Rod to play Home Park
INTERNATIONAL rocker Rod Stewart will play Home Park this summer – and tickets go on sale today.
The iconic singer and a self-confessed football fanatic is to play his only 2009 confirmed UK date at the Argyle stadium on Thursday, July 2.
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Confirming the coup, Argyle chairman and Stewart fan Paul Stapleton said the superstar specifically wanted to perform in the city.
The gig, which it is hoped will attract 20,000 fans, will be the centrepiece of this year's Plymouth Summer Festival.
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Mr Stapleton said: "This is a massive boost for Plymouth Argyle and for the city of Plymouth, especially in these uncertain financial times.
"The fact that Rod specifically wanted to come to play at Plymouth speaks volumes for the way we've developed the football club into a recognised and credible live music venue.
"The reputation and investment of Home Park now means that international superstars like Rod Stewart want to come to the South West to perform.
"Personally, I am delighted – Rod is one of my all-time favourites."
The gig – to include rock classics Maggie May, Tonight's the Night, and Do you Think I'm Sexy? – will be the first time Stewart has played Plymouth.
The international star is among a number of big name acts to grace Argyle's home ground since the pitch first hosted a major music concert in May 2007.
Superstars Elton John, George Michael, Meatloaf and Westlife have also performed at the venue.
Liz Hobbs MBE, concert producer, said: "Following the success of last year's music festival with Meat Loaf and Westlife, it is a great credit to the football club and the town to have an artist of Rod Stewart's stature choosing exclusively to play Home Park."
An Argyle spokesman said the club are "looking at the possibility" of hosting a second concert with another big name act on July 3.
He could not confirm which performers were being considered, although it was previously rumoured that girl band Pussycat Dolls could play the stadium.
On April 7th, 2008, 500 fans queued, some through the night, for tickets to see Westlife and Meat Loaf at Home Park.
Stewart, aged 64, has sold an estimated 250 million album and singles during a music career earning him a place on the list of best-selling music artists.
Before beginning his musical career, which spans 40 years, he was an apprentice with the Brentford Football Club.
The concert at Home Park is part of Argyle's 'Live and Kicking' concert series.
Tickets go on sale – initially to Argyle members, Foundation members, and shareholders only – at 9am today. They go on general sale from 6pm tomorrow.
They cost £100, £75, £65 and £55, and are available from the Home Park Box Office or by phone on 0845 338 7232 or online at www.pafc.co.uk.
After 6pm on Friday, February 6, from See Tickets on 0844 412 4639 or at www.seetickets.com
VIP Corporate hospitality packages for the concert are available in the club's Pyramid Suite.
Further details can be obtained from the Argyle commercial team on 01752 302204.
All telephone bookings and internet bookings are subject to service charge.
For further details visit www.pafc.co.uk
Home Park highlights
ARGYLE'S home ground has hosted four superstar gigs since the football pitch first turned concert venue two years ago.
Major acts Sir Elton John, George Michael, Meat Loaf and Westlife have graced the Home Park stadium.
Legendary Sir Elton kicked off Home Park's inaugural music concert on May 26, 2007.
A packed crowd of 22,000 made it the city's biggest ever live gig.
The Herald wrote: "Cowboy hats, feather boas, and star-shaped sunglasses were everywhere to be seen. And there were even two Elton lookalikes – complete with sparkly suits, wigs and glasses – lapping up the crowds' cheers as they did a tour of the ground.
"Within just a few songs, it was easy to forget you were sat at Plymouth Argyle's football ground; the crowd could easily have been at a Wembley or Millennium Stadium concert."
Next up was George Michael, on June 28 the same year.
Despite the star arriving on stage an hour late due to technical problems, his fans were out in force.
One said: "It was awesome. He looked great with his black jacket and shades on – it's everything you would expect from George Michael."
On April 7, 2008, 500 fans queued, some through the night, for tickets to see Meat Loaf and Westlife at Home Park.
They played on June 27 and 28 respectively.
It is estimated that over 18,000 fans went to watch the Irish boy band perform.
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