Forever young: Rod Stewart to play Covelli
By GUY D’ASTOLFO
Rod Stewart, the British rocker with a trail of hits that is five decades long, will come to Covelli Centre on Aug. 24.
It’s easily one of the biggest concerts to come to the 9-year-old arena. The singer with the iconic raspy voice has sold more than 100 million records worldwide in his career, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
“It’s a major show for us,” said Eric Ryan, director of Covelli Centre and promoter of the show.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 20 at ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. A small number of tickets also will be sold at the arena box office.
Prices are $175 (first 10 rows), $136.50, $76.50 and $46.50 (additional fees may apply).
About 5,700 seats will be available for the concert. Unlike the Elton John concerts at Covelli in 2010 and February, seats behind and on the sides of the stage will not be sold.
Billed as a greatest-hits show, the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. and will have no opening act. The 69-year-old Stewart has had more than 30 top 10 songs in his career, including “Maggie May,” “Forever Young,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “Young Turks,” “Hot Legs” and “You’re In My Heart.”
Ryan said he expects the show to sell out quickly.
In its short history, Covelli Centre has built a track record of hosting major artists, with a list that includes the likes of Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Wiz Khalifa, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.
Ryan said he has been trying to book Rod Stewart for about four years.
“I’ve said it before, but the community response [to concerts] has been so overwhelming that it allows us to keep pushing the envelope and get concerts that don’t normally come to a venue this size.”
Covelli Centre recently signed up with Venue Coalition, a group that aids and supports independently run concert halls and arenas. Ryan credited the group with helping him obtain the connections to secure the Rod Stewart concert.
Stewart just wrapped up a leg of a North American tour co-headlining with Carlos Santana, and will begin a European stadium tour later this week.
The tour with Santana will resume in late July and run through August. In September, Stewart will begin a long stand at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The Youngstown date will be one of just a few solo shows that Stewart has booked, said Ryan, whose company, JAC/Eric Ryan Productions, is the promoter.
“For me, personally, it’s a major accomplishment to promote and produce a show by a legend like Rod Stewart,” said Ryan. “It’s an honor and a privilege, and we are very excited about it.”