Cleveland.com and Live Nation teamed up to give Rod Stewart fans a chance to win a pair of tickets to his July 20 show at Quicken Loans Arena via a new online feature called, "Ask the Artist." Fans submitted questions for Stewart via cleveland.com/artist. Cleveland.com selected a grand-prize winner and four runners-up and posed those questions were posed to Rod for answers.
The grand-prize winner -- Mary Terrell -- received 2 tickets to the show, and a Meet & Greet with Rod Stewart. The runners-up received two tickets to the show.
Here are the questions and Rod Stewart's answers:
Grand prize winner:
Q: Hello Rod! Your kids are such a variety of ages! What's the best part about being a dad for you, and what has been the most challenging, and any advice for parents today knowing what you know now? Thanks very much and can't wait to meet you. I gave you a Glasgow Celtic scarf during the Do You Think I'm Sexy show on my birthday while you were performing but alas, we have not met yet! The time is now! -- Mary Terrell
A: Easily the best part about being a Dad is watching my children grow. And it gets even better now that I am grandfather. My heart swells watching my daughter, Kimberly, sharing in that joy as a mother with her daughter, Delilah.
Q: Rod, My friend and I are looking to start a band. We're both in our early twenties and idolize the great rock stars of the 60's and 70's. We always joke and say we want to be the next Mick and Keith or the next Rod and Ronnie. He'll pull out all the licks on his guitar while I blow the harp on the mic and try to sing with as much soul as Sam Cooke. My question for you is what would be the best advice you could give to two young guys who want to start playing music and make a difference in people's lives with it? Thank you and I hope you enjoy your time in Cleveland. Thank you for coming to town! -- Justin
A: You've got to have the passion. It has to be in your soul. You have to know that this is what you were put on Earth to do. I hope that my audience can tell that I absolutely love what I do.
Q: Rod, I've always been a fan of your work either solo or with other players(Faces, Jeff Beck). That said, I recently met Ron Woods, who has also had a varied career. From what I know, the English rock scene has always been a tight circle where everyone seems to know everyone else in some way. I'm curious how you and Ron know each other, more specifically how did you two guys meet, did you know of each other before playing in the Faces or the Jeff Beck group? Thanks Rod. Looking forward to the show. -- Terry Reagan
A: Woody is like a brother to me. My autobiography, appropriately titled "Rod" is being published in late October. In the book, I explain in great detail how Woody & I meet and the relationship we've maintained over the years.
Q: Mr. Rod Stewart, I remember as a child hearing your songs being sung at the football matches back home in England. I was wondering if you are still an avid footballer and which teams you are supporting these days. Go Arsenal. -- Jason Thomas
A: Hail hail. I try to get to as many home games as I can. While on tour, I find local pubs that will air the games and have been known to wake up at dawn to watch them. Men and sport can be silly - I am totally gutted if Celtic loses. Elated at their wins. Mon the hoops!
Q: You are now 67. Your music career has been going on now alittle over 50 years. If back in 1962 when you were playing with The Ray Davies Quartet (known now as The Kinks). Did you think you would still be singing and touring? -- David Sabolsky
A: Never. And I am thankful every day that I am.
Reproduced with thanks to John Soeder, The Plain Dealer
photo by Jim pietryga