Earlier this week, 'Merry Christmas, Baby' Rod Stewart's first Christmas album arrived in stores.   He'll be performing in NYC at the Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting. (and you have a chance to be there to see him)  Also out now is his memoir, titled 'Rod, which he admits to putting off for a long time because he thought it might "be beneath him."    What else does Stewart have in store for fans?  

Stewart will return to his rock roots next year.  The new record, tentatively called 'Love The Life You Live' will be his first rock album in over six years and also will feature the first original songs he's recorded in over ten years.  Stewart will be working with his longtime collaborator Jim Cregan and has written ten songs so far for the new album and says he's absolutely ecstatic about the songs.  How did the album come about?  About a year ago, Cregan asked him to write a song and Stewart told him no, those days are over.  But Stewart began to hum a melody and Cregan wrote a song, Stewart added some words to it and now the music has been "flowing like a river."  The new album should be out next February or March.  By the way, you could fly to see Stewart in NYC at the Rockerfeller Treelighting Ceremony.  Pretty cool, huh?