Rod Stewart dropped by The Tonight Show last night to plug his latest studio album, Another Country, available now.
Another Country, like Stewart’s previous album, Time, marks a return to songwriting for the 70-year-old British rocker. He co-wrote 10 of the songs, including the lullaby, “Batman Superman Spider-Man,” inspired by the youngest of his eight children, Aiden Patrick Stewart.
“He would always say, ‘Dad, read me a story,”” and I’d go, “Well, what about?'” recalls Stewart. “And he’d say, ‘Batman, Superman or Spider-Man.'” I said, ‘All right, [I’ve got] a song here.”
When Fallon asked the the “Maggie May” singer if he thought his career would last this long, he replied, “Not when I started out, obviously I didn’t. It has it’s ups and downs. You sell a lot of albums one week and not the next, so you’ve just got to keep piling through it.”
Adds Rod, “But the most important thing is I enjoy it, and I think it shows.”
Rod and his longtime pal, Elton John, sang a duet together onstage at the inaugural Brits Icon Award in 2013. Rod told ABC News back then that they’d be performing a lot more together if he had his way, and told Fallon during the interview he still feels the same.
So far, Elton hasn’t been as keen on launching a full-blown tour, and Rod thinks he knows why: “I think he gets worried ’cause he’s stationary, he’s at the piano. He knows I can still jump about,” he jokes. “But if he can get over that little hump, he’ll be okay.”
However, there’s still a glimmer of hope, according to Stewart. “In the last week we’ve emailed each other every day. It’s quite extraordinary,” he says. “I don’t know why, but we all love each other again and we’re paly-waly.”
Later, Rod performed “Please,” from Another Country.