Rod Stewart has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth after leading her 90th Birthday Honors list. Music-News.com posted that Rod, who was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen in 2007, is receiving the honor for his ongoing “services to music and charity.” Rod said in a statement, “I’ve led a wonderful life and have had a tremendous career thanks to the generous support of the great British public. This monumental honor has topped it off and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I thank Her Majesty and promise to ‘wear it well.'”
Royal honors are awarded twice yearly — on the queen’s official birthday and at new year. The date for Rod’s investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace has yet to be announced. The former Faces frontman joins a long list of rock artists who have been knighted by the Queen, including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Van Morrison, and British music legend Cliff Richard.
Rod Stewart becoming a knight of the realm seems a long way off from his wild, early days on the road.
We asked him whether the legendary and infamous stories of destroying hotel rooms while on tour with the Faces back in the early-’70s were actually true: “Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah — and now it seems foolish nowadays, but the reason we did it is because, y’know, especially in Holiday Inn’s, we’d get no respect.
Y’know, they didn’t want to serve us. So we just took our revenge. Televisions, we’d empty the rooms out of furniture and put it in the elevator and send all the furniture down to the lobby. In fact, we were still doing that in the ’80s. I actually did it in Perth and got a huge bill of $11,000 in the ’80s.”