Rod Stewart Talks New Christmas Album And Return To Rock
The end of 2012 finds Rod Stewart busier than ever. In addition to his recently released memoir, titled, Rod, he releases his first holiday collection tomorrow (October 30th) called, Merry Christmas, Baby. The album, which finds Rod tackling such yuletide classics as "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," "We Three Kings," "Winter Wonderland," among others, features a virtual duet with the late Ella Fitzgerald on "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"
Rod told us that his recent foray into becoming a crooner of classic standards helped ease him into the role of a Christmas balladeer: "Well, this a project, like the book that's out now, I've been putting off for some time, mainly because, maybe I thought it was beneath me, y'know, years ago to do a Christmas album, y'know? But what with the American Songbook and the success of that, it seemed like a natural progression."
Rod also talked about his return to rock for the first time since 2006's Still The Same. . . Great Rock Classics Of Our Time collection. The new set, tentatively titled, Love The Life You Live, reunites Rod with longtime collaborator Jim Cregan: "We've actually got a rock album coming out in March -- February or March -- which is all finished and ready to go. Which I've written 10 songs for, which I'm absolutely ecstatic about."