At 73, Rod Stewart is still considered controversial … at least in his native England.
With tomorrow’s (Friday) release of his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses, he is set to perform an acoustic set on the BBC, but not without being censored.
Speaking to Billboard, Stewart says, “I asked if I could do ‘The Killing of Georgie,’ which is about a homosexual friend of The Faces who was murdered in the '70s. I thought it would be OK now because they banned it when it first came out … they said no, it was too controversial. This was 1976 and now we’re in 2018… Unbelievable.
“Also, they won’t let me sing [my new song] ‘Grace’ because of its Irish, anti-English overtones in the song. Forget about it, it’s one of the greatest love songs ever written. The guy goes to his death 15 minutes the next morning after he’s been married and I can’t sing that one either.”
Blood Red Roses was recorded in hotel rooms while on tour.
“I was so tired of spending month after month in a dark studio and never seeing the sun. The way we do it now is all on laptops… It’s just lovely. I see the daylight while I’m working… No studio time at all.”
And, unlike his peers such as good friend Elton John, Paul Simon, Bob Seger and KISS, Stewart has no plans to hang it up. As a matter of fact, he is already working on his next album.
“It will be totally different from the last three,” he says. “I’ve done rock and roll for so long. I love it, but it’s time to break away. It’s not a jazz album, it’s not a country album, it’s not a blues album…”
Stewart is back on tour in the U.S. starting October 14thr in St. Paul, Minnesota.