Sir Rod Stewart has stated to BBC Breakfast that he intends to ‘leave rock’n’ roll behind’ and pursue a new path with swing music, at least for the time being. Stewart explained his choice to take a step back as follows: “I’m truly coming to a halt. I’m not retiring, but I’d like to progress to… I had a lot of success with ‘The Great American Songbook,’ and I just finished a swing record with Jools Holland that will be released next year, so I want to keep moving in that direction.” Stewart revealed that his upcoming record with Holland will mark the beginning of something new for him, saying:
“So I just want to leave all the rock and roll stuff behind, if only for a little while… Everything needs to come to an end at some point. I’m looking forward to trying something different, especially singing with Jools’ band; it’s bordering on rock n’ roll anyway, but not ‘Maggie May’ and ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?'”
The rocker’s decision to move away from legendary hits like ‘Hot Legs’ and ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ and toward swing music isn’t surprising given that he told The Telegraph last October that he couldn’t sing those words forever, saying: “I have to move on; I don’t want to be singing ‘Hot Legs’ at the age of 84.” “I said that in my 30s, around my 60s, and I’m still singing it.” Sir Rod’s UK summer tour takes off on 24 June at Home Park Stadium in Plymouth as part of his ‘Global Hits Tour’ with Boy George and the Culture Club, so there’s still time before he switches genres from rock to swing. The BBC Breakfast video is embedded below.