Sir Rod Stewart has announced an exclusive signing event to mark the release of his 30th studio album 'Blood Red Roses'.

Sir Rod Stewart

Sir Rod Stewart

The rock legend will give fans the chance to meet him and get his autograph on copies of the record at hmv's flagship Oxford Street store on October 3, following the official release of the LP on September 28 on Decca Records.

The 'I Don't Want to Talk About It' hitmaker released his latest album after three years away.

It includes an emotional ballad from the perspective of a concerned parent.

The 73-year-old star - who has two sons, Alastair, 12, and Aiden, seven, with his wife Lady Penny Lancaster, plus six grown-up children from past relationships - released 'Didn't I', which is about the damage drugs can do.

Though the song isn't said to be about any of his own brood, the former Faces star's son Sean, 38 - whom he has with his former model wife Alana Stewart - has previously battled addiction but came out the other side thanks to his dad's support and stints in rehab.

On the track, he belts: "But you thought it was cool, and I was just an old fool ... Now I stand by your bedside watching you fight for your life."

The raw song also includes a line about a father advising his daughter "that stuff is going to kill you" as she makes the move to Hollywood.

'Didn't I' is the first taste of the 'Maggie May' hitmaker's "deeply personal" 13-track collection containing all new material and three bonus covers.

Rod commented: "I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy.

"Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in songwriting."

The record's release comes nearly 50 years after the musician signed his very first solo recording contract.

'Blood Red Roses' - which follows 2015's critically-acclaimed 'Another Country' - sees Rod team up with his long-term collaborator Kevin Savigar on some of the star's finest acoustic folk songs, pure unadulterated rock'n'roll and Motown-tinged pop numbers.

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