Rod Stewart - Rod Stewart: Why have I not been knighted?
Rod Stewart is baffled about why he hasn't been knighted despite many of his musical peers such as Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Tom Jones receiving the honour, despite their status as British tax exiles.
Rod Stewart is baffled about why he hasn't been knighted.
The 68-year-old rock legend left Britain in the 70s to evade paying 83p in the £1 in tax to the Inland Revenue and he believes this is what has stopped him receiving the honour from Queen Elizabeth II.
Rod - who lives in Los Angeles with his wife Penny Lancaster and their children - says it's not fair because fellow British singers like Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Tom Jones who left the UK still were awarded the prestigious title.
Rod told Radio Times magazine: ''Mick doesn't pay taxes here and Tom lives in America.''
Although Rod is ''not bothered'' about being knighted he joked about having one thing in common with the queen - his unchanging hair style.
He added: ''If my time comes, it will. But if it doesn't, I'm not bothered. The queen and I have one thing in common. The same hairstyle for 45 years!''
Rod is also convinced he is a better performer than Rolling Stones frontman Mick - who received glittering reviews following his energetic performance at the Glastonbury festival on Saturday night (29.06.13).
He said: ''Mick is a fine blues singer but technically not as good as me. He's made the best of what he's got.''
He is hoping the Rolling Stones - which also include Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts - will end their career soon as he wants to reunite The Faces with his friend Ronnie.
He said: ''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.''
Rod, 68, appears in documentary, 'Can't Stop Me Now', on BBC One at 10.35pm next Tuesday (09.07.13) about his hard living days on the road as a rock star.