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Forever young: Rod Stewart to play Covelli



Published: Mon, June 9, 2014 @ 6:59 a.m.

By GUY D’ASTOLFO

dastolfo@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

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.”


Comments

1papa1(696 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

if you wait long enough maybe you can get the rolling stones. half of the beatles are dead so it's too late for them, or is it???

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2JoeFromHubbard(1139 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

>> (additional fees may apply) <<

Are you kidding me?

At the prices listed for tickets, what else could there be?

That should make enough money to put Youngstown in the black for years, if anyone pays that much.

And, there will be those misguided souls who will do so.

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3JoeFromHubbard(1139 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

@ lovethiscity:

You're right, and I don't spend money foolishly.

Guess it's a good thing that most people don't think like me because the entertainment industry would evaporate.

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4Aware(222 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Kudos to Eric Ryan and people who support the Valley! I probably will not go to the concert as a non-Rod Stewart fan, but I applaud the efforts toward the Covelli Center's growth! It will sell out in minutes. We've attended other events there and it's a fine venue! The Elton John concerts were amazing! Naysayers get lost. Go Youngstown and Mahoning Valley! And for the people who like to be negative...it must be awful to be you. Move if you hate it that much. Bye......

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