Published On: Thu, Oct 24th, 2019

Rod Stewart speaks out on retirement after opening up on cancer diagnosis | Music | Entertainment

Rod Stewart insisted he had no plans to slow down any time soon during an interview on BBC Radio 2 with Ken Bruce this morning.

In the midst of a discussion about his upcoming tour and new album, Bruce asked the Maggie May singer: “There’s no sign of slowing up, stopping, anything at all?”

“Don’t you mention that word ‘retirement’!” Stewart exclaimed, chuckling.

“I tried to avoid the R word…” Bruce admitted.

“Too many kids,” the singer replied, laughing.

“I’ve got a wonderful life,” he added.

Speaking about his performances at Caesar’s Palace, Stewart continued: “I’ve been doing it now for seven years and I thoroughly enjoy it.

“It’s so intimate, there’s not a bad seat in the house. The sound’s amazing and it’s wonderful. I want to keep paling there forever.

“I get lots of Celtic fans in the front with their shirts on,” the football fan added.

Next month, the star is set to release his new album, You’re In My Heart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“It wasn’t my idea, it was the record company’s idea,” he said of the orchestral album.

“I was sort of dead against it, I [could’t] imagine Stay With Me but with strings… but it actually worked. 

“It emphasises the tender points of the ballads. I don’t know any other way to put it but it works,” he added.

The album features a number of Stewart’s biggest hits plus two new tracks, including a duet with Robbie Williams, It Takes Two.

“We’re gonna have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra three nights at the O2 in the build up to Christmas,” he revealed during the interview. “It’s going to be very jolly.

Stewart is also touring the rest of the UK starting next month.

Rod Stewart recently opened up on his cancer diagnosis, revealing he was diagnosed with prostate cancer during a routine check-up in 2017.

In an interview with The Mirror, he said: “No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody.

“I’m in the clear, ow, simply because I caught it early.”

The rocker said he continued to need tests to ensure he was well and urged men to get checked.

“Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor,” he said, quipping: “Finger up the bum, no harm done.”

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