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Rod Stewart "Not Bothered" By the Fact That He's Not a Knight

Image courtesy of Credit: Penny Lancaster (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Credit: Penny Lancaster (via ABC News Radio)

Many legendary rock stars who used to make headlines for their bad behavior are now so respectable that they've been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II .  But Rod Stewart , who so far doesn't have a "Sir" in front of his name, says he's not holding his breath.

Rod was named a CBE -- Commander of the British Empire -- in 2007 for his services to music, but that's one rank down from a knight. Speaking to the British magazine Radio Times , Rod says of his failure to be knighted like his pals Sir Paul McCartney , Sir Elton John , Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Tom Jones , "If my time comes, it will.  And if it doesn't, I'm not bothered.  Are you kidding? I never expected a CBE."

And speaking of Sir Tom Jones, Rod says that unlike the "It's Not Unusual" singer, he'd never, ever consider becoming a coach on a show like The Voice .  "Over my dead body," he tells the Radio Times .  "I haven't the time, and I'm sure they wouldn't ask me.  I'm not really into television."

Rod does enjoy watching Downton Abbey , though -- told the Radio Times back in December, "It’s really intelligent storytelling."

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