Renowned rock legend Rod Stewart has taken to social media to address recent speculation surrounding his retirement plans.
The iconic musician sought to clarify recent comments he made about a possible retirement, reassuring fans that he is not hanging up the mic anytime soon and intends to continue his illustrious music career.
The confusion arose after a recent appearance on BBC Breakfast in which Stewart mentioned the possibility of retirement, leading to headlines suggesting that the legendary performer was preparing to bid farewell to the stage.
“My forthcoming concerts at Edinburgh Castle will be the last of the rock ‘n’ roll shows,” he said.
“I want to move on and I’ve always wanted to do The Great American Songbook live. It sold 38 million copies.
“I’ve also done a fantastic swing album with Jools Holland which is more Louis Prima than Frank Sinatra. I just want to make a change.”
However, the rockstar was quick to set the record straight in a post to social media, assuring his fans that he had been misunderstood.
“I like to clear up any confusion that I may have caused my dear fans and the media. I shall never retire!” he said.
“I was put on this earth to be a singer. I will keep doing so for as long as the good Lord lets me.
“I will play the hits as advertised for the UK, US, South America and Vegas and into 2024 but no retirement as such.”
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As news of his clarification spread, fans flooded social media with messages of relief and excitement, expressing their anticipation for future performances.
“What a relief. Sir Rod Stewart, Thank you for being so brilliant,” one fan wrote.
“Great news to hear!! Rock on Sir Rod.”
“Never had any doubts!!! Good luck on your Upcoming UK concerts. Wish I could be there but with you in spirit,” commented another.
“Your still wearing it well Sir Rod.”
“Congratulations you have given us such beautiful music. Never Never retire you are a gift from above. Thanks for your music.”
While Stewart has no plans to step off the stage anytime soon, his kids have reportedly urged the music legend to “throw in the towel”.
With a history of previous health issues and the weight of advancing age on his shoulders, Stewart’s kids have taken it upon themselves to encourage him to consider retirement, raising concerns about the toll his demanding career may be taking on him.
“They are worried about him and want him to throw in the towel on music and retire on his own terms,” a close friend told The Daily Mail.
“Their dad has devoted 50 years of his life to music and he has nothing left to prove to anyone.
“With his health issues, and considering his age, several of Rod’s kids just think it is time for him to take a few years to focus on his health and his family – especially after the birth of his third grandbaby.”