Rod Readies 'Songbook' For Road Run

Rod Stewart is gearing up for a 2004 arena tour. The outing will begin Feb. 6 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and will play 44 cities. Billed as From Maggie May to the Great American Songbook, fans can expec

Rod Stewart is gearing up for a 2004 arena tour, Billboard Bulletin reports. The outing will begin Feb. 6 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and will play 44 cities.

Saturday (Dec. 6) will see the first shows go on sale as tickets for concerts in Ft. Lauderdale; Philadelphia; Hershey, Pa.; Chicago; Auburn Hills, Mich.; Boston; and Uncasville, Conn., will be available through Ticketmaster. New York and Toronto shows will go on sale Dec. 8.

The tour is billed as From Maggie May to the Great American Songbook. Fans can expect to find Stewart performing standards from his recent J Records "Great American Songbook" releases, as well as hits from his more than three decade long career.

Stewart's first album for J Records, 2002's "It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook," debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200. Last month, he followed-up with "As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook Vol. II," which debuted at No. 2. The albums have sold 1.9 million and 681,000 copies in the U.S., respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In other news, look for Stewart to perform Dec. 11 on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman."

Here are Stewart's confirmed tour dates:

Feb. 6: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Office Depot Center)
Feb. 10: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
Feb. 11: Greenville, S.C. (Bi-Lo Center)
Feb. 14: Montreal (Gillette Centre)
Feb. 15: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
Feb. 17: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Feb. 18: Hershey, Pa. (Giant Center)
Feb. 20: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
Feb. 21: Auburn Hills, Mich. (The Palace at Auburn Hills)
Feb. 23: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
Feb. 25: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Feb. 29: Boston (FleetCenter)
Mar. 3: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
Mar. 4: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Mar. 6: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun)