Rod Stewart is reuniting with his early-’70s band the Faces, featuring surviving members Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones and from Who drummer Kenny Jones. Jones revealed the group’s plans, telling Bang Showbiz: “We’ve done about 14 songs, it’s a mixture of stuff we never released which is worthy of releasing and there’s some new stuff which is really wonderful. Rod is writing the lyrics and he’s really keen on it.”
Sadly, keyboardist Ian McLagan died in 2014, with bassist Ronnie Lane passing in 1997 at age 51 after suffering from multiple sclerosis for over two decades.
Kenny Jones went on to say the trio is eying live dates in support of the new project: “Whether or not we’re going to go on a big extended tour remains to be seen. What we have decided is to do some really big gigs like The O2, Maddison Square Garden, some other big venues in America.”
Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, and Kenney Jones last reunited on September 5th, 2015. The concert at Surrey, England’s Hurtwood Park Polo Club benefited Prostate Cancer UK, and marked the first time in 22 years that Rod had taken to the stage to publicly front the Faces.
The Faces’ seven-song set marked the first time all three members had played live together since their 1993 appearance at England’s Brit Awards. In recent years, the Faces have played a string of shows featuring Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall on lead vocals. In 2012, the band was inducted — along with its sister group, the Small Faces, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Back in the day, Rod Stewart was quick to explain that despite his superstardom on his own and with the Faces, he was not the band’s leader: “I’ve never wanted to be the leader of a band — I never wanted to be a dictator, y’know? I never wanted to tell the band what they’ve got to play. I’ve always tried to, sort of, submerge myself within the band. Y’know, I just wanna be the singer in the group.”