Rod Stewart may be closing in on the big 8-0, but a farewell tour isn’t in the two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s future.

“I don’t see any possibility of slowing down anytime soon,” Rod tells Hello! magazine. “And as I get older, I only really want to do things that give me great pleasure.”

His wife Penny Lancaster confirms that, telling Hello!, “He loves what he does so much and will never retire. He’s a workaholic and constantly on the move. I struggle to keep up with his training schedule. He works out three or four times a week – even on tour.”

Having wrapped a European tour, Rod heads to Las Vegas next for his final run of residency shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  Some North American tour dates follow that, including a September 13 stadium show with Billy Joel in Cleveland.

But in between all the work, Rod makes time for his ever-growing family of eight kids, their spouses and their children. He tells Hello! that his approach to parenthood has changed over the years.

“I used to be much more preoccupied with myself and my career,” he says. “But I’ve learnt from my mistakes and am more present.” 

Penny adds, “We like to take every opportunity to bring the family, children, and grandchildren together … it requires a lot of planning, but at least two or three times a year, the whole clan comes together.” 

She believes that family is what keeps Rod going, “especially the younger generation. They give him strength and drive.”

And what keeps Rod and Penny going?  He says, “We listen to each other and try to resolve all our disagreements — the dirty laundry as Penny says — right away, and before we go to bed.”

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