Rod Stewart spills his guts to Katie (VIDEO)
By April MacIntyre Oct 24, 2012, 4:06 GMT
Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster - 2011 Emeralds & Ivy Ball in Aid of Cancer Research UK - Arrivals - Supernova - London, UK © Landmark / PR Photos
Rod Stewart has a new album and memoir to sell, ergo his appearance on the Katie Couric chat show.
On the Tuesday, October 23rd edition of the nationally-syndicated talk show, Katie, (check local listings, katiecouric.com) Katie Couric interviewed legendary rocker and father of eight, Rod Stewart.
His new memoir, Rod: The Autobiography, covers five decades of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, and he sits down with Katie for his first U.S. television interview about his new tell-all.
Stewart also opened up about the one who broke his heart: Rachel Hunter.
Rod said, “She was only 21 and I think I was 45 so she hadn’t spread her wings, she hadn’t grown, she hadn’t lived. She needed to do that. She felt being married to me was just following me in my footsteps…in the shadow of Rod all the time.”.
CLIP 1: Katie Couric and Rod Stewart play “Fact or Fiction” game with the audience
KC: Fact or fiction? Rod once needed to get his stomach pumped after an encounter with sailors at a gay bar in San Diego.
Audience Member: Fact!
RS: Thank you, darling, thank you. Just winding me up aren’t you? This is actually what happened. I used to have this guy work for me, he was a gay publicist. He’s dead now so he might be watching. I had to fire him because he did something terrible, which I won’t go into. So, he wanted revenge so he started this rumor about me, and it was horrible because my kids were at school. So that is definitely not true.
KC: But it just kept going on and on and it became accepted, right?
RS: No, it was never accepted. I’m as heterosexual as they come.
KC: Okay, alright. Fact or fiction? Rod was blacklisted and banned from all Holiday Inns for one too many trashed rooms.
KC: Your band was the first ever to receive this honor, I understand. Is that true?
RS: In the old days it was like The Who and The Faces were known for smashing up hotel rooms, and it was silly I know. We did it because we were being ignored by the hotel staff because we weren’t famous in those days. So they would treat us like real dirt. So what happened, we actually then started checking in as Fleetwood Mac.
KC: [laughs]You did?
RS: Because Fleetwood Mac weren’t heard of either. We were all unheard of, so we were Fleetwood Mac for a little while.
KC: That’s funny. Alright. Fact or fiction? Rod was such a stand-out in Mr. Wainwright’s music room in school, he would volunteer to sing solos in front of the class.
KC: In fact, you hated to sing when you were a little boy.
RS: Yeah, I was probably eight or nine, maybe a little bit older. So I met this guy and he was a real bully and he knew I didn’t like singing. And he would pull me up in front of the class and I would have to sing. So I thought, how am I going to get out of this, this is really vile.
KC: I know, I read about this, it is vile.
RS: Should I go into this?
KC: Yeah, go ahead.
RS: So what I used to do – you know when your kids are sick at school and they get sent home. So what I used to do is make a little bowl of sick.
KC: He actually would make fake vomit with mashed potatoes from his lunch, carrots, and a little meat. He would mush it up with water.
RS: Spit in it, stir it up and then throw it out the playground. And my mate would go, ‘Please sir, Stewart’s been sick.’ And then he would come over and go, ‘Poor boy, take him home.’
KC: And that all to get out of music class?
RS: All to get out of music class. Isn’t it funny how it’s turned out?
CLIP 2: Rod Stewart’s reaction to photos
KC: So we wanted to start by saying, Rod Stewart, this is your life.
RS: Who? Ah.
KC: Yeah, Rod’s life in pictures. By the way Rod…not many brunettes in the bunch…
RS: All blondes.
KC: Do you have a type?
RS: No just the 2, there’s Kelly Lebrock and Joanna Lumley.
KC: Yeah, is it funny when you look at this, what comes to mind?
RS: Well I tell you what, I feel worn out already. God.
KC: No wonder, right?
RS: I do, I feel worn—no, go on.
KC: Have you always been a dog?
RS: A dog?!
KC: No, I mean you have bedded a lot of women in your day.
RS: No, no, no this is another. Let me get this straight. That is not thousands of women, is it? Like Bill Wyman who said he’s at like two thousand. I’ll be lucky if I’ve had probably 50.
RS: Yeah! I was never a “shagger arounder.” Is this is a daytime television show?
KC: That’s okay, that’s okay.
Clip 3: Rod Stewart on Rachel Hunter
KC: Now ironically, Rachel Hunter is the one who ended up breaking your heart.
KC: You all were married for eight years, is that right?
RS: Eight years, yeah. Seven or eight years.
KC: And then, she left you.
KC: Did you feel as if maybe you were getting your comeuppance at that point? Or what was it like to have your heart broken?
RS: Well it did, yeah. It did feel like karma at the time, I must admit cause my track record was terrible with women, but you know, at the time my sister said to me that she thought Rachel was far too young to get married. She was only 21 and I think I was 45. She hadn’t spread her wings, she hadn’t grown, she hadn’t lived. She needed to do that. She felt being married to me was just following me in my footsteps. In the shadow of Rod all the time. So you know, it’s one of those things, it’s life and we all moved on.
Clip 4: Rod Stewart’s big fan
KC: You have some very, very passionate fans so we decided to put one of them to the test to see just how well they know your songs. So we have someone, Jackie from Phoenix is here and she’s come… Jackie come on up! Come on up! Jackie, alright come on up here Jackie.
Rod: Come Jackie, hi darling.
Jackie: Oh my god!
KC: Alright, Jackie come stand next to—okay.
RS: Jackie, sit down. I’ll sit here?
KC: No you sit here Rod. Jackie you stand next to Rod.
Jackie: I don’t think I can stand, I don’t think my legs –
KC: you want to spend eternity with Rod Stewart, explain, explain that because this actually serious, slash scary. Go ahead.
Jackie: Well I won’t be alive so you won’t have anything to worry about. I’ve asked that my ashes be spread over one of your estates. You can pick which one. Yeah, you can pick which estate, I just figured that was as close as I would ever get to you
RS: Well you are a lot closer now.
J: Oh my gosh, I cannot believe this. I am freaking out.
KC: Well, you are doing really well. We’re going to play a little game.
RS: I feel terrible, you should sit down (gestures to Jackie).
Jackie: I should sit down.
KC: Alright, here Rod, this is your mike. You hold on to that one Jackie. We’re going to play a little game. This is how it’s going to work.
Jackie: I can’t remember my name right now, let alone…
KC: Rod is going to sing a few bars of some of his biggest hits, and when he stops singing, you need to continue and sing the lyrics of the song he’s singing. Does that sound good?
RS: Or you can go home now.
KC: If Jackie gets all these songs right, everybody gets to go home with a copy of Rod’s autobiography. So no pressure, no pressure! And, if she doesn’t get the songs right, there is a Barnes and Noble right around the corner.
KC: Alright Rod, let’s start with “Young Turks”
RS (sings): “Billy left his home with a dollar in his pocket and a head full of dreams.
He said somehow, some way.”
Jackie: Is it My turn? “it's gotta get better than this.”
KC: Keep going!
Jackie: “Patti packed her bags, left a note for her momma, she was just seventeen,
There were tears in her eyes when she kissed her little sister goodbye.”
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