Faces’ Stewart, Wood and Jones Reuniting: LP, Concerts

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Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart at the 2020 BRIT Awards

Faces members Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, and Kenney Jones have recorded new songs and are said to have plans to play several arena dates. The news comes from Jones in a September 5, 2021 interview with Contact Music where the drummer says they have recorded 14 songs. The three have shared the stage numerous times since Faces called it quits well over 40 years ago. But this time, and despite Wood’s role as a member of the Rolling Stones since 1975, it appears that the British music legends will give it a go.

In the interview, Jones described the new recordings as “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.”

Jones wouldn’t commit to a full tour. “Whether or not we’re going to go on a big extended tour remains to be seen,” he said. “What we have decided is to do some really big gigs like [London’s] The O2, [New York’s] Madison Square Garden, some other big venues in America.”

Faces formed in 1969 from the ashes of Small Faces, with Jones, and his Small Faces bandmates Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan, joined by Stewart and Wood. (Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott departed to form Humble Pie.) They recorded four studio albums and scored a hit with the classic rock song “Stay With Me.” Stewart had also signed a solo recording contract and was frequently joined by his Faces bandmates.

By the mid-Seventies, the group was essentially done. Stewart’s solo career took off. Wood joined the Stones after Mick Taylor departed. And Jones joined The Who following Keith Moon’s death.

Stewart, Wood and Jones have performed together on occasion. Best Classic Bands was there in 2015 when they played seven songs for a benefit concert. Lane, who suffered from multiple sclerosis for decades, passed on June 4, 1997. McLagan died on Dec. 3, 2014. Stewart turned 76 on Jan. 10. Wood turned 74 on June 1. Jones turns 73 on Sept. 16.

Related: Our review of Faces’ 2015 mini-concert

Stewart, Wood and Jones shared the stage at the BRIT Awards on Feb. 18, 2020, at The O2 to perform “Stay With Me,” accompanied by an orchestra.

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