At 63, Rod Stewart not ready to slow down

Wed May 7, 2008 5:03pm EDT
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By Bob Burgdorfer

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hall of Fame rocker Rod Stewart is 63 years old, but nowhere near retirement as he considers a wish list of future projects that include a movie, an R&B album, and maybe even a fling with country and western music.

"I'd love to make a movie, just for posterity," Stewart told Reuters ahead of an upcoming 18-city North American tour.

But so far a film project, such as Martin Scorsese's recent Rolling Stones' documentary "Shine a Light," is not in the works simply because, Stewart said, he hasn't been asked.

Stewart's career stretches back to 1964 and includes a Grammy award, the U.S. music industry's highest honor, as well as his 1994 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has sold millions of records with hits such as "Maggie May," "Tonight's the Night," and "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"

Like the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and some other rockers of the 1960s and 1970s, Stewart has successfully moved his career into the new century.

His North American tour, which begins in California in July, is his first through the United States in two years and will take him around the United States and into Canada.

If he had his way, Stewart said he would continue performing until he is 70. "I do love it," he said. "I actually enjoy this job that I do. I probably would miss it."

But age and family -- he has six children ages 2-1/2 to 27 and a wife, Penny -- do take time from his schedule, and Stewart said that unlike other performers who go on the road for months at a time, he is more inclined to perform for a few weeks, return home for a month, then hit the road again.   Continued...

<p>Rod Stewart performs at the 4th annual Plymouth Jazz Festival April 27, 2008. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva</p>