even find someone under 60 willing to play in the stadium

Excellent

I think we can all agree that a major act every two years is more realistically achievable for DVML. As both my partner and I have had our incomes drastically reduced as a direct result of the stadium, anyone got free tickets?

Welcome Rod

Good to see Rod is coming to town. I just hope the event is not being underwritten by ratepayers. On the face of it the event should be very successful and bring plenty of people into the city. We already know that $200,000 was paid to both Paul Simon and Aerosmith in guarantees out of the old events fund. Sadly we were never told if those events made or lost money for the Stadium as the results were deemed by DVML to be commercial in confidence. The ratepayers of Dunedin own the Stadium so some profit or loss feedback after the event would be entirely appropriate. It will have been two years between concerts after Aerosmith in April 2013 so lets hope this is the beginning of some more major events as was promised when FSB was first opened.

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