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Rod Stewart Recalls His "I've Really Made It" Moment

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

After more than 40 years as a rock star, with millions of albums sold and many awards and hit singles under his belt, it's safe to say that Rod Stewart has truly made it.  But he says there was one particular experience a few years back that really convinced him of that fact, and it had nothing to do with money or album sales.

The singer tells Esquire magazine, "There's a place on the Left Bank, in Paris, where I busked outside when I was younger and had absolutely nothing...I went back with my wife a few years ago and there was a guy busking in the very same spot."

Now, here's the great part.  Stewart continues, "He was playing a guitar and he had a hat in front of him, and he was singing 'Tonight's the Night.'" 

Rod marvels, "He didn't know I was there.  He didn't see me in the back.  And I thought, How remarkable.   Those are the wonderful I-really-have-made-it moments, you know?"

Stewart also reveals to Esquire that his many kids have taught him one of the most important lessons in life.

"What I've learned over the years from my children, and improved on, is to become a better listener," he says.  "I don't have to jump in and interrupt.  I can sit back and listen to them -- which apparently I didn't use to do."

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