May 20 - Rock veteran Rod Stewart scores his first number one in 34 years with his new self-penned album ''Time.'' Kathi Urban reports.
Admittedly, there were a few numbers two's and three's in between, but it's taken Rod Stewart 34 years to re-claim the charts top spot. All the more reason to celebrate. "Time", the singer's first self-penned album in more than twenty years finally broke the spell on Sunday (May 19). Something he'd have expected? SOUNDBITE: Rod Stewart, on number one surprise, saying (English): "Well, no to be honest. Especially, when I was putting the album together -- I mean that's the great glory of the business I am in. Everything is wonderfully unpredictable." It's rarely been quiet around the veteran rocker. Whilst Stewart has continuously been making music, he credits writing his new autobiography for helping him find his muse again. SOUNDBITE: Rod Stewart, on writing a new album, saying (English): "I haven't been exactly sitting on my bottom. But as I've said you know I was putting the book together and one inspired the other and being surrounded by family and friends you know I suddenly realised what a stock of stuff I had to write about, a huge amount of stuff. I've been on this planet for some time." Now at age sixty-eight Stewart proves he's still got it in him. And he says he has no intention of slowing down any time soon. SOUNDBITE: Rod Stewart, on his retirement plans, saying (English): "I would be kidding if I didn't say I think about it you know. I've always said for the last twenty years there'll be a bell goes off in your consciousness and you'll say well, that's time to knock it on the head. But at the moment I thoroughly enjoy what I'm doing and I can't wait for the tour to start." And he's talking about the "Live The Life Tour" of course, which is due to kick off on June 1 in the UK before heading off to Europe and North America.