Crown ArchetypeRod Stewart's new memoir, Rod: The Autobiography, is full of true stories of ***, ***** and rock 'n' roll, but it also includes the origin and then denial of one particular rumor that's been dogging the singer for years. You may know the one we're talking about...the one that involves sailors and a stomach pump.
In an excerpt from Rod published in Rolling Stone magazine, Stewart explains that the entire story was a fabrication cooked up by Tony Toon, his assistant and publicist in the '70s, as a way to get back at him after Rod fired him.
According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, one night, he, his family and Toon were staying in a hotel that had been overbooked. As a result, Rod and his then-wife Alana shared a room with their kids Sean and Kimberly, while Tony was asked to share an adjoining room with Alana's son Ashley, from her previous marriage to George Hamilton.
Stewart goes on to say that Toon, who was ***, picked up a man and brought him back to his room that night, despite the presence of young Ashley. Rod was furious and fired him the next morning. Tony then called the press and told them the outrageous tale -- which Rod calls an "absolutely inspired" bit of revenge.
After denying that it ever took place, Stewart writes, "With minor variations...this story has stayed with me ever since. Say what you like about Tony Toon -- and God rest his soul -- but he was good at his job."
Rod: The Autobiography is in stores Tuesday.
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