Rod Stewart is to play the first concert in a new entertainment venue.
The 68-year-old star returned to the top of the charts for the first time in 34 years on Sunday with his new album Time and he will finish a UK tour with a performance at the Hydro in Glasgow on September 30.
Newspaper reports at the weekend suggested the 12,000-seat arena was months behind schedule due to a legal dispute between the SECC, who will run the venue, and the contractor Lend Lease.
The SECC denied the claims and announced Stewart will play the first gig at the venue, which is sponsored by Scottish Hydro.
The singer said: “I have been looking forward to this as I’ve watched the Hydro take shape 2013 is a momentous year for me. I cannot wait to get back to Scotland and perform in front of a live audience at this spectacular venue.”
Time features 12 new songs, 11 of which he wrote himself.
A spokeswoman for Scottish Hydro said Stewart was the “perfect opening act” for the £125 million venue, which will also host some Commonwealth Games events next year.
The SECC wants it to become part of the top five busiest indoor music arenas in the world alongside the likes of Madison Square Garden in New York and the O2 in London.