Universal Music GroupIt's a productive time for Rod Stewart. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently kicked of a new joint tour with Stevie Nicks, and he has plans to issue an autobiography and his first Christmas album before the end of the year. In addition, he has a series of shows lined up in Las Vegas in September and October, part of his ongoing residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. If all that wasn't enough, Stewart also is working on an album of original tunes that he's planning to release in 2013 via a recently announced deal with Universal Music Group.
In a recent interview with Cleveland newspaper The Plain Dealer, Stewart reveals that he's completed 15 tracks for the new collection, which he says will be reminiscent of his classic 1970 solo album, Gasoline Alley.
"When I signed with Universal, [CEO Lucian Grainge,] said to me, 'All I want you to do is make an updated Gasoline Alley,'" he explains. "So that's what I started doing."
He adds about the new material, "I've tackled what I call grown-up problems. There are songs with advice to my kids, and I've written a song about divorce."
Stewart also points out that, so far, the album doesn't include any ballads or tongue-in-cheek tunes like his late 1970s hits "Hot Legs" and "Do Ya Think I'm ****?" One song that will be featured is a cover of the Elmore James blues standard "Shake Your Moneymaker," although the singer stresses that that tune isn't representative of most of the songs that will appear on the record.
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