Rod Stewart has got a new blonde in his life – but wife Penny Lancaster isn’t worried.
The famously blonde-loving rocker and Penny have adopted rescue dog Blondie, who has become a close member of the family – and a Celtic fan.
Rod Stewart and I are sitting on comfortable cream armchairs in the gym on his sprawling Essex estate. It stands beside the main house at the top of a long driveway that sweeps up from the wrought-iron gates, and was a cowshed, choked in weeds, before it was fitted out with state-of-the-art equipment.
Rod, now 74, has just been put through his paces by his personal trainer. He's still in his tracksuit sipping a glass of water. With Christmas looming, he tells me he loves to follow all the festive traditions.
'We all go to church on Christmas morning. Not that we ever go during the rest of the year, but I like to on the day itself,' he says.
'Then it's home to play football with the boys on the lawn. I like to wait until 6pm for the main meal, otherwise you've had a few glasses of wine and then you're asleep. We always have turkey and all the trimmings. We're just like anybody else.'
Well, not quite. For a start there are three homes to choose from. 'We take it in turns,' he says. 'Sometimes we're here in Essex. Sometimes we're at our home in Beverly Hills. But this year it will be in Palm Beach, Florida.'
And who does the cooking? 'Either my chef from here in Essex, or the one in Los Angeles. This year, it's the one from the UK. It's a big operation getting all the available Stewarts together.
'The Ferrari has to be driven from LA to Florida on a trailer so it's there for me to use.' But Rod makes no apologies. 'I earned it,' he smiles. 'I'll spend it.'
After his current tour finishes on 20 December he's off to Florida with his wife Penny Lancaster and their sons, Alastair, 14, and eight-year-old Aiden. They'll be joined this year by Rod's daughter Kimberly and son Sean, from his first marriage to Alana Hamilton, and Kimberly's daughter Delilah, by the actor Benicio del Toro.
Wherever he is, he always listens to the Queen's speech, although the time difference means he'll catch it later if he's in the US. 'You can find it easily online,' he says.
He'll also watch his favourite seasonal films. 'The one I like best is The Polar Express, with Tom Hanks, about the young boy going to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. That always gets me in the mood. We open our presents before we eat.
'I don't know how anyone finds something to give me. I've got everything. It used to be paintbrushes for my model railroad. Now I tell them to give the money to charity.'
And what about his gift to Penny? 'I've got it already,' he says. 'I know she'll really love it. She also likes a bit of jewellery but I could pick something and it might not be her style.' There are always alternatives. 'Last year I bought her a white Bentley.'
Does he have any idea what Penny's going to buy him this year? 'No. But she's always great. She plans it months in advance. A few years ago she had a beautiful rowing boat built which we put on our lake in the other house in Essex before we moved here.
'I named it Celtic Pride.' He pauses and looks around the gym with its Celtic FC scarves and signed players' shirts adorning the walls. 'You'd never guess which football club I support, would you?' he says with a chuckle.
Penny also takes charge of the Christmas music, so what will be playing in the Stewart household? 'Me,' he says, with a grin. 'Penny insists on it. But it must be my Christmas album. Nothing else all day, although she might occasionally allow something of mine from the Great American Songbook.'
Rod and Penny are educating their sons, Alastair, 14, and eight-year-old Aiden, pictured, in the UK. The family will head to Palm Beach, Florida, for Christmas
She'll have more choice this year, as Rod's just released his new album You're In My Heart, a combination of his vocals from his greatest hits, with fresh orchestrations by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
'I can't take any credit,' he says. 'The record label came up with the idea. I didn't have to lift a finger. They just took my vocal tracks and then, under producer Trevor Horn's guidance, accompanied them with all these lush strings.
'I couldn't imagine them on a track like Maggie May or Tonight's The Night, but it works beautifully.'
It's clear he dotes on Penny, and after a somewhat hectic love life that's given him eight children, he's more settled today than he's ever been.
'Penny's great,' he says. 'She's very grounded, but I don't want to say normal because she's extraordinary. She keeps the family together. When she first came into my life, the older kids were very suspicious.
'"Another bird trying to get her hands on Dad's money. Less for us." That sort of thing. But she won them all over. And now they all look to her for advice – especially the girls.
'She doesn't beat about the bush. She'll tell them what she thinks and they'll listen. And her judgment's always spot on. She's the glue in the Stewart family.'
He's extremely proud of the stint Penny did as a special police constable in Peterborough for a TV reality show earlier this year. She found the experience so rewarding she's now in talks to take on the job part-time for real, with the prospect of six months
Before he flies off to Florida for Christmas, there's one shopping trip that’s always on Rod's list.
He was a fifth child, 14 years younger than his eldest brother Bob and an afterthought who left his mum exhausted.
'So my sister Mary, who'll be 91 this year, more or less brought me up,’ he says. The two remain very close and each December, as a sort of delayed thank you, he takes Mary off to Harrods on a Yuletide shopping spree. '
She’ll say, “Oh Roddy, you can’t possibly buy me that,”' he smiles.
'And I'll say, “Of course I can. I'm rich.”'
Rod pictured with his sister Mary
What does Rod think about it? 'No one's ever been able to stop Penny if she's decided she wants to do something. And I'm always behind her all the way. But am I scared for her? Yes, a little.
'Did you see that drug addict who threatened to stab her with a needle on the TV show?' He's suddenly very serious. 'As long as she's accompanied at all times by another constable, she'll be OK.'
Not everyone could have entered Rod's complex life and not only coped with it, but taken charge the way Penny has. A good example is the way she juggles the former wives and girlfriends, not to mention the children, and sometimes all under one roof at the same time.
'I don't know how she does it. I get on well with all of them, although it can be a bit awkward if Alana and Kelly [Emberg, mother of Rod's daughter Ruby] and Rachel [Hunter] are all in the same room. But Penny keeps all the plates spinning.'
It's all very different from a couple of decades ago when in 1999, after two children together, Renee and Liam, his second wife Rachel Hunter told him she wanted out.
'I couldn't believe it,' he tells me now. 'I was a rock star. You don't dump a rock star! It knocked me for six. It was a huge shock. But she was just 21 when we married and a mum a year later. My sister Mary told me she was too young for me as we were walking down the aisle. And she was right.'
It made him far more cautious when he met Penny, who's 26 years his junior, shortly after Rachel left him. They dated for eight years before they married in 2007, and when they had their two sons he approached fatherhood very differently too.
'With Kimberly and Sean, I was deeply in debt to the US taxman. So I was away a lot on tour to earn much-needed money. Did the kids suffer? Yeah, they must have done. Their dad wasn't there. But I didn't have much choice.'
These days he plans his schedule around Alastair and Aiden's holidays, and he and Penny have chosen to have the boys educated in the UK. 'They're taught more here,' he says. 'They learn quicker. They go to school six days a week and they love it.
'They're at the same school now. It's wonderful to see them go off every morning in their uniforms. They've given me a new lease of life. And they're mad on football too. We play on the astroturf pitch I've had built in the grounds.'
Recently there's been a new addition to the household – a rescue dog from Battersea. She's a Labradoodle originally called Blondie, though she's been re-named Lily by Aiden, who says she responds better to that.
Rod's busy home life is counterbalanced by the demands of his career, and there's plenty coming up in the run-up to Christmas with his new album just out.
He's hugely enjoying his current tour which ends with three nights at London's O2 on 17, 19 and 20 December, each of which will see him accompanied on stage by the Royal Philharmonic for the first time.
As well as singing with Robbie Williams on his new album You’re In My Heart, Rod’s previously recorded plenty of duets perfect for downloading at Christmas...
WINTER WONDERLAND (with Michael Bublé)
Rod and the popular Canadian crooner give this Christmas classic an easy-listening makeover.
WE THREE KINGS (with Mary J Blige)
Rod teams up with the Grammy winning soul singer for a remake of the 1857 Christmas carol.
IT TAKES TWO (with Robbie Williams)
Robbie returned a favour to Rod by duetting on this new version of Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston’s 1965 hit.
There was a report recently that he was going to drop some of his raunchier songs – Hot Legs, Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? and so on – from his live shows because they were no longer age-appropriate. Rod snorts.
'Nah! Where did that come from? Of course I'm going to keep singing them. Anyway, they were appropriate when I first sang them. It was a different time. You could smack a girl on the bum then and it wasn't the end of the world.'
He does approve of the #MeToo movement, though. 'Course I do. Not that I've ever had to throw myself at a woman. It's always been the other way around,' he chuckles.
The only track on the new album that doesn't involve the Royal Philharmonic is a duet with Robbie Williams on the Marvin Gaye/Kim Weston Motown hit It Takes Two.
'I know Robbie through football, and his wife Ayda is on Loose Women and so is Penny. Also, my chef is married to his housekeeper. He emailed me and said he'd got a Christmas song, Fairytales, and he'd be honoured if I sang it with him.
'It's on his new album. Once we'd recorded it, I told him he owed me a favour. He'd have to duet with me on It Takes Two, so that's what we did. But we've never sung it together.'
That's because they both recorded their vocals at separate times. They were due to perform the song together at this year's Royal Variety Performance, but Rod had to pull out with a throat infection.
It would have been his third Royal Variety show, although he's performed for the Queen privately too. 'I'm a monarchist,' he says. 'I think the Queen is wonderful. And I know Charles quite well. He's great fun.
'I was a bit disappointed that Harry and Meghan have decided not to spend Christmas with the Queen this year. If I was Harry, I'd think there was plenty of time in the future to have Christmases on my own or with Meghan's mum.
'The Queen's 93. I flew around the world to be with my mum and dad at Christmas because I knew they didn't have many left.'
Rod, who was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2016, recalls how nerve-racking it was when he once sang in front of her in a room no bigger than the gym we're sitting in.
'It was a fundraiser at the palace. There were about 40 guests and the Queen sat with the Duke of Edinburgh 15ft away from me. I was so bleeping nervous! I sang five standards. Actually, I announced in front of her that Penny and I were getting married. She had a big smile on her face.'
The lifelong footballer is having his right knee replaced in January, before a string of dates in Las Vegas in March. There's never any shortage of new projects, but how would he feel about a film of his life following the recent Bohemian Rhapsody, about Freddie Mercury, and Rocketman, about Elton John.
'No one's asked me yet,' he says. 'But would I be interested? You betcha. And my youngest, Aiden, who's the spitting image of me at that age, could play the young me. I don't know who they'd get for the adult version, but that's not my problem.'
He thought the Queen film was 'just brilliant', but he had one or two misgivings about Rocketman.
'The chronology wasn't always right. When they showed Elton singing at the Troubadour he was performing songs that were released 20 years later. And it was a bit too Mamma Mia! for me,' he says, waving jazz hands.
The recent pictures of Rod's astonishing model railroad (you call it a train set at your peril) attest that he's clearly got a forensic eye for detail.
'To me, making it was more fun than running it,' he says. 'I can only explain my love for it by saying the sense of fulfilment it gives me comes from the fact I created it with my own hands.'
Yet until now he's always been rather shy about discussing it. Might that be because he felt it was a bit geeky – not very rock'n'roll?
'Absolutely. I thought it was a bit dodgy. I didn't want anybody to know about it. But it's incredibly absorbing. I've lost more hours than I could count constructing it in my attic in LA. Penny would stand at the bottom of the stairs. "Rod," she'd shout. "There are children down here, growing up." But she knows what it means to me.'
Though his passions keep him young, he leaves nothing to chance. Gary, his personal trainer, keeps him in trim, though Rod's not a man who puts on weight.
'But I did because of the prostate cancer,' he says. Earlier this year he revealed he'd been having treatment for a couple of years. 'I'm the right side of that now, but it was caught early. Look at this, though...'
He lifts his T-shirt and pinches a modest roll of midriff, which he says is disappearing. 'As part of the treatment you're given a female hormone which makes all the fat go to your tummy. Apart from that, I'm in full working order.'
For a man his age he's remarkably unlined. Yet there's no evidence he's a fan of Botox.
'No, but I'll tell you a secret. Every morning, after I shave, I rub Oil of Olay into my face. Ronnie Wood and I used to do that when we were 19 and I never stopped.'
Ronnie said recently that one of the reasons they've both stayed at the top of their game is because they each still sport a full head of hair.
'When we were on tour together, we'd know when each other was sick,' says Rod. 'I'd look at him and say, 'Ron, your barnet's collapsed.' It was an indication of the state of our health.'
Penny walks in, back from a shopping trip with some friends. Rod jumps to his feet and gives her a big hug. 'Ah, the love of my life,' he says.
'Listen,' he chuckles, turning to me. 'I've got such a ridiculously great life. I must be the luckiest man alive.'
Best Foot Forward: Rod Stewart shows no plans for retirement ahead of two Irish gigs
He has battled cancer and is about to turn 75, but Rod Stewart’s two gigs in Ireland next week are a sign he has no plans to retire any time soon, writes Richard Purden
ROD STEWART is preparing to take training for a U10 football featuring his son Aiden. The team are wearing a full Celtic kit, not surprising given their temporary coach’s longstanding love of the Glasgow side.
“We play in a football league with a floodlit pitch and astroturf. The lads come here because the coach is away so I’m taking training tonight,” says Stewart.
Before he does, the singer explains there is no suggestion of retiring from the music business as he is already making plans for a 2020 album before arriving in Dublin for two shows at the 3Arena next week.
“It’ll be 20 of the best folk and country songs ever written by people like Hank Williams, Carter Family and Johnny Cash. There will be some Scottish folk and Irish rebel songs in there as well.”
Stewart is still sore at the BBC for, as he suggests, “banning” his version of ‘Grace’, written by Frank and Seán O’Meara in 1985. He first heard Celtic supporters sing the romantic ballad and was entranced.
On his 30th long-player released last year Blood Red Roses, Stewart also paid homage to left-wing folk hero Ewan MacColl, who like Stewart also came from Scottish working-class roots.
“I first saw him when I was 16 years old in the West End of London at a folk club in Oxford St and I was mesmerised. It’s a whaling song from when we relied on oil to light our houses and it has stayed with me ever since. The track on the album is the chorus of his song and I wrote new verses but he is credited on the album with a percentage of the publishing. I don’t want people to think I’ve ripped him off; I wouldn’t do that.”
The track has taken Stewart full circle having recorded ‘Dirty Old Town’ for his 1969 debut album An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down. Stewart is naturally cautious when it comes to decisions about celebrating his 50-year-old back catalogue.
He initially balked at the idea of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra adding new arrangements to classic solo cuts and his work with The Faces.
“When I heard they were going to put an orchestra behind ‘Stay With Me’ I said: ‘Oh no they’re not!’. Trevor Horn, the producer, asked me to just give it a try so I let them do it and I was astounded; it’s beautiful. I was surprised especially by the beginning of ‘Maggie May’. There’s a different feel to the songs, they are not too syrupy and the strings represent the tracks well.”
Purists shouldn’t be offended by the orchestra’s treatment of Stewart’s much-loved hits that have helped define popular culture over five decades. The collection is also a reminder of Stewart’s abilities as a solo writer.
He explains how ‘The Killing of Georgie’ “was a song about a homosexual, a friend of mine and back then it really was taboo but the words just came out. I wish I could explain it, you just open up the brain and sing whatever you want — it’s just hit and miss. I had a descending chord sequence and put the lyrics over it. I usually think of a title first like with ‘Young Turks’ but ‘Maggie’ was different, I just sang and it came down an aerial, it does seem magical to me … you write something that wasn’t there the day before.”
As a vital interpreter of song, his voice continues to be lauded, with Bruce Springsteen recently tipping his hat to the singer.
“It’s a lovely compliment, I do look after my voice more now than ever by warming up and drinking tonnes of water. The older you get it does become tougher but I’ve still got the stamina even though I have to get a knee operation in the New Year. The voice is my crown jewels and I really have to look after it.”
The Anglo-Scot cites Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and Van Morrison among his favourite song-writers recording ‘Have I Told You Lately’ and ‘Crazy Love’ by the latter.
“What a great lyricist, I love his stuff, when Astral Weeks came out with the string bass, acoustic guitars, and mandolins it was a big influence on Every Picture Tells A Story. We go back. The last time I saw him I was with my ex-wife (Rachel Hunter) at the Langholm Hotel in London, we got so drunk I don’t remember much about it.”
t’s been a reflective year for the singer who united The Faces for the first time on stage since 2015. “We did it for a prostate cancer charity,” he explains. “I made an announcement that I’ve beaten it, although I don’t know if you ever beat cancer but I was on the mend let’s put it that way. It was a lovely night, Kenney Jones (Faces/Small Faces) was on the drums and we had Jim Cregan (Stewart’s musical collaborator at various points since 1976) on guitar. Both of them have recovered from prostate cancer and of course, Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones) on guitar has had lung cancer, we’re all still battling away up there. To play with them again was a real joy.”
After turning 75 in January, Stewart will tour the US with Blondie in the summer and by autumn he’ll be on the road in Australia.
Of the recent illness, he adds: “I never felt any different. I had treatment for two years and was working all through that time. I went to Harley St five times a week for a month and no one ever found out, which was a miracle really but I wanted people to know because it’s a horrible cancer to have because it gives you no warning whatsoever.
Sharing a Scottish diaspora connection with US President Donald Trump, he admits the pair’s friendship has dissolved in recent times.
“I have a house in Palm Beach just up the road from Trump. I used to go to his Christmas party down the road — he used to have two or three different balls — but my wife (Penny Lancaster) said ‘No’. There was stuff he was coming out with, what he was saying about women he had known in the past and she said ‘You’re not going; he’s a disgrace’, which I suppose he is really.”
Whatever about the US president, Rod Stewart is as reliable as ever.
Rod Stewart plays 3Arena, Dublin, next Weds and Thurs. You’re In My Heart: Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is out now
He has battled cancer and is about to turn 75, but Rod Stewart’s two gigs in Ireland next week are a sign he has no plans to retire any time soon, writes
Rod Stewart put on a merry display in the early hours of Tuesday morning when leaving a private members club in Mayfair.
The Maggie May singer, 74, looked in high spirits as he left the venue in a black fur trim coat over the top of a white shirt and a festive gold embellished tie.
The rock and roll legend was sporting some polka dot socks with satin slip on shoes with a silver detail on top flaunting his unique sense of style.
His trademark blonde hair was tousled in its usual style.
He was escorted out of the venue by a door man holding £20 notes in one hand as he made his way into the back of a car.
Rock star Sir Rod Stewart is to be made an honorary
member of Market Deeping Model Railway Club.
Club chairman Peter Davies revealed the move in a message read out on today's (Weds) Jeremy Vine radio programme.
At the end of a section about model railways on the Radio 2 show, which featured unscheduled phone-ins by enthusiasts Sir Rod and fellow musician Jools Holland, Jeremy read out a message from Mr Davies.
Mr Davies highlighted how Sir Rod had 'very kindly and very generously' donated £10,000 to the club after this year's vandal attack at Stamford Welland Academy.
Mr Davies said the club is 'now in the process' of making Sir Rod an honorary member.
In May Market Deeping Model Railway Club's annual exhibition at Stamford Welland Academy had to be cancelled after drunken teenage vandals wreaked havoc hours before it was due to open.
Years' worth of work was destroyed and thousands of pounds worth of damage caused.
The model railway club's crowdfunding page closed mid-June with 5,461 supporters - including Sir Rod - donating a total of £107,947.
The club is now in the process of organising its 2020 exhibition, which will be returning to Stamford Welland Academy as a two-day extravanza on 16 and 17 May.
In the wake of the attack, professional overnight security will be in operation.
“It was everything I wanted it to be and, I think, everything that Jeff wanted it to be,” says Stewart. “The sound we get with just his guitar and my voice is quite remarkable. We filled the room. I sort of stood back and didn’t do any of my jumping around onstage. I wanted it to be his evening and I think it worked.”
He has long been known as a model railway enthusiast — even if at times he didn't want to talk about it.
But now Sir Rod Stewart's legendary layout — 26 years in the making — can be seen for the first time in all its finished glory.
The rocker's astonishingly detailed 124ft long x 23ft wide model depicting an American city and its industrial hinterland in the 1940s contains hundreds of buildings, from trackside switchman shanties to vast factories and skyscrapers.
Called Grand Street And Three Rivers City, it also features a railway station crossed by numerous bridges at rush hour. There are period cars and lorries as well, of course, as trains, and it is all surrounded by lush landscape and dramatically lit in the colours of late afternoon sunshine.
Sir Rod told Railway Modeller magazine that scenery and structure modelling, rather than locomotives, trackwork or electrics, are his forte.
'It's the landscape I like. Attention to detail, extreme detail, is paramount. There shouldn't be any unsightly gaps or pavements that are too clean,' he said.
This also extends to soccer fan Sir Rod referencing his beloved Celtic FC in the name of the Celtic Coal & Steel firm building. There is another nod to his Scottish roots with his Great Caledonian Steel & Iron Co.
The 74-year-old's now demolished childhood home at 507 Archway Road in North London overlooked train tracks.
Yet, he was inspired by American railways because that is where he was living when he began the model in 1993. At the time, he had recently built a new house in Los Angeles and included an attic room specifically for the layout.
But he told the magazine, which features Sir Rod as its cover star in its new December edition along with an in-depth feature, he does not think American railways are better than British ones. 'They're bigger, the locos are bigger but not any better,' he said.
While life on the road as a rock musician and its temptations has led to many contemporaries going off the rails, for Sir Rod railway modelling became an escape from the pressures of touring — he would take kits, tools and paints with him and book an extra hotel room for a workshop so he could pursue his hobby in between concerts wherever he was in the world.
'We'd tell them in advance and they were really accommodating, taking out the beds and providing fans to improve air circulation and ventilation,' he said.
Many a skyscraper was completed that way on afternoons before a show, and Sir Rod believes he may have never finished the model if he had not done so.
Despite its vast scale, he said 'none of it was really planned' and he 'just winged it', with the help of two friends.
His photographer and model wife Penny Lancaster, 48, also played her part. Sir Rod used photos for reference when making the layout and they would often stop to take pictures of a scene that caught their eye.
Sir Rod, whose hits include I Don't Want To Talk About It, You Wear It Well, Downtown Train and Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?, said: 'I find beauty in what everyone else sees as ugly — rugged skyscrapers, beaten-up warehouses, things that are very run down.'
While Sir Rod acknowledged it took a while for him to publicly admit he was a railway enthusiast, he agreed in his interview with the magazine that attitudes now appear to be changing towards model railway making.
But he added that he was still wary about answering questions on TV about it because 'it's hard to talk about something so all- encompassing' if he was meant to be discussing his music.
His passion was first inflamed when he was 'eight or nine' on a family holiday in Bognor Regis where he saw a 'marvellous' railway layout in a model shop.
He said his father had once given him the advice that 'every man needs a hobby'.
'Mine's model railway,' said Sir Rod, who had a toy railway as a child. When he wanted a station for it, his dad bought him a guitar instead, which many might think turned out to be a shrewd move.
His fortune stands at £190 million, according to the Sunday Times' UK Musicians' Rich List, and he has had nine No 1 albums and 62 hit singles in the UK.
Sir Rod said guests are stunned by his magnificent model railway when he runs it for them at his LA home. He said: 'When I take on something creative like this, I have to give it a 110 per cent. For me, it's addictive. I started, so I just had to finish.
'I'm lucky I had the room. If I'd realised at the start it would have taken so long, I'd have probably said No! No! Nah!'
His tie bar? It says "Celtic." It's for the Scottish football club, of which Stewart is an avowed fan. As a rule, this sort of accessory is not a great idea for normal guys. But remember: This is no normal guy. This is Sir Rod Fuckin' Stewart. Long may he reign.
He hailed the Someone You Loved singer’s hilarious personality in interviews.
The song was written by Simon Climie, one half of the UK pop duo Climie Fisher that’s best known for their 1987 hit “Love Changes Everything.” “His manager is an ex-girlfriend of mine from way back in the 1970s named Dee Harrington,” says Stewart. “He’s a wonderful chap and writes beautiful songs. He came up with this one and she said, ‘You know who should sing this? Rod.’ They gave it to me and I immediately fell in love with it.”
The Hoops-daft singer and photographer wife Penny appear in the new series of Paul O Grady’s ITV series For the Love of Dogs and tell the story of how the whole family fell for rescue pup Blondie.
The Labrador-Poodle-cross puppy was rescued from Battersea Dogs Home by the couple and has become an instant hit at the their Essex home with kids Alastair and Aiden.
Penny said: “It was kind of love at first sight. She’s amazing.”
Blondie has become close to their other dog Bubbles and the pair are firm friends.
She said: “The two of them are just inseparable.”
Advancing age has done little to temper Rod Stewart's love of fashion, and the veteran rocker did his best to illustrate that point during an appearance in Rome on Tuesday.
Rod, who will celebrate his 75th birthday in January, was seen trying on a winter coat during a surprise visit to a local Zara store in the Italian capital.
The singer was given a helping hand as he pulled on the item, a brushed woolen grey number that complimented his smart beige blazer and matching slacks.
With one eye clearly still on passing trends, Rod added to his look with a raffish Baker Boy cap, while a patterned silk scarf rounded things off.