Rod Stewart dropped a wistful, brand new single today (July 19) called “Didn’t I” from his highly-anticipated 30th studio album Blood Red Roses, which is slated for a Sept. 28 release from Republic Records. The song falls easily within Stewart’s iconic pop-rock roots, with just a hint of country tones shining through.
Stewart speaks with a parental voice as he muses about “times to remember and times I would like to forget.” He goes on to warn his sweet little girl about the harm of doing drugs when he sings, “Didn’t I try to tell you, that stuff’s gonna kill ya?/Oh didn’t I/But you thought it was cool and I was just an old fool/Oh, look at ya!”
After more than five decades of making music and fathering eight children, Rod Stewart has forged an iconic career and undoubtedly gained a lot of wisdom drawn from his vast and varied life experience. “Didn’t I” calls to mind his anthemic Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 hit “Forever Young,” in which he also tries to impart wisdom and well wishes for his child. (Listen to “Didn’t I” below).
Blood Red Roses is Stewart’s first release since his 2015 record Another Country, which peaked at No. 2 on the acclaimed British singer-songwriter’s native UK Albums Chart and No. 20 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S. The upcoming album is co-produced by Stewart’s longtime producing partner Kevin Savigar. The album will also be released in two versions: a 13-track standard album and a 16-track deluxe version. The 16-track album is currently available for digital retail pre-order, which comes with an automatic “Didn’t I” download.
Blood Red Roses is described as “a deeply personal 13-track collection of originals and three covers” which is “quite simply, peak Rod Stewart.” The beloved Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talks about the album’s intimacy in a press statement saying, “I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy. Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing.”
Rod Stewart is a musical living legend who has amassed a huge number of accolades across his genre-bending discography. He’s a Grammy winner, he’s been knighted by Prince William, and is a BRIT Award recipient for his Outstanding Contribution to Music. He has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and is one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Rod Stewart will resume his North American tour on July 24 with Cyndi Lauper as his special guest. He is also continuing his Rod Stewart: The Hits winter residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, including a show on Sunday, Dec. 2 (Tickets). Stay tuned to AXS for Rod Stewart updates.