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Michael Bublé, Mary J. Blige and Cee-Lo Green guest star in Rod Stewart's first holiday special

Written by witf | Nov 23, 2012 6:49 AM

Grammy Award®-winning, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Rod Stewart hosts his first holiday special, Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby, on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances airing on witf on November 30 at 8:30 p.m., December 1 at 12:30 p.m., December 3 at 1 p.m., December 6 at 8 p.m., and December 7 at 1 a.m.

“I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas special,” Rod Stewart remarked. “And this was truly worth the wait because what we were able to accomplish is just beyond my wildest dreams.”

Stewart’s concert special was taped in September at the lush Villa de Leon, a private residence overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pacific Palisades, CA, near the famous Getty Villa, for which it is sometimes mistaken. It captures Stewart as he performs a collection of some of the most beloved holiday standards and traditional songs from his soon-to-be-released album also titled Merry Christmas, Baby.

Throughout the special, Stewart is joined by an incredible array of superstar artists, including Michael Bublé on “Winter Wonderland.” He is united with Mary J. Blige on “We Three Kings” and Cee-Lo Green on the title tune “Merry Christmas, Baby” featuring New Orleans’ favorite son, Trombone Shorty. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” is a mesmerizing “virtual” duet with Ella Fitzgerald featuring Chris Botti. Among the other holiday favorites are “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Silent Night” and “Auld Lang Syne.”

Stewart’s PBS concert special and album also feature a new, original track, “Red-Suited Super Man,” that’s destined to be a holiday classic and was composed by Rod Stewart, David Foster and Amy Foster.

During the show, we'll be offering special Rod Stewart themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your gift of $75, you'll receive the Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby CD. For your gift of $100, you'll receive the Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby DVD. For your gift of $150, you'll receive both the CD and DVD.

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