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Rod Stewart axes 'inappropriate songs' from set list but has 'no regrets' about recording them


Legendary musician Rod Stewart has recently discussed the classic songs he no longer performs as he “needs to be careful” these days.

During a Times Radio interview the 76-year-old was asked if he felt he could get away with releasing songs like Lost Paraguayos or his smash hit Maggie May now, with the suggestion being that he would simply be “cancelled”.

The rock stars latest album, The Tears of Hercules, features many songs that explore the themes of sex, love and relationships but Rod deems them more appropriate than his old hits.



Rod Stewart during the filming for the Graham Norton Show

Maggie May centres around a toyboy singing to his older lover, while Lost Paraguayos features what interviewer John Pienaar described as the singer’s “ridiculously young girlfriend”.

“You couldn’t do those now because you would be cancelled, wouldn’t you?” asked John.

Rod replied: “You know, I think if you listen to the new album there’s two or three songs that are about girlfriends and having sex.

“I mean it’s such a huge part of life. I think what you have to be careful of now is what you say in those songs,” he cautioned in his interview with Times Radio.

“You know, I don’t do Stay With Me or Hot Legs anymore, because they’re not appropriate. They were in the 70s but they’re not anymore.”

Hot Legs in particular, which is considered to be one of Rod’s most shamelessly filthy numbers, includes a line that suggests the subject is 17-years-old, while other lines like “you’re still in school” and “bring your mother too” ensure that this song would definitely not fly today.

When asked if he regretted his past hits or whether he felt it was “a good thing”, Rod confirmed the latter.

“Well I think it’s a good thing. It’s a good thing you know,” he said.

“The lyrics of those songs were very blunt. Rock and roll was and it has always been blunt back from the off-go.”

In a previous interview, Sir Rod opened up about his sex life during the 1970s, describing how he felt like something was missing with the women he was intimate with.

Thankfully, the star went on to “find what he was looking for” eventually, meeting his third wife Penny Lancaster in 1999.

Speaking candidly in an interview with the Telegraph, Rod claimed sex was “always there” for him if he wanted it, which in turn made the whole process of casual intimacy “boring”.



Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster attend the Pride Of Britain Awards 2021.

He said: “I did nothing wrong at all. I never had sex with anybody underage, never forced anybody to have sex.

“In fact, sex was always too much for me, it was always there, and it became boring.

“There were a lot of beautiful women, but we had nothing to say at the end of the evening.

“I would long for one woman in my life, I longed to be in a romance, a relationship that was a lot deeper than just sex. And I found it,” he said.

The star met his third wife Penny in 1999, fathered their first child in 2005 and they later went on to marry in 2007.

The pair share two sons together: 16-year-old Alistair and Aiden,10, who was born in 2011.

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