Ron Wood revealed that the Rolling Stones have been busy prepping a 40th anniversary edition of their 1981 chart-topper, Tattoo You album. During a new chat with The Times, Wood — as is his custom — spilled the beans on both the Stones’ project as well as the Faces‘ first sessions since 1974.
Wood broke the news stating: “Me and Mick (Jagger) have done nine new tracks for the (40th anniversary) re-release of Tattoo You. And me, Rod (Stewart) and Kenney (Jones) have been recording some new Faces music.”
Tattoo You was released on August 24th, 1981 and spent a whopping nine weeks on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Around the time of Tattoo You’s release, Mick Jagger spoke about life as a rock musician two decades into his career: “I’m not trying to be an innovator all the time. It’s silly to try and be an innovator — you can be innovative within your own limits, y’know? You can’t be totally new all the time. Rock n’ roll us nothing if not enthusiasm. Fifty percent of rock n’ roll is enthusiasm, I think. Gotta get into it. Screaming my head off in the studio.”
When we recently caught up with Kenney Jones, he told us that the Faces’ sound came about due to Ron Wood reinventing himself as a musician: “When we first got together, Ronnie was learning how to play lead guitar. He was — and still is — a fantastic bass player. So, for him to convert from bass, it was a bit tricky, so we were with him every inch of the way when he did it. So, we were kind of learning his style along with him. So that really was a benefit to all of us — especially me.”