Wednesday, May 26, 2010


First the good news: The Faces have re-formed. Now the not-so-good news: The legendary early-'70s rock band's original singer, Rod Stewart, can't make it and is being replaced by Mick Hucknall.

The new-look Faces -- who will also include former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock in place of the late Ronnie Lane, as well as original guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Kenney Jones and keyboardist Ian McLagan -- will headline the Vintage at Goodwoodfestival in Sussex in August and plan to tour in January 2011.

Speaking to BBC News, Wood said that the Simply Red vocalist had "that electricity in his voice" and when they started rehearsing it was "as if no time had gone by and we were the same outfit."

They also refused to rule out Stewart rejoining the band at some stage but Wood claims that they "haven't got time to hang around.

"Mick's singing is hot and we're ready to go ... the time is right," he continued. "He's normally a romantic ballady singer, but he really rocks, he can really sing those songs."

In an era where rock music was getting progressively indulgent, the Faces epitomised the true spirit of rock 'n' roll for many music fans in the pre-punk era. Formed from the remains of the Small Faces after singer-guitarist Steve Marriott joined supergroup Humble Pie with guitar legend Peter Frampton, the remaining members formed the Faces with Wood and Stewart.

The band's riotous live shows featured an onstage bar and such iconic hits as 'Stay With Me,' 'Cindy Incidentally' and 'Pool Hall Richard.'

The band split up in 1975 with Wood joining the Rolling Stones and Stewart enjoying a hugely successful solo career. Ronnie Lane's post-Faces career was cut short when he contracted multiple sclerosis. He died in 1997.

Other acts performing the Vintage at Goodwood festival include Buzzcocks, Heaven 17, Sandie Shaw and Aswad.

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