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Due to the huge demand for the previously announced shows, Rod announced an extra three winter arena dates to supplement the outdoor stadium and indoor arena dates already performed in support of the release of his 30th studio album Blood Red Roses which debuted at number 1.
Rod’s 2019 shows were filled with both classics and new hits in his dazzling signature style. As one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide, his performance included show stopping classics from his glittering career as well as new album Blood Red Roses – a deeply personal 13-track collection of originals and three covers.
A few days ago Rod had been forced to pull out of singing at The Royal Variety Performance just a few hours before the show, due to a throat infection. The singer shared the news in a lengthy statement on Instagram, admitting that he was “devastated” that he wouldn’t be able to be there. He wrote: “Due to a throat infection and on strict doctor’s orders I’m absolutely devastated to say I’m unable to perform at The Royal Variety Performance tonight, an amazing show which I love being part of. It’s going to be a great evening with some fantastic talent and I’m very disappointed that I can’t be there to give my support. Varitey4Charity.”
Last night in Manchester, the singer was back on great form putting on a spectacular show. Full gallery from Sakura below.
Rod has been supported on this tour by Johnny Mac and The Faithful