Exclusive GRAMMY.com Interview With Rod Stewart
GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Rod Stewart recently participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, discussing his biggest career moments, his return to songwriting on his latest album, Time, and his biggest fashion regret, among other topics.
"When people say, 'Oh my God, what were you thinking of when you were wearing that?' I go, 'What were you wearing 40 years ago?'" said Stewart. "But there's one turnout that was really strange. … [I wore] yellow satin trousers, a blue tank top and a red fur boa tied around my waist, and little white shoes. That's the only regret I've got. Otherwise I stand by all my collection of clothes."
Hailing from London, Stewart began turning heads with his unique style and inimitable vocals in the '60s as a member of groups such as Jimmy Powell And The 5 Dimensions, the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces. In 1969 Stewart embarked on a solo career, releasing his debut album, The Rod Stewart Album.
Stewart has emerged as one of the best-selling artists of all time, releasing a string of hits, including chart-topping albums such as 1971's Every Picture Tells A Story and 1979's Blondes Have More Fun, which earned Stewart his first career GRAMMY nominations, including a nod for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male for the No. 1 hit "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" In 2004 Stewart garnered his first GRAMMY win to date for his chart-topping album Stardust...The Great American Songbook Volume III, which earned Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album honors at the 47th GRAMMY Awards. In 2012 Stewart published Rod: The Autobiography, a memoir chronicling his extraordinary career in music.
Released in May, Time reached No. 7 on the Billboard 200, marking Stewart's 14th studio album to reach the Top 10. Stewart co-produced the project and co-wrote all but one of the album's 12 tracks, including "She Makes Me Happy" and "It's Over." According to Stewart, Time marks the first time he's "written songs in about 15 years."
Stewart will launch his international Live the Life tour on Sept. 12 in Hamburg, Germany, with dates scheduled through December.