An ‘absolutely devastated’ Rod Stewart pays tribute to the late Steve Harley

Mar 22, 2024
Rod Stewart's tribute, alongside an outpouring of condolences from Harley's adoring fans flooding the band's official platforms, underscores the profound impact of Harley's musical journey. Source: Getty Images.

In a poignant expression of grief and admiration, music legend Rod Stewart has paid tribute to the late Steve Harley, expressing his devastation over the passing of the influential rock musician.

Stewart’s sentiments echo those of countless fans worldwide as they mourn the loss of a beloved artist whose impact on the music industry will resonate for generations to come.

“Absolutely devastated, words fail me,” Stewart conveyed in a statement obtained by the PA news agency.

“The Cockney Rebel has left us.

“Loved you and admired you Steve and always will. Sir Rod Stewart.”

Harley lent his songwriting expertise to several tracks for Stewart, with the Maggie May hitmaker even covering Harley’s poignant tune, A Friend For Life, prominently featured on his acclaimed 2015 studio album, Another Country.

Harley, a luminary in the world of rock music, peacefully departed from this world on March 17, surrounded by his loved ones.

At the age of 73, Harley leaves behind a legacy that has deeply impacted generations of music enthusiasts. Renowned for hits like Make Me Smile, Harley’s contributions to the glam rock movement of the 70s are etched into the annals of music history.

Harley’s daughter, Greta, shared the poignant news of her father’s passing, expressing the family’s devastation.

“We are devastated to announce that our wonderful husband and father has passed away peacefully at home, with his family by his side,” she said.

“The birdsong from his woodland that he loved so much was singing for him, and his home has been filled with the sounds and laughter of his four grandchildren.

“Stephen, Steve, Dad, Grandar, Steve Harley – whoever you know him as, his heart exuded only core elements. Passion, kindness, generosity, and much more, in abundance.

“Steve took enormous comfort from all of his fans’ well wishes during his battle, and would want to thank you all deeply for your love and support throughout his career.

“We know he will be desperately missed by people all over the world, and we ask that you respectfully allow us privacy to grieve.”

Stewart’s tribute, alongside an outpouring of condolences from Harley’s adoring fans flooding social media platforms, underscores the profound impact of Harley’s musical journey. Reflecting on Harley’s unconventional path to stardom, from trainee accountant to esteemed musician, it becomes evident that his influence transcends mere notes and melodies.

Harley’s musical journey with Cockney Rebel, from the debut album The Human Menagerie to the chart-topping success of Make Me Smile, is a testament to his artistic vision and enduring legacy. Despite initial setbacks, Harley’s resilience and creativity propelled him to the forefront of the music scene, leaving a lasting mark on the world of rock.

As the music community mourns the loss of Harley, his spirit lives on through the timeless melodies and heartfelt lyrics that continue to resonate with fans worldwide.

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