Super Rod Stewart fan auctions off star’s jersey
A super fan of ROD Stewart who has seen the star perform live 40 times and even invited him to his wedding is auctioning off a shirt belonging to the singer.
Kevin Freeth, 54, has decided to auction off a black and white shirt covered in love hearts once owned and worn by the rocker, and it could fetch hundreds of pounds when it goes under the hammer at Hansons Auctioners.
Retired couple Kevin and his wife Helen, 63, of Bewdley, have been longtime fans of Rod Stewart, so much so that their entire marriage has revolved around him.
Mr Freeth said: “We got married in Vegas in 2014 and our wedding night consisted of watching Rod perform live at Caesars Palace with 40 other fans. They flew with us from the UK.
“We got married in the chapel at the Treasure Island hotel thanks to Rod Stewart lookalike Vic Vega. He sang a few songs at the ceremony. I actually invited the real Rod to the wedding but he didn’t didn’t come. It was still a brilliant day.
“I think he saw us in the crowd at the concert at Caesars Palace because I was wearing a bright green wedding suit and tried to get on stage with him. I didn’t make it.
“Helen and I have met Rod a few times over the years. We are members of a Rod Stewart fan club and got together at a club event. I bought the shirt at a sale at the club’s charity auction. Fans get together on big weekends and Rod’s sister, Mary, arrives. Apparently, she walks into her brother’s wardrobe and chooses items to auction off for a good cause. .
“I bought the cotton Burberry Rod shirt before lockdown in 2019. I’ve worn it about four times – only on special occasions. I’m only parting with it now because I have three Rod shirts, including one that Helen bid on at a fan club auction in March.
“The last one is signed by Rod and it’s covered in playing cards that remind us of our wedding in Vegas. I guess it’s a romantic buy. I don’t really need three shirts so I decided to m separate from it.
“It’s a lot of fun and we’ve made a lot of friends through the fan club. I can’t say why I love Rod Stewart so much. My dad was a big fan. All you heard in the house when I was growing up was the Faces, his old band.
“I hope whoever buys this shirt enjoys owning it as much as I do.”
Claire Howell, music consultant at Hansons Auctioneers, said: “That’s why music memorabilia is so important to people. It draws on good memories and nostalgia. Rod Stewart played a major role in Kevin and Helen’s lives. He helped them meet each other, inspired their wedding plans and allowed them to make new friends through the fan club.
“The shirt itself is a fine quality item, as you’d expect from a megastar. It’s a piece of Rod Stewart magic that’s both affordable and fun.
The Rod Stewart shirt, Lot 45, estimated at £400-500, will be offered at Hansons Auctioneers music auction on June 15.