After releasing his album “Blood Red Roses,” Rod Stewart is set to perform at the Sprint Center on Oct. 16

Rod Stewart, coming to KC, talks about his longevity, new music and that hair

More than 50 years into his career, Rod Stewart shows no sign of slowing down.

When he’s not on tour he’s busy at home chasing his two young sons, Aiden and Alastair, around the yard. Last month he released his 30th studio album, “Blood Red Roses.”

While known for writing sultry songs – from “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” to “You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” – Stewart’s also not afraid to tackle social issues. In 1976, he broke new ground with “The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II),” about his friend who was killed because of his sexual identity.

Stewart dismisses the idea of being courageous writing the first mainstream pop song to deal with gay bashing.

“It was a true story and it’s much easier to write about the truth,” Stewart said.

The 73-year old crooner gets serious again with his new album’s first single, “Didn’t I,” which deals with teenage substance abuse from the parent’s perspective.

He had to cancel his August Kansas Cityshow at the last minute because of strep throat. The rescheduled concert is set for Tuesday at the Sprint Center.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the Grammy-winning singer discussed his longevity in the music business, what he thinks of the #MeToo movement and maintaining his signature hairstyle.

Q: That hair is just amazing. How do you keep it up?

A: It’s pretty good, isn’t it? I don’t know. I think I’ve just been lucky, you know, with the hair. It gets a lot of manipulation, you know, because I always have to keep it (up). When I’m doing a show, I have to go and dry it. … I cut it every two weeks. No, but other than that I just think I’m lucky.

You move pretty well onstage for a guy in his 70s …

Soccer has always been a passion of mine. You know, I played it, read about it, watched it all my life, and I still play a little bit. And I do work out a lot, I must admit. And that keeps me fit for onstage. How long can I go on? That’s the million-dollar question. You know, I enjoy it. I get excited about it, and as long as that exists, I think I can carry on for another three weeks (laughs).

Your two sons were onstage with you at your Madison Square Garden show (in August). Do you always take them on the road?

They don’t come on the stage every night. Only when they’re on tour (with me in the summer). And they pester me. The older one is getting a bit too old for it now. But the young one loves it. You know, he loves it. But having younger kids, I’ve got eight kids all together, certainly does keep you on your toes, and they, especially the youngest one, he’s just so cute. He amuses me all day long. It makes me smile. And that’s longevity in itself, I think being able to smile all day.

You’ve always been a fan of the ladies, do you consider yourself a ...

Sex symbol? Now I hate that word. ... I never purposely went out to attract the opposite sex. I mean, it just comes with the music, you know, the music is very sensuous and vibrant. So, if I do something suggestive onstage it’s merely by accident.

“The Killing of Georgie” was bold for its time. Do you feel it helped change attitudes in some small way?

Yeah, yeah, you’re right. It was actually banned by the BBC when it first came out. But the most interesting thing about “Georgie” is I bump into a lot of people, gay men who say, “You know when ‘The Killing of Georgie’ came out, it really helped me through my breaking out and feeling proud about who I am.” And that means a lot to me.

The industry has changed. Is it no longer sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll?

Obviously, I’m not, you know, sweet 16 anymore, and there are things I have to preserve, namely my voice. I really have to look after that. So, as I said, I was never really a druggy-type person because I played football (aka soccer), and I was always getting up in the morning playing football and so that side hasn’t changed a great deal for me.

But things are changing, especially with the #MeToo movement.

Well that’s true. There were a lot of women throwing themselves at us in the ’70s and ’80s, and they were good old times, really great times. But, you know, the #MeToo movement is long overdue. But I must admit I’ve never had trouble, you know, entertaining women. I’ve always enjoyed the chase, actually. I’d never thrown myself on any woman. You know, I enjoyed romance and then the chase.

Do you ever look back and go, “Wow, what a career?”

Every day. Every day. I never take it for granted. I really don’t. You know, it’s just the best job in the world. I know that’s an old cliche, but it really is. (President Donald) Trump thinks he’s got a good job. I’ve really got a great job.

Inside Rod Stewart's $14.2million mansion that he can't seem to sell

Rod Stewart has taken drastic measures to sell his Essex mansion, slashing the price by £1million.

He once said he was going to live there 'for the rest of his life' but Sir Rod Stewart put the grade-II listed property up for sale in July 2016 for £7.5million.

But by November that year he had cut the price of the 25-acre Wood House estate in Epping by £550,000. 

Now he has slashed the price tag even more to £5.95million - still much more than the £1.2million he paid for the mansion in 1986.

The six-bedroom manor home has seen Sir Rod through two wives and several girlfriends and includes a boating lake, tennis courts, a swimming pool, stables, huge gardens and a two-bedroom cottage nearby.

It also has a full-sized football pitch which Stewart has allowed players from Newcastle United, Liverpool, and his favourite team Celtic to train on.

Stewart wrote two of his albums, Time and Another Country, in the cream-coloured drawing room. 

Sir Rod, worth around £160million according to 'rich lists', is not the only famous link to the mansion, with Winston Churchill staying at Wood House during the Blitz in World War Two.

He commissioned decorator Nicky Haslam to deck out the home, who created 'flamboyant interiors' including oak panelling and lavish plasterwork.

According to the Sunday Times, Sir Rod and third wife Penny Lancaster, 45, are selling up so they can live closer to the school their sons Alastair, 10, and Aiden, five, attend.

Rod Stewart knows you want to hear the old songs. He's writing new ones anyway

Rod Stewart at his home in Beverly Park. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
 

When Rod Stewart is in residence in Los Angeles — which is to say, when he’s not on the road or in his native England or in Palm Beach, Fla., where he owns a third home about a mile up the beach from Donald Trump’s place — the 73-year-old rocker lives in a sprawling and lavishly appointed mansion in Beverly Park.

Tucked safely behind a series of gates, the house has a library and a movie theater and a garage big enough that a Mercedes and a Ferrari both looked lonely on a recent afternoon. There’s also a soccer field — a small one, but still.

Despite all this, Stewart had frugality on his mind as he strolled out onto an expansive back patio holding two bottles of water.

“Got any kids?” he asked, his scratchy voice even scratchier than usual. Stewart’s two school-age children (out of eight total) were with their mother, Penny Lancaster, in London; the singer had flown to L.A. on his own after calling off a handful of tour dates due to laryngitis.

 

“Two mouthfuls off the top,” he went on, describing with some exasperation the way his offspring use bottles like these. “Then they just leave them all over. So what I do is I pour them all into one big bottle, then I refill them and screw the tops back on. They never know.”

Rod Stewart, pinchpenny?

“Tight as two coats of paint,” he replied. “I’m trying to prove a point! You can’t just waste things.”

Famously dissolute when he was coming up in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Stewart is big these days on not squandering his resources.

Look at his career in the last few years. At a point when many in his position are coasting with tribute projects or covers albums — records not unlike Stewart’s “Great American Songbook” series from the early 2000s — he’s recommitted himself to songwriting because he claims he has more to write about now than he did during his 20s and 30s.

Last month he released “Blood Red Roses,” his third album of original material since 2013. It’s got folky, soulful tunes about missing old friends and about the pain of parenthood; the title track imagines life aboard a whaling ship en route from Boston to Cape Horn.

And, yes, he knows this isn’t the stuff people come to his concerts to hear. Whenever he introduces a new song, he’s straight with them.

“I’ll say, ‘I want you to applaud like you’ve just heard “Maggie May” or “Hot Legs” or “Tonight’s the Night” — any of those,’” Stewart said as he sat on a couch overlooking an elaborate fountain. He was wearing shorts and a white shirt unbuttoned nearly to his navel, and his crinkly eyes were hidden behind a pair of mirrored aviator sunglasses.

“And they do!” he added. Still, his fans’ indulgence is not to be abused. “You certainly can’t do more than one or two a night,” he said.

“But writing is what keeps you fresh — it’s what keeps the adrenaline going.”

Stewart thinks about freshness in terms of how engaged he is in the task at hand. Others around him, though, have wondered if this happily hard-working veteran might be ripe for discovery by a new audience.

After the rapper ASAP Rocky sampled a vintage Stewart vocal for his 2015 hit “Everyday,” the singer’s manager and record label began assembling an album of remakes of his old classics performed by Stewart alongside various collaborators — precisely the kind of thing, in other words, we’re accustomed to seeing from artists around Stewart’s age. (Elton John, who’s 71, oversaw two such tributes to himself this year.)

 
"Young people look at me," Stewart says, "and go, 'Why's he got that haircut?'" (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

We got a taste of one such remake — “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” featuring Joe Jonas’ electro-pop band DNCE — when the two acts teamed up for 2017’s MTV Video Music Awards. Stewart also recorded tracks with James Bay and Bastille.

Eventually the project stalled, at least in part because Stewart’s attention had shifted to the original songs on “Blood Red Roses.” But as we talked it wasn’t hard to gauge his level of interest in the abandoned concept.

“I sort of prefer my versions,” he said, which definitely feels like the right opinion: Why waste a Rod Stewart song on somebody other than Rod Stewart? Especially when he doesn’t seem all that troubled by the idea that he’s moved to the margins of the pop conversation?

“Young people look at me and go, ‘Why’s he got that haircut?’” he said with a laugh.

As proud as he is of “Blood Red Roses,” Stewart’s commercial ambitions for the new album are relatively modest: a top 10 debut in the U.S. and a No. 1 showing at home in the U.K., where he says he’s a much bigger deal than he is here — “part of the fabric of the country,” in his words.

Monte Lipman, who heads up Stewart’s label, Republic, said he’s aiming for a Grammy nomination, and that could be within reach, given the Recording Academy’s habit of recognizing later work by living-legend types.

Which isn’t to say that’s how Stewart carries himself.

“I like to think I’m still a pretty normal guy,” he said. “Obviously, when you’ve got a lot of money, it changes you. But I do a lot of regular things when I’m with my wife in London. I go ’round to the supermarket; I don’t send people to shop for me.”

Stewart with his children Kimberly and Sean in 1983. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images)

In L.A., he enjoys going out for dinner with his adult children — “It thrills me to pick up my phone and see Stewart, Stewart, Stewart, Stewart, Stewart, Stewart” — and playing what he calls football on his private pitch. (Asked if he cares about American football, he said no — then demonstrated it by casting about for the name of an NFL team: “The Philadelphia Penguins? The Pittsburgh Persons?”)

He moved here in 1975 to escape a punishing British tax rate that he estimated at about 96% of his income. “This was the Harold Wilson government,” he said, the former prime minister’s name still a bitter taste in his mouth. And though he was homesick at first, he quickly grew to love L.A.

Of course, he added, the rise of the celebrity-industrial complex has rolled back the ease with which stars once amused themselves in this town. “The things I used to get away with…,” he said, trailing off. “But now everyone’s got a phone with a camera. You’ve got to watch your step.”

Boo-hoo for Rod Stewart?

“Look how long I’ve been at it,” he said. “If I’m not used to it by now, I never will be. It’s all part of the game.”

That also includes watching what he says. Stewart declined to offer his thoughts regarding his neighbor in Palm Beach, explaining that he’d gotten himself “into a little trouble” recently by describing Trump as a friend.

“So I refuse to talk anymore,” he said, friendly but firm.

But then he went ahead and complained about the disruption of the president’s visits. “You’ve got no idea what trouble it causes,” he said. “None of us can get along the coastline. We have to go all the way around.”

Stewart chuckled, as though he were suddenly aware of how this one-percenter’s lament might sound to some. Or perhaps he was simply gladdened by the thought of his spread in Florida, where he said he loves to sit and watch the ocean.

Surely he could do that in L.A.

“You see that statue?” he asked in response, pointing maybe 20 feet away. “The ocean is that close there. It’s a gorgeous place.”

In fact, he’d been down that way just a couple of weeks before, he said, as part of the tour that will bring him to Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena on Oct. 28.

As we neared the end of our chat, he went inside and rummaged around until he laid his hands on something he’d evidently lugged home from Florida. It was a painting of himself, clearly made by a fan, overlaid with an image of the Amway Center in Orlando.

He scrawled his signature in one corner of the painting and cheerfully handed it over.

Pinchpenny Rod was regifting it to me.

That also includes watching what he says. Stewart declined to offer his thoughts regarding his neighbor in Palm Beach, explaining that he’d gotten himself “into a little trouble” recently by describing Trump as a friend.

“So I refuse to talk anymore,” he said, friendly but firm.

But then he went ahead and complained about the disruption of the president’s visits. “You’ve got no idea what trouble it causes,” he said. “None of us can get along the coastline. We have to go all the way around.”

Stewart chuckled, as though he were suddenly aware of how this one-percenter’s lament might sound to some. Or perhaps he was simply gladdened by the thought of his spread in Florida, where he said he loves to sit and watch the ocean.

Surely he could do that in L.A.

“You see that statue?” he asked in response, pointing maybe 20 feet away. “The ocean is that close there. It’s a gorgeous place.”

In fact, he’d been down that way just a couple of weeks before, he said, as part of the tour that will bring him to Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena on Oct. 28.

As we neared the end of our chat, he went inside and rummaged around until he laid his hands on something he’d evidently lugged home from Florida. It was a painting of himself, clearly made by a fan, overlaid with an image of the Amway Center in Orlando.

He scrawled his signature in one corner of the painting and cheerfully handed it over.

Pinchpenny Rod was regifting it to me.

Rod Stewart and the daughter he gave up for adoption before she spiralled into drink and drug addiction reveal how they have reconciled at last

  • The 73-year-old rockstar mocks daughter, 55, telling her 'put that phone away' 
  • He later rolls his eyes at her as she expresses concern about his injured foot
  • The scenes unfolded this week at a record store signing for Rod'a latest album

The teasing, warm-hearted relationship between Rod Stewart and Sarah Streeter is one that will be familiar to many fathers and daughters.

'Put that phone away,' he remonstrates with mock sternness, while she has a fit of the giggles. 

Later, the 73-year-old veteran singer rolls his eyes as Sarah, 55, confides she is worried about Rod's foot, which he injured while playing football with his two young sons, Alastair, 12, and seven-year-old Aiden.

The affectionate scenes unfolded this week at a record store signing for Rod's latest album, Blood Red Roses, an event to which Sarah and her husband Chris had been invited. The trio met beforehand for drinks at London's Dorchester hotel, a favourite haunt of Rod's.

'It was lovely having a catch-up, just the three of us,' says Sarah.

The teasing, warm-hearted relationship between Rod Stewart and Sarah Streeter is one that will be familiar to many fathers and daughters

The encounter is further evidence of the ongoing bond between Rod and his eldest daughter — a girl he fathered aged just 17. She was given up for adoption and he played no part in her life for a very long time.

For years, their estrangement caused Sarah — who only learned of her birth father's identity as a bewildered 18–year-old — a great deal of pain.

Yet, as the Mail first revealed five years ago, following the death of Sarah's adoptive parents — her mother Evelyn died in 2007 — a tentative reconciliation took place and, over time, it has blossomed into genuine mutual affection.

'It's evolved a lot in the last few years,' says Sarah today. 'It's taken its time because he's not just my dad, is he? He's a big star. So, of course, that makes it difficult, especially when, like me, you lack confidence.

'But, over the years, it has become much more relaxed and now he's just 'Dad' to me. You can't get away from the fact that he's Rod Stewart the star, but when we're together I put that at the back of my mind. I'm not engaging with that person but with Rod the man — my dad. I feel like I am a genuine part of his extended family, which is wonderful.'

It's a sentiment echoed by 73-year-old Rod, who has spoken warmly of Sarah in recent interviews, touching both on his own guilt over the past and his pleasure that they are now in touch. 'She calls me Dad and I call her my daughter ... we're doing our best,' he said last month.

What Sarah, who bears an uncanny resemblance to her famous father, has been unable to reveal until now is quite how extraordinary their rapprochement is, unfolding as it has against a backdrop of drink and drug problems about which she has never felt able to speak openly before.

She was, she now falteringly admits, a serial abuser of cocaine and alcohol for much of her early 30s, and while she managed to recover, the death of Evelyn saw a grieving Sarah fall into a desperate downward spiral that at one point left her addicted to crack cocaine.

'Why I'm still here I don't know,' she says. 'I carry a huge amount of guilt about what I put people through. The way it affected my family and loved ones was terrible.

'But I've chosen to talk about it because I think it's important to be honest, and to show that even if you hit rock-bottom you can get over it.'

Her famous father, meanwhile, has been nothing but supportive. 'I confided in Rod about it quite early on and he was very concerned,' she says.

'It's not all new to him, of course. His eldest son, Sean, has had drug problems in the past and Kimberly had issues with alcohol although they're all doing really well now.

'There's no judgment from him at all. I don't talk about it a lot now but he always asks me if I'm all right.'

Fans may wonder whether it was Sarah he had in mind when he wrote Didn't I, the single he released from his new album about a parent comforting a daughter who's relapsed into a drug addiction.

'I think it was actually about Sean but it shows how in touch Rod is with it all,' she says.

The difficulties Sarah has faced over the course of her life are, of course, in stark contrast to the glamorous trajectory followed by her famous father, a man whose starry 50-year long career has encompassed not only international success but a glittering array of glamorous girlfriends and model wives.

Married three times — first to Alana Stewart, by whom he had Kimberly, 39, and Sean, 38, then to Rachel Hunter, mother to Renee, 26, and Liam, 24, and latterly to Alastair and Aiden's mum Penny Lancaster — Rod has had six children in wedlock and a daughter, Ruby, 31, by model Kelly Emberg.

Sarah, of course, came along before any of that, the product of a teenage love affair between Rod and his art student girlfriend Susannah Boffey.

When Susannah got pregnant, both panicked and, as was often the way back then, Sarah was given up for adoption.

Celtic mad Rod Stewart bags UK No1 album for the NINTH time with Blood Red Roses

The legendary rocker previously said getting No1 again would be as good a feeling as getting his knighthood.

Rod Stewart's new album Blood Red Roses claimed top spot

Celtic daft Sir Rod Stewart went to No1 with latest album Blood Red Roses today and claimed it felt “like I scored the winning goal in front of the home crowd.”

While his team were sunk in Salzburg on Thursday night, Rod, 73, kept up his winning ways scoring his ninth UK No1 album and beating off Cher’s latest album to second place.

Rod, who said in a recent Record feature if he went to No1 it would be as good a feeling as getting a knighthood, first hit No1 with third album Every Picture Tells A Story in 1971, and 47 years later his 30th studio album Blood Red Roses claims the top spot with over 41,000 combined sales.

Rod said: “Thank you to the great British public for making Blood Red Roses No1. I’m grateful, I’m humbled and feel like I just scored the winning goal in front of the home crowd.”

And what a shot it was. Rod’s success ends Eminem’s month-long reign at the top with Kamikaze, which slips to Number 4. Coincidentally, Rod is now level with Eminem for number of chart-topping albums in the UK, alongside ABBA and Queen.

Celtic daft Rod Stewart says getting his album No1 was 'like scoring the winning goal'

Rod Stewart, 73, continues to sport foot brace at album launch bash... as he jokes his HAIR is the secret to long-lasting career

He revealed on The One Show that he injured his foot while playing football with his two sons.

And Sir Rod Stewart was still sporting his recovery brace to attend the launch of his new album Blood Red Roses at the HMV in London's Oxford Street on Wednesday, after revealing on Monday he 'fell on a big lump of concrete.'

This comes after the 73-year-old music legend joked earlier in the day that the secret to his long-lasting career is his luscious head of hair.

Doing well: Sir Rod Stewart, 73, was still sporting his foot brace to attend the launch of his new album Blood Red Roses at the HMV in London's Oxford Street on Wednesday

Rod was casually dressed for the occasion in an appropriately coloured red and black striped matching tracksuit, teaming his medical boot with a black suede slipper and printed socks.

The star was greeted by a throng of fans as he arrived to celebrate the release of his latest album.

Rod's outing also came as he made the hilarious revelation that his hair has been the secret to his incredible showbiz success, after more than 50 years of record-selling success.

He told BBC Radio London: 'There is not a day that goes by when I don’t think about that.

‘It might have hindered me somewhat but I like to think songwriting is not just for young people, or for guys with a great barnet like I have got.' 

On the up: The legendary rockstar was sporting the recovery brace on his right foot after revealing two days earlier he suffered the injury while playing football with his two sons

Jovial: Rod put on an animated display as he attended the launch of his new album Blood Red Roses at HMV Oxford Street in London

Dressed to impress: Rod made his way into the event where he was signing copies of his latest album

On the up: On Monday the music legend admitted he had suffered the injury to his foot after 'falling on a big lump of concrete

Rod Stewart Breaks Down His

‘Age Appropriate’ New Album

 

“I’m not that bothered if it doesn’t sell 10 million copies,” the singer says of his 30th studio LP. “I’m making albums now for me and a few friends”

Rod Stewart knew exactly what he didn’t want to do when he began penning songs for his new album Blood Red Roses, which landed in stores on September 28th. “I didn’t want to write songs like ‘Stay With Me,’ ‘Hot Legs,’ and ‘Tonight’s the Night,'” he says. “I wanted to attempt to do something a little bit more age-appropriate, and hopefully I’ve succeeded.”

The album is part of a creative renaissance for the 73-year-old that began with his 2013 LP Time and continued in 2015 with Another Country. Up until those albums he’d put songwriting on hold for well over a decade to concentrate on his Great American Songbook series along with other covers projects, but then the itch to compose his own material returned. He says that writing his 2012 memoir Rod: The Autobiography played a big role in that process, along with the realization that creating a new album no longer required endless late nights in dark studios. “I was always locked in the studio for months on end,” he says. “We’d spend two hours getting a drum sound. I’d never even see daylight. It became laborious.”

 

 

But modern technology has allowed him simply record music in hotel rooms while on tour, and that’s easier than ever now that Kevin Savigar, his producer and primary songwriting partner, doubles as his touring keyboardist. “Now I get to see daylight a lot more than I did before,” says Stewart. “Kevin and I just start using samples and we kick around a few ideas and everything just goes from there.”

Lead single “Didn’t I” was born one day when Stewart spontaneously come up with the lines, “Didn’t I do the best for you, try to make you stay in school, didn’t I?” It quickly turned into a sorrowful tale of a father confronting his daughter’s severe drug addiction. “I didn’t sit right down and intend to write that sort of a song,” he says. “But the way I write songs now is I do a ‘la-dee de-dee-dee’ over a track and sing whatever comes into my mind. It’s exactly the same way that I wrote ‘Maggie May’ all those years ago.”

Another sad song is “Farewell,” a tribute to one of Stewart’s dearest old friends. “We grew up with each other through the Sixties, the Seventies, the Eighties, and the Nineties,” he says. “So he saw me from when I had absolutely nothing and totally unknown, all the way through to the success I had later in life. The idea was to try and just be as honest and personable as I could on that song. It’s a love song.”

 

 

“Cold Old London,” meanwhile, looks back on a rough time in his life right before he married model Rachel Hunter in 1990. “All this shagging and drinking was leading me nowhere,” he says. “I wasn’t particularly happy, and I was getting a hold of girls who were getting younger. The song is a reflection of that period in my life.”

A few weeks back “Didn’t I” became Stewart’s first original composition to enter the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts since 1999. But he still has realistic expectations for the album and doesn’t expect it to be topping the charts alongside Cardi B and Drake’s recent works. “I always think I’ve got a lot of friends out there that have followed my career for many, many years,” he says. “They turn up at concerts all over the globe, and if 10 percent of that wonderful audience that I play to buy the album, I’m happy. I’ve had tremendous success in selling millions and millions of albums, so I’m not that bothered if it doesn’t sell 10 million. Everybody else can do that. I’ve had my shot at it. I’m making albums for me and a few friends.”

He’s already began work on the next one. “I don’t know what the themes of the new songs are gonna be yet,” he says. “But in 18 months I should have 15 or so good songs.”

Rod Stewart, 73, sports a foot brace on The One Show as he reveals he fell on a 'great big lump of concrete' while playing football with his two sons

He is known for his distinctive style in fashion, rocking everything from leopard print catsuits to tight black Lycra PVC leggings on stage. 

And Sir Rod Stewart made no exceptions when he appeared on The One Show on Monday, sporting a fluffy tartan slipper on one foot and a grey leg brace on the other. 

The rock legend, 73, revealed his alternative choice in footwear was due to a football injury after he fell on a 'great big lump of concrete', while playing with his two youngest sons, Alistair, 12, and Aiden, seven. 

Injured: Sir Rod Stewart made no exceptions when he appeared on The One Show on Monday, sporting a fluffy tartan slipper on one foot and a grey leg brace

Chatting to Rod, Gabby Logan said: 'You are always beautifully attired and tonight is no exception. I can't help but notice though that one of your feet is adorned with a fantastic fur-lined tartan slipper and the other one not so much.

Nasty fall: The rock legend, 73, revealed his alternative choice in footwear was due to a football injury after he fell on a 'great big lump of concrete', while playing with his two youngest sons

Painful: 'I was kicking around, I bought the boys an AstroTurf pitch because I don't play much anymore. I ran in the nettles to get the ball and trod on a great, big lump of concrete.

'But we were playing the other day and I ran in the nettles to get the ball and trod on a great, big lump of concrete and this is what happened.

'It's only a precautionary measure and I'll be fine in a couple of days.'

Rod cut a dapper figure in a black military-style blazer and matching trousers with a red ribbon trim down the sides. 

His appearance on the BBC show comes after the Maggie May hit-maker revealed why he wants to raise his youngest boys in the UK.

In an interview with 60 minutes on Sunday, he said: 'I want my kids (Alistair and Aiden) to be brought up in this country. They love it here, they don't want to go back to L.A. It's probably because I've seen, with kids being brought up in Beverly Hills, a lot of damage.'

Signature style: Rod cut a dapper figure in a black military-style blazer and matching trousers with a red ribbon trim down the sides

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