Rod Stewart says he's retiring from "rock n roll touring" next year

24 October 2022, 12:43

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By Mayer Nissim

Sir Rod Stewart isn't hanging up his mic any time soon, but he'll be changing how he performs.

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Rod Stewart has recently said that he isn't even thinking about retiring from live performance.

Unlike the likes of Paul Simon and Elton John, the 77-year-old says he wants to keep on playing, but he's now said that he'll give up what he calls "rock 'n' roll touring".

"Next year will be the end of my rock ‘n’ roll touring," Sir Rod told the Daily Record.

"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."

Rod Stewart performing in Nashville
Rod Stewart performing in Nashville. Picture: Getty Images

He added: "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."

As well as continuing to work in the studio and play live, Rod has also found the time to reunite Faces to record their first new music in four decades.

Sir Rod Stewart promotes UK 2022 tour

Rod explained: "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."

If you want to see Sir Rod on what may be his final traditional rock tour, then your last chance may be to buy tickets for his UK dates this November and December.

Rod Stewart at the Royal Albert Hall
Rod Stewart at the Royal Albert Hall. Picture: Getty Images

Rod Stewart is taking his recent studio album The Tears of Hercules and his greatest hits on the road this winter, playing the following dates:

  • November 16 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
  • November 22 – London, The O2
  • November 29 – Glasgow, Ovo Hydro
  • December 6 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
  • December 9 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
  • December 13 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
  • December 14 – Manchester, AO Arena
  • December 17 – Newcastle, Utilita Arena