British rocker Kenney Jones has revealed plans for a joint Small Faces and Faces reunion tour for 2015 are very much on as Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood's managers start to put together a schedule. Drummer Jones has been holding out hope for a reunion tour for years, but former Faces frontman Stewart has turned down countless offers to get the band back together - and when the group reformed for dates in 2009 and 2010, they had to call on Mick Hucknall to stand in for their absent singer.
But now it's beginning to look like Jones, Stewart, Wood and keyboard player Ian McLagan are getting closer to reteaming on the road, with the drummer stating, "Woody's management and myself, we were talking to Rod's management.
"It would be lovely to do, we've been talking about it (for) long enough. You've got to start talking about it about a year ahead of (when) you're going to do something. The Faces never finished on a good note, so it would be nice to finish on a good note, and that would be that."
Jones explains negative comments about the reunion McLagan made last month (Dec13) have not dampened the enthusiasm for a long-awaited get together.
He says, "Mac didn't realise we were talking because it was in its early stages, but he understands full now (sic)."
And Jones reveals that Stewart's touring bass player Conrad Korsch will probably stand in for the late Ronnie Lane when The Faces reunite.
The Faces split in 1975 and Stewart, Jones, McLagan and Wood briefly regrouped in the summer of 2008 for a rehearsal that amounted to nothing.
Illness kept Stewart from attending the Faces' 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Faces rocker Ian Mclagan has dismissed Rod Stewart's plans for a band reunion with Ronnie Wood in 2015, because the keyboardist will be busy working on reforming the Small Faces. Stewart recently revealed he has been in talks with Wood to hit the stage together once the guitarist's commitments with the Rolling Stones come to an end, claiming they were "earmarking 2015".
However, it appears the two British superstars have yet to discuss the get-together with surviving bandmates McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones, as they are in the process of organising a reunion for the group which spawned Faces.
Asked about Stewart's comments during an interview with Uncut magazine, McLagan says, "Why would we f**k around with the Faces when we've got bigger fish to fry?
"It's interesting that Rod announces these things without talking to me or Kenney... (Stewart will) have to wait until 2016 because 2015 is the Small Faces' year."
McLagan, Jones and late bassist Ronnie Lane were originally members of Small Faces, but the group split in 1969 following the exit of frontman Steve Marriott. The trio recruited Stewart and Wood, who had both been playing with The Jeff Beck Group, to join the line-up and rebranded themselves Faces.
Stewart served as their frontman from 1969 until 1975, and rejoined Wood, McLagan and Jones at the Brit Awards in London in 1993, but he was subsequently replaced by former Simply Red star Mick Hucknall for comeback shows in 2010 and 2011.
Rod Stewart has revealed a Faces reunion with Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood is back on and earmarked for 2015. In a new interview with Boston, Massachusetts radio station WZLX, the Brit opened up about the plans to stage a full reunion once Wood's ongoing commitments with the Stones have ended.
Stewart, who fronted the iconic rock group from 1969 until 1975 and rejoined Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones at the Brit Awards in London in 1993, was absent from the group's 2010 and 2011 get together shows - and guitarist Wood called on Simply Red star Mick Hucknall to replace him as singer.
But after many stalled attempts to get the existing four-piece back together, it's beginning to look like Stewart is making big plans for 2015.
He said, "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 earmarking 2015."
But the news might be awful for fans of the Rolling Stones, who have just announced dates in Asia, the Middle East and Australasia for 2014 - earlier this year, Stewart said he would only consider a Faces reunion if and when Wood's "other band" decided to retire.
Rod Stewart is plotting an ambitious double reunion tour that will incorporate the hits of his former bands the Faces and the Jeff Beck Group. The rocker has held out on a full Faces reunion tour for years because the timing has never been right for him and old pal Ronnie Wood, but now he's interested in getting the band back together alongside guitar great Beck.
He tells Billboard.com, "Two of us (Stewart and Wood) are in both bands, so we could do half the show with The Faces, half with Jeff Beck."
His thinking comes as he, Beck and Wood prepare to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first Jeff Beck Group album, Truth, but he admits the double reunion is an ambitious plan because Beck is still upset with him over a failed blues album project.
Stewart adds, "Whether Jeff would want to do it, there's two chances - slim and none. When Jeff's angry at you, he stays angry for a long time. We were going to do a blues album... but we couldn't agree on a great many things. I sent him a Christmas card, or emailed him a Christmas card, the year before last and never heard anything back.
"I think there's more a chance of the Faces doing something, but that has to wait 'til we know the Stones are finished."
Stewart has always maintained he won't tour with the Faces until Wood's gig as a guitarist in the Rolling Stones is over.
Tired of waiting for his frontman, Wood drafted in former Simply Red star Mick Hucknall to front the reformed Faces on a handful of shows from 2009 to 2012. These included the band's performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when the Faces and The Small Faces were inducted in April, 2012.
"I was quite nervous to be on a date with him. I just kept drinking, and I wasn't really eating, and then the next thing we're getting in a car and as the engine went over, my mouth went 'grrr'. He said, 'Sorry?', thinking I said something, and I just went 'borrrrr'. All over him." British singer/actress Martine Mccutcheon got so drunk on a date with singer Mick Hucknall, she ended up vomiting on him.
Van Morrison and Mick Hucknall are teaming up for a special tribute concert in honour of late soul star Bobby 'blue' Bland. Both veteran singers are huge fans of the musician, who passed away in June (13) at the age of 83 after a battle with ill health.
Former Simply Red star Hucknall even named his debut solo album Tribute to Bobby after his all-time hero, and now he is joining Brown Eyed Girl hitmaker Morrison for a special gig in London.
Van Morrison & Mick Hucknall's All-Star Tribute to Bobby Bland will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on 01 November (13).
Former Simply Red star Mick Hucknall's first solo album will be a collection of soul classics from the likes of Otis Redding and Ray Charles. The Holding Back The Years singer, who recently fronted the reformed Faces for a handful of shows, will release American Soul in October (13), preceded by new single That's How Strong My Love Is - a cover of Redding's 1965 hit.
He tells Billboard.com, he has always been a big fan of the tune: "The song never seemed to go away and I was reminded of it over the years by covers of it from the likes of Candi Staton and the (Rolling) Stones. I guess its power and universal appeal lies in the simplicity of its message.
"What I like about our version is the modern production... and the driving rhythm which makes it great to sing and to perform live."
And talking about his song selection for the album, Hucknall adds, "I wanted to record versions of some of my favourite songs that I'd been brought up on and had been listening to since the age of five or six. I realised that just about all those songs were by African Americans and I wanted to explore the incredible story of that genre which had influenced my life and career so profoundly."
Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall, Kevin Bacon and David Coverdale have led the tributes to soul star Bobby 'blue' Bland following his death on Sunday (23Jun13). The veteran singer passed away at his home in Memphis, Tennessee after suffering complications from an undisclosed illness, and the news has prompted a flood of tributes from his famous fans.
Hucknall's first solo album away from his group was 2008's Tribute to Bobby, featuring songs recorded in honour of Bland, and he was devastated to hear of his idol's death.
A post on Simply Red's Facebook.com page reads, "Bobby Blue Bland - RIP dear friend. A great American, and a truly great singer. I will always love your wonderful music, Mick."
Bacon, who plays in The Bacon Brothers band with his sibling Michael, hailed Bland as his musical inspiration and recalled seeing him perform, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Favourite musical memory. Seeing Bobby (Blue) Bland in a tiny little club. RIP Bobby Blue Bland."
The Roots star Questlove was also full of praise for Bland and pointed fans towards his song Heart of a City (Ain't No Love), which was used by Jay-Z on his 2001 album The Blueprint, writing, "Bobby Blue Bland (you youngin's (sic) know him for the Heart Of The City sample) much respect due."
A cover of the song also gave rockers Whitesnake one of their first hit records and frontman David Coverdale wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "So sad to hear of Bobby 'Blue' Bland's passing... An immense talent who was a huge inspiration to me..."
Former Guns N' Roses rocker Matt Sorum is close friends with the late star's son Rodd Bland and he reached out to his pal after hearing the sad news: "My heart goes out to friend Rodd Bland who lost his father the great Bobby Blue Bland today RIP."
Rodd Bland subsequently replied to Sorum, "Thank you. Is it ok that I list you as an honorary pallbearer? He knew how much I respected u (sic) & he dug the Buddy Rich track u (sic) did."
Rod Stewart has opened the door to a full Faces reunion, but only if Ronnie Wood guarantees he will not return to work with The Rolling Stones. The hit 1970s rockers reformed for a tour in 2009 but prior commitments forced vocalist Stewart to miss the comeback and his former bandmates drafted in former Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall to sing instead.
Rumours suggesting Stewart will eventually rejoin the Stay With Me hitmakers have swirled ever since, and now he has confirmed he is happy to be a part of the reunion, as long as guitarist Wood swears to keep away from his other band in the meantime.
Stewart also wants the musicians play their songs in a different key so he doesn't have to strain his voice.
He tells Mojo magazine, "I can't sing up there any more so they'd have to drop the keys, and they can. They just get lazy. And Ronnie would have to sit there and swear to me the Stones were finished and no longer doing any business, that's it, all over."
British model Lily Cole and singer Mick Hucknall were among the guests at the wedding of Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales in London on Saturday (06Oct12). The businessman wed public relations guru Kate Garvey.