More than 50 years into his career, Rod Stewart shows no sign of slowing down.
When he’s not on tour, he’s busy at home chasing his two young sons, Aiden and Alastair, around the yard. And on Sept 28, he will release his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses.
That hair is just amazing. How do you keep it up?
It’s pretty good, isn’t it? I don’t know. I think I’ve just been lucky, you know, with the hair. It gets a lot of manipulation, you know, because I always have to keep it (up).
When I’m doing a show, I have to go and dry it. … I cut it every two weeks. No, but other than that I just think I’m lucky.
You move pretty well onstage for a guy in his 70s …
Soccer has always been a passion of mine. You know, I played it, read about it, watched it all my life, and I still play a little bit. And I do work out a lot, I must admit. And that keeps me fit for onstage.
How long can I go on? That’s the million-dollar question. You know, I enjoy it. I get excited about it, and as long as that exists, I think I can carry on for another three weeks (laughs).
Your two sons were onstage with you at your Madison Square Garden show recently. Do you always take them on the road?
They don’t come on the stage every night. Only when they’re on tour (with me in the summer). And they pester me. The older one is getting a bit too old for it now. But the young one loves it.
But having younger kids – I’ve got eight kids all together – certainly does keep you on your toes, and they, especially the youngest one, he’s just so cute.
He amuses me all day long. It makes me smile. And that’s longevity in itself, I think being able to smile all day.
You’ve always been a fan of the ladies, do you consider yourself a …
Sex symbol? Now I hate that word. … I never purposely went out to attract the opposite sex. I mean, it just comes with the music, you know, the music is very sensuous and vibrant.
So, if I do something suggestive onstage it’s merely by accident.
Do you ever look back and go, “Wow, what a career?”
Every day. Every day. I never take it for granted. I really don’t. You know, it’s just the best job in the world.
I know that’s an old cliche, but it really is. (President Donald) Trump thinks he’s got a good job. I’ve really got a great job. — AP