Despite being a world famous celebrity who’s been knighted by the queen, Rod Stewart clearly isn’t above rolling up his sleeves and putting in a hard day’s work — at least when he has the right motivation. In this case, the hard work was filling in potholes on the street outside his home in Essex County, England, northeast of London. The motivation was protecting his Ferrari.
Okay, the Ferrari thing sounds like a rock star problem, but Sir Rod did have other people in mind, too. “People are bashing their cars up,” the 77-year-old rocker said. “The other day, there was an ambulance with a burst tire. My Ferrari can’t go through here at all. So me and the boys thought we’d come do it ourselves.”
In an Instagram post, Rod Stewart can be seen in a tracksuit with a fluorescent safety vest and green sneakers, shoveling gravel from the back of a truck. In a caption accompanying the video, Stewart writes, “Working for a living. Filling holes is good for the soul!”
Maybe Rod’s next single should be a cover of the Doobie Brothers’ “Takin’ It To The Streets.” It’s actually not surprising that he’s so handy with a shovel. According to Business Insider, Rod Stewart briefly worked as a gravedigger at Highgate Cemetery in London when he was a teenager.
The BBC reports that the Essex County Council Cabinet Member for highways maintenance has promised to investigate the condition of Rod’s road. There has also been a lot of reaction from fans on social media, including a “Bravo Rod!” from Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones. This one is my favorite:
Asked how bad it was Rod said:— Wallace (@thisguywallace) March 12, 2022
‘The first rut is the deepest’