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Wednesday
Sep042013

Rod Stewart Wants to Tour with Elton John Before They're "Both in Wheelchairs"

Dave M. Benett/Getty ImagesOn Monday night in London, Rod Stewart presented Elton John with the inaugural Brits Icon Award, and then the two sang a duet together onstage.  But if Stewart has his way, he and John will be sharing stages together in the future for a lot more than a single evening.

Speaking to ABC News Radio, Rod says that he and Elton -- longtime friends and rivals -- are getting along so well these days that he wants to work with him more closely.  "We did do a duet on one of my Great American Songbook albums, but really I'd love to -- before we're both in wheelchairs -- go out and do a tour together," Stewart reveals, adding, "I'd love to do that."

However, it's not clear when that would actually happen.  John has just told a British paper that he wants to drastically cut back on touring since his appendicitis operation, and Stewart's schedule is pretty full at the moment.  He'll be touring Europe for the rest of the month, and then he'll kick off a U.S. tour with Steve Winwood in October.  In between those dates, he's got another run of shows scheduled for Las Vegas.  And then there's the matter of making a follow-up to his current album, Time, his first album of original material in more than a decade.

Asked if he'd continue writing original songs, Rod says that depends, but his next project may be yet another collection of classic covers.  "I'm slated to do a country album," he tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, it's probably the only genre I haven't covered."

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