Rod Stewart Speaks! Hear Our Interview With the World's Most Successful Crooner

November 14, 2006 8:51 AM ET

Before we debut this week's cover image (and an excerpt of the world's exclusive, first-ever extensive out of character talk with Sacha Baron Cohen) we're sharing another feature from the new Rolling Stone, which hits stands Wednesday in New York and L.A.; Friday everywhere else. And that feature is none other than Rod Stewart, who — with another hit album, a beautiful fiancee, homes all over the world and a seat at his local pub — is leading a pretty good life. Get Rolling Stone-style access to the Lord of the Manor with this audio interview. And get a taste of our hilarious story here.

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