Stewart Testifies In Canceled Show Suit
Singer Rod Stewart told a Los Angeles jury yesterday (Oct. 27) that he should be paid in full for shows canceled by his associates because promoters paid only a portion of the upfront fees.Singer Rod Stewart told a Los Angeles jury yesterday (Oct. 27) that he should be paid in full for shows canceled by his associates because promoters paid only a portion of the upfront fees. "As far as I'm concerned, a deal is a deal," he said.
A contract called for Stewart to be paid $2.1 million in advance for nine concerts in Central and South America in February 2002, according to the contract. The document was not signed by promoter Howard Pollack, but he said via E-mail that he would sign it.
The terms called for half of the advance to be paid on Jan. 2, 2002, with the other half due the following month. About $780,000 was paid before Stewart's associates in mid-January 2002 canceled the tour.
Stewart and his associates lost confidence in Pollack when he failed to return a signed contract and didn't have the money available, Stewart's attorney Skip Miller said during his opening statement Monday.
Miller argued that Stewart should keep the $780,000 and be compensated for the pay he lost by not touring. The contract included a promise of "guaranteed compensation," Miller said.
Pollack and two other promoters sued Stewart and his associates for canceling the shows and keeping the $780,000. "You shouldn't keep money that doesn't belong to you," the promoters' attorney, Dennis Holahan, told jurors during opening statements.
Since the contract was never signed and Stewart never performed, the money should be returned, Holahan said.
Stewart's attorney filed a cross-complaint against Pollack that seeks full payment for the canceled shows. The cancellation of the shows left a hole in Stewart's itinerary in support of his album "Human," released in February 2001, his lawyer said.
Stewart acknowledged not reading the lawsuit and said he doesn't read the tour contracts drafted by his lawyer. "I'm the singer," he said. "I turn up and sing."
As previously reported, Stewart this week hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for the first time in more than 25 years with his latest J Records album, "Stardust...The Great American Songbook, Vol. 3."
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