Is Rod Stewart Looking For Some Face-Time With His Old Bandmates?
Rod Stewart may be reuniting with his old drinking buddies and bandmates in the seventies rock group The Faces for a possible tour.
According to a report published by Billboard.com, Stewart, along with original Faces’ members Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, and Kenny Jones have booked studio time for a rehearsal next Monday, November 17, "just to check if they can remember the songs." If the reunion goes well, inside sources suggest it could extend to a tour in 2009, according to the same report.
The Faces, who for a time in the 1970’s were regarded as one of rock and roll’s premier live bands, came together in the late 1960’s after Stewart and Wood left the original Jeff Beck Group, and joined up with the remnants of the Small Faces, who had recently lost vocalist Steve Marriott, who was forming Humble Pie with guitarist Peter Frampton.
With Wood on guitar and Stewart on vocals, the newly christened Faces did double duty, making their own albums like First Step and Long Player, while backing Rod Stewart on solo albums like Gasoline Alley and his breakthrough smash Every Picture Tells A Story.
Between Stewart’s solo hits like “Maggie May” and the group’s own “Stay With Me,” the Faces quickly became a top concert draw, developing a reputation for wild shows they often played while drunk out of their skulls. The band would often take the stage to the strains of “The Stripper,” hoisting their bottles and glasses high in the air.
With Rod Stewart’s solo career eventually leading him towards more commercial avenues, and the Rolling Stones making Ron Wood an offer he couldn’t refuse, the Faces soon went their own ways in the mid-seventies. Kenny Jones even briefly replaced Keith Moon as drummer for the Who.
Rumors of a Faces reunion have continued to persist through the years however. As recently as 2004, both Wood and McLagan joined Stewart onstage at the Hollywood Bowl. "It'd be great to put the band together for charity or a one-off event," Stewart told Billboard in 2006. "Ronnie is always up for it. So's Ian and Kenney. We'd just need to find ourselves a bass player."
Perhaps the rehearsals next week will yield something more substantial. We should know soon enough.