Rod Stewart's first big break came when Jeff Beck (formerly of the Yardbirds) asked him to join the Jeff Beck Group as a vocalist. The band released one album in 1968 before Stewart left the band, citing conflict among the ranks. Just as Rod Stewart signed a solo contract with Mercury Records, his good friend Ron Wood (from the Jeff Beck Group) replaced Steve Marriott in The Small Faces. Stewart was invited to join the band as a vocalist shortly before the release of his debut solo album, An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down. Rod Stewart's solo career really began to take off when a B-side track -- titled "Maggie May" -- on his solo album, Every Picture Tells a Story, began playing on the radio. The Faces scored a hit with their single "Stay With Me" off of their third album, A Nod Is as Good as a Wink…To a Blind Horse. Tensions began between Rod Stewart and the Faces, as Stewart's solo career was surpassing his career with the Faces. The band would release their final album, Ooh La La, in 1973.
With the release of 1978's Blondes Have More Fun…or do they? -- and its single, "Da ya Think I'm Sexy?" -- Rod took his Mod style to the next level with more of a glam look, emphasized by the aforementioned single. It wasn't until 1988's Out of Order, that Stewart began again producing huge hits. 1991's Vagabond Heart pushed Stewart's comeback into the 90's, but by then he had mostly giving up on new, original material.
Since 2002, Stewart has been producing The Great American Songbook albums, in which he croons to hit songs from the 30's and 40's. They have been the second comeback of Rod Stewart's career, and the albums have seen the success of his 70's albums. Now "Rod the Mod" is on an international tour in 2011 with Stevie Nicks on the Heart & Soul Tour. Tour dates will feature classic hits from both artists, including a few duets. The duo is currently playing tour dates on the East Coast, switching to their West Coast leg on April 15. Stewart and Nicks will also bring their 2011 tour to The UK on April 29 with a stop-off in Poland on June 11. The Heart & Soul Tour's last tour date will be in London on June 26, so check out concert details before this rare treat disappears.
Cyndi Lauper: When "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" was released to radio in 1984, Cyndi Lauper suddenly found herself immersed with instant fame. The road to success was not easy for Lauper, who recently released the blues infused disc, Memphis Blues, in 2010. She struggled with finding her voice and paying her rent during the early 80s. She persevered, however, and in 1983 released her mega-successful debut, She's So Unusual. Nearly thirty years later and Cyndi Lauper isn't going anywhere. Currently on the road, Cyndi Lauper tour dates are scheduled throughout 2011 to promote her latest disc. Don't miss a date on this pop legend's concert schedule; Use Eventful for Cyndi Lauper tour dates and venue information.
Lauper's debut album spawned four top five singles, sold nearly ten million copies worldwide, and earned Lauper the Best New Artist Grammy Award. Cyndi Lauper then embarked on the She's So Unusual Tour, and achieved worldwide acclaim. Her sophomore album, True Colors, was equally formidable and featured the #1 single of the same name. Throughout the '80s and '90s, this eclectic performer embarked on several tours including the True Colors Worldwide Tour, The Wildest Dreams Tour with Tina Turner, and Do You Believe? Tour with Cher. By the end of the decade, Lauper was an accomplished actress as well having won an Emmy for her guest role on the hit TV show - Mad About You.
Lauper continued to tour and record throughout the new millennium, with her sound moving towards electronica and dance. More recently, Lauper entered the world of Blues and released Memphis Blues in 2010. The album was an immediate hit and returned Lauper back to the upper echelons of the Billboard 200, earning her a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album. To promote her latest effort, Cyndi Lauper tour dates have been scheduled nationally at several cozy venues. Stay on top of Cyndi Lauper tour dates and use Eventful as your concert calendar.