Music legend Rod Stewart sits down with award-winning newsman Dan Rather to talk about his prolific five-decade-plus career on the upcoming all-new episode of “The Big Interview” which airs Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV.
In a sneak peek clip of their candid conversation Rather notes the “Forever Young” crooner fronted for “one of the most influential bands of ‘60s and ‘70s” and asks him to talk about that era in British rock. Stewart instantly knows Rather is talking about his days with The Jeff Beck Group and says, “Jeff (Beck) was a fabulous guitar player and is a fabulous guitar player. He was part of the Yardbirds and then he formed his own band which consisted of me and the Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood. He’s my soul brother.”
He then recounted a story about coming to America with the band and playing the Fillmore East to support Grateful Dead. It seems hard to believe now, given Stewart’s global superstar status but he confessed being “so nervous because I was trying to sound like a black guy singing the blues. I tried to sound like Muddy Waters.” He demonstrated his nerves, shaking his hands and recalling how terrified he was people in the audience would look at him and say, “Oh, you’re not the real thing.” So, he sang the first two songs while hiding behind the amps.
(Watch the entire sneak peek clip in the video embedded above).
Stewart released the band’s first album, Truth, with The Jeff Beck Group to critical acclaim in 1968. It peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart and it helped serve as an introduction for Stewart and Wood in the American music scene.
Stewart, of course, was involved in several bands before breaking out as an international solo music superstar, having a total of nine career UK chart-topping albums, with his most recent chart summit being for his latest (and 30th) studio album Blood Red Roses. Stewart is pushing toward career sales of over 200 million albums and is one of the best-selling artists in music history. He’s been knighted by Prince William, is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a Grammy Award-winning artist. At 73, it still feels good to see fans embracing his latest effort to such a chart-topping, fierce degree with Blood Red Roses and he chats about his latest success with Rather.
As previously reported, the album’s single “Didn’t I” hits close to home for the British native singer-songwriter and father of eight children. It deals with a parent trying to warn his child about the harm using drugs causes.
An AXS TV press statement about Stewart’s impending “Big Interview” guest spot quotes him talking with Rather about “Didn’t I’s” tough subject matter saying, ““It’s a pretty controversial subject… it’s about parents that are worried about their teenage kids. I’ve had a little bit of that problem with my own kids—only a little bit—and it is scary… I think the song is registering with people that have teenagers that are getting into drugs.”
Rod Stewart recently announced his 2019 UK stadium tour to support Blood Red Roses and he’s currently touring in the U.S. on a fall tour which includes a stop at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Oct. 16 with Cyndi Lauper as a special guest (Tickets). He’ll also return to his Rod Stewart: The Hits Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace for a string of dates beginning on Nov. 21 (Tickets). Stay tuned to AXS for Rod Stewart updates.
Watch Rod Stewart’s entire captivating conversation with Dan Rather on “The Big Interview” tomorrow, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV or set your DVR now so you don’t miss a minute of the episode.