The on-again, off-again reunion of The Faces is back on again — but Hall of Fame rocker Rod Stewart remains determined not to join his former bandmates for the event.
Couple that with Mott the Hoople’s planned reunion in London next month and you’re looking at a pretty amazing end to the year for classic rock buffs.
The Faces started out as the Small Faces, with Wood, McLagan and Jones in the lineup with frontman Steve Marriott. When Marriott went off and formed Humble Pie – later joined by a young Peter Frampton – the Small Faces regrouped.
Wood and Stewart left the Jeff Beck Group and signed on for what became The Faces. Lane later left and was replaced by Japanese-born bassist Tetsu Yamauchi.
The Faces had a pretty successful run, scoring with hits like “Stay With Me” before splintering themselves — the band was killed by Stewart’s burgeoning solo career and Wood’s decision to spend more and more time with the Rolling Stones, where he eventually joined full-time to replace Mick Taylor.
In 1979, Jones joined The Who to replace Keith Moon, while McLagan reportedly turned down an offer to join as well, opting instead to tour with the Stones alongside Wood.
Over the years several of the members played together, and the full original lineup played together in 1986. Another reunion show in the late 1990s lacked Lane, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and died in 1997.
Last year, word leaked that the four remaining members would reunite in a more official sense, and reportedly even practiced together in anticipation. But Stewart eventually soured on the idea and, despite Wood’s repeated prodding, has moved on with his own highly successful solo career.
Well, for now at least. We’ll hope he changes his mind.
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