By Brian Ives
Over the weekend, the three surviving Faces – drummer Kenney Jones, guitarist Ron Wood and singer Rod Stewart – reunited for a one-off gig: a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer U.K. at the Huntwood Polo Club in Surrey, England.
It was the first time Stewart performed with the Faces in public in over two decades. In recent years, Wood and Jones, along with keyboardist Ian MacLagan (who passed away in December of 2014) toured as the Faces with Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall on vocals. In fact, Stewart was supposed to perform with the Faces at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, but cancelled with less than 24 hours notice (Hucknall flew to Cleveland from England to make the ceremony).
The Faces’ set over the weekend featured seven songs, including the band’s most recognizable hits, “Stay With Me,” their cover of the Temptations’ “(I Know) I’m Losing You” and “Ooh La La” (which was originally sung by the band’s late bass player Ronnie Lane).
Stewart, Wood and Jones were accompanied by a number of other musicians (mostly from Stewart’s band) including a bass player, two keyboard players, backing singers and, at times, a second guitarist.
Stewart’s recent shows have been Vegas-y extravaganzas (he’s done Vegas residencies, which clearly inform his regular concerts), but here’s hoping he finds time in his schedule to do at least a few U.S. gigs with this incarnation of his former band.
At the least, it seemed that Stewart, Wood and Jones all enjoyed the show.
Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) September 06, 2015
Thank you everyone for coming to Rock n Horsepower yesterday - I hope you had a fantastic time!—
Kenney Jones (@KenneyJones) September 06, 2015
Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) September 05, 2015
However, Stewart’s next album, Another Country, is due out October 23 and he has booked his Vegas show for a string of dates in March and April. Although Wood recently told Radio.com that the trio have been mulling Faces U.S. dates. For Wood’s part, the Rolling Stones are rumored to be touring a bit in 2016.