By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 16, 2022 at 9:29 AM

Sir Rod Stewart, who needs no introduction, headlines Summerfest on Thursday, July 7, playing the American Family Insurance Amphitheater with Cheap Trick.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. at or in person at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater Box Office, and include admission to Summerfest the day of the show.

There will be presales for the Rod Stewart fan club, details are at, and for Citi cardmembers, with details at

The 38-date tour is Stewart's first in four years. The performance will be Stewart's first since a 2013 gig at the Miller High Life Theatre.

Fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Cheap Trick, have always been linked to Milwaukee, having played here frequently before breaking nationally. The group's first lead singer, Xeno (aka Randall Curtis Hogan), later fronted the Milwaukee bands Bad Boy and Crossfire.

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. says it, "does not intend to implement entrance protocols or a mask requirement for Summerfest 2022, which is scheduled June 23-25, June 30-July 2 and July 7-9.  There are no plans to require proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test. MWF will monitor the situation and continue to work closely with health experts, while following local guidelines."

OK, so who's gonna break the news to Sir Rod that Schlitz is gone?

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.