Rod Stewart faces £2m claim over legal fees

Author: By Jonathan Brown

Los Angeles-based Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs and Shapiro has filed the case
with a local court seeking fees on three high profile cases including one
against a Las Vegas hotel casino which saw a US federal jury order the
singer to pay £2m in connection with a cancelled New Year show in 2000 when
he was recovering from cancer treatment.

It also represented Stewart, 64, in a dispute with promoters following a
failed series of concerts in South America in 2004 which on that occasion
resulted in the former Faces front man, whose most famous hits include
Maggie May and Do Ya Think I?m Sexy? being ordered to repay £1.3m.

The firm, which has recently won payouts for the architect Frank Gehry and US
television host Bob Barker, also represented the London-born star in his
battle with the Hollywood studio RKO for alleged trademark infringement for
use of its classic radio mast logo to promote his huge-selling Great
American Songbook album.

A spokeswoman for Stewart, whose personal fortune is estimated at £100m, was
unable to comment on the pending action yesterday. However news of the law
suit came as his former band The Faces hinted they were prepared to go on
the road for a reunion tour next year without their most famous member and
even replace pop?s most celebrated male blonde with its best known red head
? Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall.

Stewart?s career has been resurgent of late after his reinvention as a crooner
of classic hits. With more than 100m albums sold, he is due to tour with his
latest release Soulbook in the new year. He failed to join his former band
mates at their recent Royal Albert Hall charity performance in which they
teamed up with Hucknall and Paul Carrack from Squeeze as well as former
Rolling Stone Bill Wyman who sat in on bass for the late Ronnie Lane who
died in 1997.

Guitarist Ronnie Wood is backing the reunion. Last week he finalised his
divorce from his wife Jo after admitting infidelity. But Faces keyboardist
Ian McLagan said time was not on the band?s side. ?If we don?t do it very
soon, one of us is gonna check out. We?ve been waiting and waiting for Rod
to say yes; now he?s finally said no. He?s busy doing other shit. So we?re
gonna do it,? he said. Hucknall is the most likely to take the place of
Stewart should the position be made available, McLagan indicated. It is
expected that former Sex Pistol Glenn Matlock would replace Wyman on the

Stewart continues to defy the effects of time. He recently put on a bravura
performance when he accompanied his wife Penny Lancaster during a recording
of Strictly Come Dancing last month. The father of seven including a
four-year-old boy, is said to be in tip top shape and still plays football
five times a week.

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