Credit: Penny LancasterRod Stewart‘s 2013 album Time was a success, and featured his first new, original songs in years. Now Stewart says he’s going to release another new album this spring, but what it’s going to sound like may surprise you.

Vegas Player magazine reports that the singer’s forthcoming record will feature a lot of “Celtic melodies” — perhaps reflecting his Scottish heritage — and that he’s also been experimenting with ska and reggae sounds. “Believe it or not, I’ve got 10 tracks ready for the new album,” he tells the magazine. “I’ve got songs coming out of my bum at the moment,” he says with a laugh. “I just wish I could have had this 25 or 30 years ago. I was enjoying myself too much then.”

Meanwhile, Rod is currently performing in Las Vegas at his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and he’ll be back in January and February for more shows there before he heads to Australia on tour. Asked how much longer he plans to record and tour, Stewart tells the magazine, “As long as the voice is there, I’ll keep going. I’ve been really lucky with my voice. It’s stayed in pretty good shape. It gets a bit of a battering now and then — four shows in six days — but I look after it as if it were the crown jewels.”

Adds the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, “It’s all about being comfortable with what you do, who you are, what you wear, what you say and who you mix with. I’m very comfortable in the suit I’m wearing at the moment. When I do feel uncomfortable, I will step aside and there’s no doubt that day will come. We all know nothing can last forever.”

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