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Allen feels Rod album theft guilt

Singer-songwriter Jon Allen has offered to pay Rod Stewart back after feeling guilty for years over the theft of an album when he was a skint teenager.

The musician - whose latest release Deep River has been Radio 2's album of the week - swiped a copy of a £6.99 compilation cassette by Stewart and his old band The Faces in 1990 from Woolworths.

Folk-rock artist Allen said: "I didn't have the money so I nicked it. But now that I've sold a few records of my own and have a few quid I'd really like to finally pay Rod for that cassette.

"Also, I'd like to apologise to Woolworths for helping to put them out of business."

The singer, 37, said Stewart was a major inspiration when he was growing up: "The first Rod Stewart album I owned was on vinyl, bought at a local flea market for 20p. I played it to death, so when I spotted a Rod & The Faces compilation called Amazing Grace when I was in Woolworths a few months later I had to have it - but I was broke.

"I've felt guilty about stealing it ever since, but you've got to remember this was in the era before YouTube and Spotify. Access to good music wasn't always so easy back then."

Allen said he hopes Stewart will come to see him live when tours the UK in October and November to claim his money back.

"I'd love Rod to see one of my shows. I've added him to my guest list for the entire tour, just in case he ever shows up. His money will be ready and waiting for him," added Allen.

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