Rod Stewart helping Ronnie Wood

Rod Stewart has vowed to help Ronnie Wood fight his alcoholism.

The pair are due to reform their 70s band The Faces for a series of shows later this year and Rod is determined to ensure Ronnie – who is currently in rehab following drinking binge with 20-year-old Russian waitress Ekaterina Ivanova – is well enough to perform.

A source said: “Rod says that if Ronnie’s not back to full speed by September, he’s going to step in and get him better. I think he wants to offer him a haven away from his mad world.

“What’s happened to Ronnie was totally unexpected. He was firing on all cylinders about doing the concerts. Rod has said he’s still sure the shows will happen with Ronnie.”

Ronnie – along with keyboardist Ian McLagen and drummer Kenney Jones, original bassist Ronnie Lane died in 1997 – agreed to the performances last month and is due to start rehearsing in October.

The source added to the Daily Express newspaper: “Whenever Rod puts his mind to something, he does it. He’s good friends with Ronnie, as well as being former bandmates, and he will do all he can for him. As far as the shows go, it’s full steam ahead – and Ronnie will be there.”