Rocker Rod Stewart says a video of him pretending to cut his friend's throat in the desert was an homage to "Game of Thrones," not -- as The Daily Mail in England interpreted it -- "re-enacting a sick ISIS beheading execution."
The 72-year-old singer's wife, Penny Lancaster, posted the video (which has since been deleted) to her Instagram account. Stewart released a statement saying, "From re-enacting the Beatles' Abbey Road crossing to spontaneously playing out 'Game Of Thrones', we were simply larking about pre-show. Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended."
Ishtar 2 wasn't a good idea. pic.twitter.com/4pmTstK0ab— Tom Reagan's Hat (@andymannion777) March 3, 2017
Of course, not everyone was offended. British pub The Guardian's reaction? "I can't think of anything more unbearably vulgar than demanding good taste from our rock stars."
According to Politico.eu, Stewart's video was shot in Abu Dhabi, where he just performed as part of his The Hits 2017 tour.
Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 as a solo artist and in 2012 as a member of the group Faces. He was knighted in June 2016 for "services to music and charity." So that's Sir Rod Stewart who's such a big fan of the Red Wedding.