Rod Stewart, who had said in a BBC Breakfast interview earlier this month that he was leaving “the rock ‘n’ roll stuff behind, for a while,” took to social media last week to clarify his comments.
In the BBC interview, Stewart stated that he is working on a “swing album with Jools Holland” that will arrive sometime in 2024. His remarks saying, “Everything has to come to an end sooner or later,” triggered retirement rumors.
“I’d like to clear up any confusion that I may have caused with my dear fans and the media. I shall never retire!” Stewart wrote on Instagram, putting any retirement rumors to rest. “I was put on this earth to be a singer and will keep doing so for as long as the good Lord lets me.”
Stewart confirmed that he will still be performing all of his legendary hits “as advertised for the U.K., U.S., South America, and Vegas and into 2024, but no retirement as such.”
About trying genres that he had mentioned earlier, Stewart clarifed, “During recent interviews, I’ve mentioned my newest passion is big band/swing music. When we wrap this greatest hits tour, it’s something I’m very eager to share with you.”
However, the legendary musician said that he could never turn his back on the songs that he has written and sung over the last six decades.
“They are like my children. I created them and I love them,” he continued. “I’ll always come back to them, just like I did after The Great American Songbook series, which I shall boastfully add, sold 26 million albums!”
Stewart concluded, “I look forward to seeing you on the road with all the hits, and I can’t wait to introduce you to my new swing album next year.”
(Photo: Joe Bielawa)
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