Ex-Eurythmic Stewart tours again as "band leader"

Tue Aug 5, 2008 3:03pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dave Stewart was half the musical duo Eurythmics in the 1980s, but when his partnership with singer Annie Lennox faded the British artist found other outlets for his creativity.

The guitarist, singer and music producer released a new album, "The Dave Stewart Songbook, Volume 1" on Tuesday and will tour with a "rock fabulous orchestra" later this month.

"I'm not the new big anything. I've been around for ages, and I've been doing all this stuff behind the scenes, and I want to put it in the spotlight a bit," Stewart told Reuters.

Stewart, 55, sold more than 75 million albums with Eurythmics. He and Lennox disbanded the band in 1990 but reunited for the 1999 album "Peace."

He described his role on "Dave Stewart Songbook" as akin to a big band leader from the 1940s or 1950s, bringing together the work of several artists at one time.

The album showcases songs Stewart co-wrote with Gwen Stefani, Jon Bon Jovi, Sinead O'Connor and Tom Petty. It is being released with a book describing how the songs came about.

Stewart says his collaboration with pop music's top names is born of serendipity.

Take his collaboration with Bon Jovi on "Midnight in Chelsea."   Continued...

<p>Dave Stewart rehearses before the 35th anniversary party for Greenpeace in Hollywood, September 9, 2006. REUTERS/Max Morse</p>