By: Gary Graff
Rod Stewart rolls out "Time," his first album of all-new material since 2001's "Human," today (May 7).
Stewart tells us that he had largely given up the idea of writing songs but was inspired by his friend and onetime band member Jim Cregan:
"I was sitting at my house in England, and my good friend Jim Cregan came around and said, 'Com one, let's try to write a song.' And I said, 'No, I can't be bothered. Those days are over.' So we sat down, I started humming a melody. He took it away and sent it back and said, 'Listen, this is pretty good.' So I wrote some words for it, and ever since then it's been just flowing like a river."
But Stewart adds he's confident fans fine a different tenor to the songs on "Time" than they do in his earlier music:
"The themes to the songs are a little more adult now. There's no 'Hot Legs' or 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy.' But they're, I think, songs people can relate to."
Stewart produced "Time" and co-wrote 11 of its 12 songs, adding a cover of Tom Waits' "Picture in a Frame." Stewart will take part in a "Legends on Twitter" live chat 4 p.m. EST today to talk about the album.
A European tour begins June 1 in England, while an eight-show run at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas runs July 20-Aug. 4 and a 10-show North American trek kicks off October 17 in Greensboro, N.C.
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