Rod Stewart is looking to shake things up. The 77-year-old rocker told The Daily Record: “Next year will be the end of my rock n’ roll touring. I want to do something different. It feels like an end of an era. All things must come to an end. I’m not retiring and I still love singing, I just want to do something new. I might do a few folk clubs playing guitar. Just be different.”
Stewart who has recently reunited with surviving Faces bandmates Ron Wood and Kenney Jones for an upcoming project, explained, “I don’t want to do the big tours anymore, especially in America. It takes me away from my kids for so long. It used to be okay because it was fun and games. It is still fun and games but I miss my kids so much.”
He went on to say, “I’m not retiring — I just want to move on. I’ve made a brilliant swing album with Jools Holland and love the success of the American Songbook series I’ve done. I’m yearning to do more of that kind of music. These last shows will be quite the party and after that I won’t be performing songs like ‘Maggie May’ or ‘Hot Legs’. I don’t want to be singing ‘Hot Legs’ when I’m 80.”
A while back, Rod Stewart explained to us that he’s never once considered giving up singing for a living: “You never outgrow hits, I mean, it’s always a big thrill to ya. I’m a committed musician. I love it. I love makin’ music, I really love gettin’ up and singin’ for people. I see the smiling faces and you go home and you think you’ve sent them all home happy.”
Rod Stewart kicks off a 12-date UK arena tour on November 16th in Nottingham, England at Motorpoint Arena.