Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 5 May 2015

Why Stewart nearly missed huge gig

Rod Stewart who has confessed that he almost missed the biggest gig in the world
Rod Stewart who has confessed that he almost missed the biggest gig in the world

Rod Stewart has confessed he almost missed the biggest gig in the world - after he was struck with a dose of the runs.

The singer was in danger of swapping Sailing for soiling when just hours before playing to 3.5 million people he developed uncontrollable diarrhoea.

The star said he had eaten a dodgy meal hours earlier but was given a jab by a doctor which he said managed to "clear" him out before he performed the show.

He had been in danger of pulling the show - which holds the world record as the largest ever gig - when he found he was putting the gas into Gasoline Alley.

But writing about the incident for the first time in Rod: The Autobiography, he says he remembers barely anything of the enormous concert on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil due to the treatment.

Stewart, 67, said: "A doctor gave me a shot. But it seemed to clear everything out and it gave me enough energy to do the show."

Stewart said he remembers "very little" about performing to so many people at the 1994 concert because he felt "so groggy".

"But at least I didn't cancel" he added.

The book was published earlier this month by Century.

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Taurus:

Impulsive purchases will put you in a difficult financial position. It's important to exercise economic restraint. If you strongly desire to buy something, wait an entire day. The urge to splash out will probably diminish, saving you a significant sum. Money from an inheritance, dividend or royalty payment should be conserved. Having a nest egg will give you a greater measure of freedom. Independence is the best gift you can give yourself. Materialism won't bring you the happiness you seek.More