Veteran rocker Rod Stewart is so determined not to miss the birth of his child with fiancee Penny Lancaster, he has arranged for a helicopter to be on standby at a gig.

The 60-year-old MAGGIE MAY singer is performing in Newcastle, England, on 7 December (05) and is concerned the concert is the same week Lancaster is due to give birth.

So Stewart has organised for a chopper to fly him to London should Lancaster go into labour mid-concert.

Lancaster says, "Rod has made arrangements to cut the show short if needs be."