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Rod Stewart knew exactly what he didn’t want to do when he began penning songs for his new album Blood Red Roses, which landed in stores on September 28th. “I didn’t want to write songs like ‘Stay With Me,’ ‘Hot Legs,’ and ‘Tonight’s the Night,'” he says. “I wanted to attempt to do something a little bit more age-appropriate, and hopefully I’ve succeeded.”
The album is part of a creative renaissance for the 73-year-old that began with his 2013 LP Time and continued in 2015 with Another Country. Up until those albums he’d put songwriting on hold for well over a decade to concentrate on his Great American Songbook series along with other covers projects, but then the itch to compose his own material returned. He says that writing his 2012 memoir Rod: The Autobiography played a big role in that process, along with the realization that creating a new album no longer required endless late nights in dark studios. “I was always locked in the studio for months on end,” he says. “We’d spend two hours getting a drum sound. I’d never even see daylight. It became laborious.”
“Didn’t I” is Stewart’s first original, non-holiday song to reach the chart’s top 10 since 1999.
“Didn’t I,” the first taste of Stewart’s upcoming studio album Blood Red Roses, becomes Stewart’s first top 10 on the chart since 2012, when he spent five weeks at No. 1 with his rendition of holiday standard “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.”
In fact, “Didn’t I” marks the first time Stewart’s reached the top 10 of Adult Contemporary with a non-holiday track since 2006. That’s when his cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” climbed to No. 6 (Dec. 2, 2006).
Rod Stewart Scores 23rd Top 10 Hit on Adult Contemporary Chart With 'Didn't I'
Rod Stewart unveiled an original song, “Didn’t I,” as the first offering from his new solo album, Blood Red Roses, out September 28th via Republic Records.
“Didn’t I” is a rousing pop-rock tune packed with country flourishes. It finds Stewart singing about the damage drugs can do from a parents’ perspective.
On the track, the rocker gives off a wizened edge as he sings lines like, “Didn’t I try to tell you, that stuffs gonna kill ya?/ Oh didn’t I/ But you thought it was cool, and I was just an old fool/ Oh, look at ya!” Singer Bridget Cady – who’s toured extensively with Stewart – also provides vocals on the song.
Blood Red Roses marks Stewart’s first solo album since 2015’s Another Country. The rocker co-produced the record with his longtime collaborator Kevin Savigar. The album is available to pre-order, and will be released as both a 13-track standard edition and 16-track deluxe digital version.
“I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy,” Stewart said of Blood Red Roses. “Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing.”
Stewart is set to launch a North American tour July 24th at the Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood, Florida. Cyndi Lauper will serve as support throughout the trek.
At a concert at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl last month, Rod Stewart announced that he would be releasing a new studio album called Blood Red Roses in September, and now full details about the project have been unveiled. Blood Red Roses will hit stores on September 28, and will be available on CD and digitally in both a 13-track standard collection and 16-track deluxe version.
The album features mostly original tunes co-written by Rod, and finds the legendary singer exploring a variety of genres, including acoustic folk, soul-flavored pop, rock 'n' roll and pop balladry. The first single, "Didn't I," is a mid-tempo R&B-influenced rock tune sung from the perspective of a concerned parent whose child is battling drug issues. Fans who pre-orderBlood Red Roses will receive an instant download of the track, which also can be purchased as a digital single now.
"I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy," says Stewart. "Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing."
Rod co-produced Blood Red Roses with his frequent collaborator Kevin Savigar, who also worked on Stewart's previous three records -- 2012's Merry Christmas, Baby, 2013's Time, and 2015's Another Country.
Stewart continues his joint North American tour with Cyndi Lauper this Tuesday, July 25, in Hollywood.com. Visit RodStewart.com to check out all his dates.
Here's the full track list of Blood Red Roses:
"Look in Her eyes"
"Hole in My Heart"
"Blood Red Roses"
"Give Me Love"
"Rest of My Life"
"Rollin' & Tumblin'"
"Cold Old London"
Deluxe Bonus Tracks:
"Who Designed the Snowflake"
"It Was a Very Good Year"
"I Don't Want to Get Married"
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Left to right: Mark Friedman President Deluge Music, Stephanie Greene Gravity Gone Music, Jason Saenz and Emily Dryburgh Creative Manager Deluge Music.