Rod Stewart to rock Perth in 2015
Rod Stewart to rock Perth in 2015

Rod Stewart will be 70 years old when he kicks off his Australian tour at Perth Arena on March 21.

However, the Young Turks and Maggie May singer, right, enjoying a career resurgence thanks to a bestselling autobiography and chart-topping album, told AAA he has no plans to hang up the microphone.

"Everything has to come to an end eventually but for the time being I'm going to enjoy it," he said from Palm Beach, Florida, recently.

"I've got the energy to do it. The voice is still great. I've got a tremendous band which has got seven women in it. I couldn't be happier."

Stewart, who last visited Perth two years ago, pointed to the fact that former band mates Jeff Beck and Ronnie Wood - he played with the Rolling Stones' guitarist in Faces and Jeff Beck Group - are on the road "still hammering it out".

"Really, I don't think it's up to us to retire," he added. "The great public of the world will ring that doomsday bell for us and we'll say 'Maybe it's time to pack it in'."

After a string of successful American Songbook albums, last year the mod-turned- crooner released Time, which became his first album of original material to top the UK charts since 1976's A Night on the Town. Time peaked at No. 6 on the Australian album charts.

Last month, Stewart performed at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow. Afterwards the soccer-mad rocker tweeted a photo of himself posing without trousers in the boardroom of Celtic Football Club, the team he supports.

Tickets to his Perth Arena concert go on sale on September 16, with a presale through promoters Frontier Touring starting on September 11.

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