"Devastated" Rod Stewart skips Rock Hall ceremony

LOS ANGELES Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:47pm EDT

Singer Rod Stewart accepts the Founders Award at the 28th annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, California April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Singer Rod Stewart accepts the Founders Award at the 28th annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, California April 27, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rod Stewart, who gained rock 'n' roll fame with the band Faces before going on to solo superstardom, said on Friday he will miss his old group's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend as he battles the flu.

"I'm absolutely devastated," Stewart said. "Shattered that I'm going to miss my second induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - and this time alongside my mates."

In a joint statement with Stewart, Hall of Fame organizers said Faces will still play a short set at Saturday's ceremony with Simply Red's Mick Hucknall replacing Stewart on vocals for the band that in the 1970s scored hits such as "Stay With Me."

The other four members of Faces included Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan.

Stewart becomes the second major star to bow out of this year's Rock Hall induction ceremony. Earlier this week, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose declined his invitation to be inducted with his old band mates with whom he had long feuded.

Others being inducted into the Cleveland, Ohio-based institution include members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys, as well as singer-songwriter Donovan.

Stewart, 67, had already seen his life and career enshrined in the Rock Hall as a solo artist in 1994.

(Reporting By Bob Tourtellotte)

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Comments (3)
dibeanie wrote:
That’s too bad. Feel better, Rod.

Apr 13, 2012 10:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AnandaMayi wrote:
Wishing you a speedy recovery mate.

Apr 14, 2012 12:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chrisfrance wrote:
Pity the widows of both Steve Marriott (Small Faces) and Ronnie Lane (The Faces) were not invited to the event and only found out about it the day before

Apr 15, 2012 3:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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