Brit Music: The Great Stones Guitarist Switch-a-roo

The Faces, live with Mick Hucknall. Image Source: Egghead06 of Wikipedia.

The Faces, live with Mick Hucknall.
Image Source: Egghead06 of Wikipedia.

The Faces formed out of the ashes of old mod/psychedelic band The Small Faces. When Steve Marriott left the band, he was replaced with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood; between the new heavy, blues-based sound and the fact that Rod and Ronnie were both taller than the other three members of the Small Faces, they changed their named to “The Faces,” and, after six years and four albums, they broke up. Despite the fact that Rod Stewart had much more commercial success as a solo act and Ronnie Wood found his niche as the lead guitarist for the Rolling Stones, their back-to-basics rock has been linked to several later acts, including the punk movement. But enough about that.

You see, in 2009, the band was reformed, minus Rod Stewart, who was otherwise engaged, and Ronnie Lane, who died in 1997. In the meantime, Rod was replaced with Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall. But, it looks like Rod’s finally ready to tour with his old mates again. Quoth Rod:  “I think we have got much more of a chance of getting the Faces back together, in fact, Ronnie’s office is talking to my people, and we’re ear-marking 2015.” He has earlier gone on record saying that he’d be keen to reform the band if The Stones ever retire. Given that they’ve been going strong for fifty years, and done every drug known to man and some of the larger primates in most of that time, that may not happen anytime soon.

By an extraordinary coincidence, it looks like the Stones’ former lead guitarist Mick Taylor is willing to tour with his old band as a special guest for their tour of Asia, Dubai, and Oceania, an extension of their 50th Anniversary gigs called “14 on Fire.” Ronnie Wood has explained that because the 50th Anniversary tour was a huge success and “Everybody had a smile on their face, which was brilliant, While the big wheel is rolling we are going to capture it before it stops totally.”

The extent of Mick Taylor’s participation in the concerts has yet to be explained, but, it’s likely he will just play on a few more songs.

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