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Music to return to Molineux with Rod Stewart concert next year

By Megan Archer | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published:

The rock legend's concert will be the first at Molineux since Bon Jovi performed in 2003.

Rod Stewart performing in Shrewsbury in 2017

Singing superstar Sir Rod Stewart is to play Molineux next summer in the first big concert to be staged there in 15 years, it has been revealed.

Thousands will turn out for the show three weeks after the end of Wolves’ season on Saturday, June 8 as the rock legend – now aged 73 – performs to support of the release of his 30th studio album Blood Red Roses.

Tickets to see Sir Rod go on general sale next Friday and will cost up to £125 for a front row seat, however Wolves season ticket holders and members will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets on Thursday.

Sarah Rhodes, from Rhodes Media which is handling PR for the tour, said 25,000 tickets are available for the gig.

Molineux has a 31,000 capacity, but one stand is expected to be blocked off for the stage and temporary seats will be installed on the pitch for the all-seater gig.

The last open air show at the football stadium was in 2003 when 34,000 people packed in to see Bon Jovi.

Although Sir Rod played at Shrewsbury Town's ground last year, this is the first time he has toured his home country for three years and the Molineux performance will be the fifth of seven concerts at venues across England and Scotland.

Fans can expect to hear classics such as Maggie May, The First Cut is the Deepest and Hot Legs, as well as tracks from the new album.

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'Significant for the city'

Wolves Managing Director Laurie Dalrymple said: “It has been 15 years since Molineux hosted a live music event, so today’s announcement is very significant for both Wolves and the city of Wolverhampton.

“Attracting top performers like Rod Stewart to Wolverhampton is part of our wider strategic plan to make Molineux a multi-purpose entertainment destination that welcomes visitors from the city and further afield.

“We will work closely with the city council to ensure a successful event that drives local economy whilst being considerate to residents.”

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Sir Rod is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide, and is releasing Blood Red Roses almost 50 years to the date from when he signed his first solo recording contract.

The 13-track album released on September 28 is described as a 'deeply personal' collection of originals and covers and follows Another Country which was released in 2015.

How can I buy tickets?

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 21 from Ticketmaster but before that there will be two pre-sale windows.

The first pre-sale will be at 9am on September 19 but can only be accessed by pre-ordering Sir Rod’s new album Blood Red Roses from hmv.com.

Wolves season ticket holders and members will be able to pre-order tickets at 9am on September 20. More information on how this sale can be accessed will be emailed to eligible Wolves supporters next week.

Tickets will be priced at £125 for front row package and gold hot tickets, £95 for silver hot tickets, and £75 and £55 for general sale, excluding fees.

Front row packages will include a top-price seated ticket in the front row, a merchandise item designed exclusively for package purchases and a souvenir Rod Stewart tour laminate and lanyard.

The gold hot ticket will include the merchandise and souvenir laminate and lanyard with a top-price ticket in rows two to five, while the silver hot ticket is the same but with any seated ticket.

The Rod Stewart Live In Concert tour will also visit Southampton, York, Milton Keynes, Ipswich, Aberdeen and Bolton.

The full tour dates are:

  • May 31, Southampton, St Mary’s
  • June 1, York, York Racecourse
  • June 4, Milton Keynes, Stadium MK
  • June 7, Ipswich, Portman Road
  • June 8, Wolverhampton, Molineux
  • June 12, Aberdeen, AECC
  • June 14m Bolton, University of Bolton Stadium

Fans took to social media to express their delight at the news of Rod Stewart visiting the city.

Jackie Poole said: "How fabulous, thank you for coming to Wolverhampton – also it's my ruby wedding anniversary. Wow what a lovely surprise, I just hope I get my tickets."

Diane Badger said: "Ooh I'm all excited, what a day that will be."

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Deputy Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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