Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Rod Stewart's habit of keeping money for gigs he never plays has got him into trouble again - he's just lost his latest legal battle and been ordered to return a two million dollar advance. And interest.

Rod had said he should keep the money because - although he never turned up to play the Rio Hotel Casino due to throat surgery - he had offered to come and do some songs at some point later.

The jury foreman Stevan Jorgensen approached the case with something unusual to the music industry: a sense of fairplay:

"We felt it was only fair," he said, "that if Mr. Stewart didn't perform the concert that he should give the money back."

Rod intends to appeal. Presumably in the hope of getting an unfair verdict instead.