Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Rod Stewart Is Back, One More Time, With An Album of All New Songs and a Poke at Elton John


Rod Stewart and Elton John are decades old frenemies. They really love each other, but like Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds they love going at each other.

So Rod’s new album is called “The Tears of Hercules,” which sounds like a little poke at Elton’s 1972 song, “Hercules.” Indeed, Elton liked to call himself Elton Hercules John for a minute back in the day.

Rod’s fourth album of new songs since 2013 comes on November 12th and is kicked off by a single called “One More Time” that has a cheeky video to along with it. Like all of Rod’s songs with producer collaborator Kevin Savigar, it’s very catchy.

The album features a song called “Touchline,” which he dedicated to his father, who taught him and his brothers to love football, a tradition Sir Rod has passed down to his sons. In the album’s sleeve note, Stewart says he’s proud of the album. “I’ve never said this before about any previous efforts, but I believe this is by far my best album in many a year,” he writes.

I’ve always said that Rod is a many with a career of nine lives. He never stops, and he always returns with a bang. There’s a rumor he’s also working on a new Faces album for the first time in 50 years. He and his mega agent Arnold Stiefel are two of the greats in show biz. They’ve even booked Las Vegas dates at Caesar’s Palace to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his acclaimed residency, “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” He’ll play nine shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace between October 6th and 23rd.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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