By: Jim Johnson
The surviving Faces — Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, and Kenney Jones — reunited on Saturday night (Sept. 5), according to Rolling Stone.
The concert at Surrey, England’s Hurtwood Park Polo Club benefitted Prostate Cancer UK, and marked the first time in 22 years that Rod has taken to the stage to publicly front the Faces. Sadly, keyboardist Ian McLagan died last December, with bassist Ronnie Lane passing in 1997 at age 51 after suffering from multiple sclerosis for over two decades.
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.
• The 5,000-strong crowd saw the band tear through “I Feel So Good,” “You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything,” “Ooh La La,” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” “(I Know) I’m Losing You,” “Stay With Me,” and “Sweet Little Rock & Roller.”
• Kenney Jones feels that these days Rod Stewart is more willing to embrace his hard-rocking Faces past: “Now he’s discovered himself again, which is what I’m hearing all the time is that he’s discovered. . . a bit more back to his roots — a bit more rock n’ roll. The Faces never finished on a good note. So, it’d be good to finish on a good note and that would be that.”
• Although both the Faces’ legion of fans — and the Faces themselves — have blamed the lack of formal reunion shows down to Rod Stewart’s disinterest, Rod has long maintained that it was all down to Ron Wood’s busy schedule with the Rolling Stones. During the last spate of reunion rumors, Rod gave us his side to the story: “Well, now Woody goes quiet, now he’s got a few gigs with the Stones, y’know, you don’t hear anything of it; he’s all wrapped. . . That’s the main reason why we can’t get ’round to doing it, is until they, that lot pack up for good — and I don’t think that’ll ever be happening quite soon, I can’t commit to it, ’cause Woody’ll say, ‘Well, I gotta do this with the Stones’ and I’ll say, ‘Hold on — but I gave you eight months of this year for the Faces,’ y’know? But we’re all good mates and I swear on my life, it’ll happen one day.”
• Newly released is You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (1970-1975), the Faces‘ latest box set, which features newly remastered versions of all four of the band’s studio albums, plus a bonus disc of rarities.
• The collection includes The First Step (1970), Long Player (1971), A Nod Is As Good As A Wink. . . To A Blind Horse (1971), and Ooh La La (1973).
• All the discs feature unreleased bonus tracks recorded in conjunction with each set.
CHECK IT OUT: The Faces on Saturday night performing “(I Know) I’m Losing You”:
CHECK IT OUT: The Faces on Saturday night performing “Stay With Me”: