Are Faces Finally Reuniting?

Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart in 2020
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For nearly 50 years since Rod Stewart's solo career took off in the '70s, fans have asked one question over and over: will the Faces - the band he played in with longtime friend and guitarist Ronnie Wood - ever reunite? Wood's got good news for fans: it sounds like the answer is finally "yes."

The guitarist told The Times that he, Stewart and drummer Kenney Jones "have been recording some new Faces music" in a new interview. (Wood also confirms that The Rolling Stones - the band he joined after Faces dissolved - have completed work on tracks for an upcoming 40th anniversary edition of the band's Tattoo You.)

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If and when the music is released, it will end literal decades of speculation ever since the group - consisting of Stewart and Wood (known at the time as members of The Jeff Beck Group) and Jones, keyboardist Ian McLagan and bassist Ronnie Lane (all former members of The Small Faces) - split up after the release of fourth album Ooh La La in 1973. The classic line-up were last seen onstage in 1986, during an encore at one of Stewart's concerts at Wembley Stadium. (Lane, who died in 1997 due to complications of multiple sclerosis, would sing at the show but ceded bass duties to Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones.)

A number of attempts to reunite in the 2010s were often aborted due to various scheduling and health conflicts with Stewart. The band toured with Simply Red vocalist Mick Hucknall and former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock in 2010, and Hucknall filled in for Stewart after illness kept him away from Faces' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. After McLagan's passing in 2014, Stewart, Wood and Jones played several private events together, including Stewart's 70th birthday party and the 2020 BRIT Awards.

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