Rock legend Rod Stewart has voiced his surprise at not yet receiving a Knighthood.
The 68 year old British singer-songwriter is considered one of the best selling artists of all time, having sold over 100 million albums worldwide. He believes his decision to move to America to avoid paying high taxes has cost him the top honour of being knighted.
He said that it is unfair. Why? Well there is the fact that fellow British artists Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Tom Jones, neither of whom reside in the UK, were still awarded the title. He said: “Mick doesn’t pay taxes here and Tom lives in America.”
Despite his earlier comments about unfairness, Stewart says he is ‘not bothered’ about the Knighthood, ”If my time comes, it will. But if it doesn’t, I’m not bothered.”
And while it would seem he does envy Mick Jagger’s title, Stewart doesn’t appear to believe the Rolling Stones frontman is any match for his own vocals saying, “Mick’s a fine blues singer, but technically not as good as me. He’s made the best of what he’s got.”
He hopes that the Stones will end their careers soon giving himself a window of opportunity to reunite The Faces, with his friend Ronnie.
“Ronnie and I talk about it, and when the Stones finish we’ll have a window of opportunity - if we’re not on zimmers. Keep the faith.”
In trying to make light of the whole situation Stewart did add, “The queen and I have one thing in common. The same hairstyle for 45 years!”
Rod Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster currently live in Los Angeles with their children.