Rod Stewart was among the few major British artists that didn’t make an appearance at the legendary Live Aid concert in 1985. Turns out, however, he was supposed to be on the bill.

Stewart said in a new interview with the BBC, “We actually were supposed to do it, but a few guys in the band told me that our ex-manager turned it down because I wasn’t getting the right news coverage. He only wanted me to do it if I got on the CBS news at 10 o’clock. He said, ‘If not, he’s not doing it.'”

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Stewart added, “And that’s not what it was all about. It was to raise money for kids. It wasn’t about what news channel you were going to be on in America. I only just found this out. I only just found this out.”

Stewart is currently gearing up for a busy 2022 that will be full of tour dates in North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and a Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For a complete list of upcoming tour dates and ticket details, head over to

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