Ladies & gentlemen, Rod Stewart has been knighted. This despite the fact, Stewart maintains, that at his first record company meeting, “They didn’t like me clothes, me nose, or me hair.”Upon the announcement, Sir Rod said: “I’ve led a wonderful life and have had a tremendous career thanks to the generous support of the great British public. This monumental honour has topped it off and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I thank Her Majesty and promise to ‘wear it well’.“ This week Sir Rod wraps up shows in the UK and Ireland, then on to Zurich, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Lisbon, and Girona Spain. In August, Rod Stewart performs nine nights at Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas.
When the Jeff Beck Group made their American debut at New York City’s Fillmore East, no one in the audience watching the young lead singer Rod Stewart hide behind the backline amps due to major stage fright could have imagined that the raspy-throated rooster-haired Englishman would become an international star just three years later with his third solo album, 1971’s Every Picture Tells a Story . During my actual interview, we were interrupted by the delivery of a new shiny black Corvette convertible for Rod, and he admitted that it was the first American-made car that he ever owned (after the interview concluded, I gave the car dealer a ride back to his Beverly Hills office ). If you listen carefully, at times you can hear Rod’s then-adolescent blonde-haired daughter Kimberly watching television in an adjacent room while her dad charmed me for hours at his storytelling best, marking the 45th anniversary of this album ranked at #171 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “Top 500 Albums of All Time”. And don’t miss the truly touching Fathers Day tribute Rod has at the end for his late father, as well as his eight children of his own.- Redbeard