Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rod Stewart Hopes Stevie Nicks asks him to sing "Leather and Lace" with her.

Stewart, Nicks make a classic combination
Double bill keeps focus on greatest hits

By Sarah Rodman

Chivalry is not dead in classic rock. Rod Stewart makes a point on his current “Heart and Soul’’ tour with Stevie Nicks, which hits the TD Garden tomorrow night, to introduce the Fleetwood Mac songbird. “It gives things a sense of unity,’’ says the ever rooster-coiffed Brit, who got the idea from his daughters to team up with Nicks for a hits-packed night. We caught up with the 66-year-old new father — he welcomed his eighth child, Aiden, last month— by phone to chat about the raspy rocking double bill, how to get to Carnegie Hall, and a new record with old buddy Jeff Beck.

Q. When you announced the tour, you floated the idea of doing some of her famous duets, but thus far she’s joined you on a couple of your songs.

A. I have to look at the setlist but, apparently, she doesn’t do those duets. But she asked to sing two of my songs [“Passion’’ and “Young Turks’’]. And I said well if that’s what you want to do. One has to give way to the gentler sex. But she makes a very good job of them and it’s a start.

Q. I’m assuming you’re also a fan of her hit “Stand Back’’ since you covered it in the ’90s.

A. Yeah, I would love to sing “Stand Back’’ but she hasn’t asked me yet! You know she suffers from nerves so I don’t want to push her in a direction she doesn’t want to go in . . . When we get ’round to it we’ll add a couple more and hopefully she’ll ask me to sing “Leather and Lace.’’

Read the full Interview with Rod here

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