Rod Stewart Preps New Orchestral LP ‘You’re in My Heart’

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Rod Stewart preparing a new LP and decided  to reveal he had successfully fought off prostate cancer –

Album, which features new song “Stop Loving Her Today,” blends singer’s original vocal tracks with arrangements from Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Rod Stewart is revisiting some of his most famous songs in a symphonic setting with You’re in My Heart, an upcoming album that blends his original vocal tracks with new arrangements from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Trevor Horn (the Buggles, Yes) produced the LP, out November 22nd via Rhino.

The career-spanning project features updated versions of songs throughout the singer’s catalog — from the 1971 folk-rock anthem “Maggie May” to the 1988 soft-rock hit “Forever Young.” Other hits include “If We Fall in Love Tonight,” “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” “Reason to Believe” and “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright).”

About his cancer battle Rod said: “No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody,” the 74-year-old singer said Saturday while performing at a gala fundraiser for British charity the Prostate Project. “I’m in the clear now, simply because I caught it early.” (Los Angeles Times)

The diagnosis came a couple of years ago, the “Maggie May” singer said, urging men to go to the doctor and get tested. “Finger up the bum, no harm done,” Stewart joked.

Ronnie Wood and others joined Stewart in concert at “An Evening With Kenney Jones & Friends,” a charity ball attended by 500 people at London’s fancy Wentworth Club.

CD Edition:

1. “Maggie May”
2. “It Takes Two (with Robbie Williams)”
3. “Sailing”
4. “Reason To Believe”
5. “Handbags and Gladrags”
6. “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)”
7. “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”
8. “The First Cut Is The Deepest”
9. “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)”
10. “I Was Only Joking”
11. “Young Turks”
12. “Forever Young”
13. “Rhythm Of My Heart”
14. “Have I Told You Lately”
15. “Stop Loving Her Today”

2-CD Deluxe Edition

CD 1:

1. “Maggie May”
2. “Reason To Believe”
3. “Handbags & Gladrags”
4. “Sailing”
5. “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)”
6. “The Killing Of Georgie (Part I and II)”
7. “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”
8. “The First Cut Is The Deepest”
9. “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)”
10. “I Was Only Joking”

CD 2:

1. “It Takes Two (with Robbie Williams)”
2. “Stay With Me (with Faces)”
3. “Young Turks”
4. “What Am I Gonna Do (I’m So In Love With You)”
5. “Every Beat Of My Heart”
6. “Forever Young”
7. “Downtown Train”
8. “Rhythm Of My Heart”
9. “Have I Told You Lately”
10. “Tom Traubert’s Blues (Waltzing Matilda)”
11. “If We Fall In Love Tonight”
12. “Stop Loving Her Today”

Though Stewart said onstage he was diagnosed “two years ago,” he told the Mirror at the event that he learned about his cancer in February 2016 after a routine checkup and fought it in secret for three years.

Experience has shown what a big difference high-profile celebrities can make when they ‘come out’ about their cancer,” Prostate Project President Tim Sharp said in a statement, citing celebs including actor Stephen Fry. “We have no doubt that Sir Rod’s decision to announce his fight with the disease will be equally effective.”

When Rod Stewart is in residence in Los Angeles — which is to say, when he’s not on the road or in his native England or in Palm Beach, Fla., where he owns a third home about a mile up the beach from Donald Trump’s place — the  rocker lives in a sprawling and lavishly appointed mansion in Beverly Park.

Famously dissolute when he was coming up in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Stewart is big these days on not squandering his resources.

Look at his career in the last few years. At a point when many in his position are coasting with tribute projects or covers albums — records not unlike Stewart’s “Great American Songbook” series from the early 2000s — he’s recommitted himself to songwriting because he claims he has more to write about now than he did during his 20s and 30s.

 

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