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.
Loaded with contradictions Porter (Kevin Kline) is a small-town Midwesterner who becomes a Parisian bon vivant an openly gay man who maintains a relatively happy marriage to his wife Linda Thomas (Ashley Judd) and a gifted tunesmith who actually enjoys slumming in Hollywood. But when a riding accident leaves him crippled he becomes increasingly bitter and lonely right up until his death in 1964. The movie opens with a ridiculous framing device after Porter's death. He is greeted by the angel Gabriel (Jonathan Pryce) who begins a staged re-creation of his life featuring his various friends and foes while Porter rails at their deaf images incessantly like Ebeneezer Scrooge confronting his past. To make matters worse Kline's old man makeup is so creepily extra-terrestrial it makes him look like Mandy Patinkin in Alien Nation. It is with great relief that we then cut to glorious 1930s Paris as Kline meets Judd's lovely ex-pat divorcee and they embark on their very odd alliance. At first she condones his affairs even arranges them but soon his indiscretion and rampant promiscuity threaten to destroy their marriage.
Kline plays Porter as an unabashed sexual predator for the first hour of the movie seemingly unaffected by the hurt he causes his wife. And in the final act predictably Kline strains for pathos as Porter becomes old and bitter. Kline's acting baggage catches up with him
here to ill effect. He's been arching his eyebrows and delivering preposterous dialogue in witty deadpan style so well for so many years that when he consults a doctor on a leg operation one half expects his character to request a brain transplant a la Dr. Rod Randall in Soapdish. He's already got the gold man that Jim Carrey covets (for A Fish Called Wanda). But his "serious" turns (this My Life as a House The Emperor's Club) are just painful. Judd fares slightly better as his muse confidante groupie and pimp. Unlike so many actresses she isn't overbearingly modern. And even her affectations like inserting an accented French word into each line fit the character. This could have been the role that returned Judd to the earlier promise of her work in Ruby in Paradise and/or Heat--if it wasn't constantly interrupted by the framing device and the music.
Speaking of which rather than allowing the power of the music itself to illustrate Porter's wondrous gifts the director (and maybe some MGM marketing suits) decided to use modern pop singers to sing the songs in elaborate musical numbers. It's like watching a Mad TV parody of American Dreams. Alanis Morissette dressed as a flapper warbles
"Let's Do It" as if it's "You Oughta Know." Sheryl Crow shrieks "Begin the Beguine" as if her leg is caught in a bear trap. And in a movie that tries so hard to convince us of the gay lyrical subtext (OK we get it) what else are we to make of the musical finale "Blow Gabriel Blow"? Irwin Winkler should just stop trying to direct. He is one of the most acclaimed producers in Hollywood (Rocky Raging Bull Goodfellas among countless others) yet as a director he has a knack for taking listless subjects (Senate hearings the Internet) and making them even more boring. With De-Lovely he goes from the mundane to the ridiculous. When Porter falls off the horse Winkler cross-cuts to Linda in Paris sniffing the air as if she can somehow sense his danger. What is she his twin as well? The direction is so ham-fisted that when a character coughs you know instantly it is implying a painful rheumatic death to come if in the distant future. Even the death of a small child is milked shamelessly for drama since the script (Jay Cocks) provides none. If there is any reason to watch the movie it's the costumes (Giorgio Armani) and the vivid re-creations of pre-War Paris Venice Broadway and Hollywood. If only we could stay there. Just as we settle comfortably into the period old man Porter returns raging at the darkness his prosthetic skin threatening to melt off and go flying in every direction.
One of Madonna's many talents include creating a strong public relations buzz. And the singer/actress has done it again with her latest concert.
Only in this case, fans don't have to spend money to see their favorite singing mom perform on stage. Her London show today can be seen on the Internet in what Microsoft's MSN says will be the biggest online show in history.
Only a lucky few, 3,500 to be exact, will be attending the concert at London's Brixton Academy. Even the some of the biggest celebrities are clamoring to get in to see the Queen of Music in the flesh.
Some of the stars who will get in are Mick Jagger, George Michael and actor Ewan McGregor. The event will mostly be attended by celebrities and a few winners of radio contests.
Madonna, 42, is scheduled to sing tracks from her newest album, "Music."
MSN said it would offer groundbreaking near-DVD quality for superfast connections and audio-only for Internet slowcoaches. Users should log on to the MSN site nearest them -- such as MSN.com or MSN.co.uk -- for the show, which begins at around 2:30 p.m. EST. However, special player software must be downloaded first.
ODB ARRESTED AT MCDONALD'S: Man can't live on birdseeds alone. And neither can Ol' Dirty Bastard. The 31-year-old rapper and member of Wu-Tang Clan was arrested late Monday after he was spotted at a Philadelphia McDonald's by a police officer.
ODB, whose real name is Russell Jones, escaped Oct. 17 from a Pasadena, Calif., drug rehab center where he had been ordered by a judge to stay after violating his parole.
The fugitive managed to dodge police and shocked hundreds of fans when he appeared with his band at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Nov. 21.
``I can't stay on stage too long tonight -- the cops is after me,'' he told the crowd, saying he planned to become ``like a bird'' living off ``birdseeds or whatever ... you'll see."
Russell's probation stemmed from 1999 charges of making ''terroristic'' threats and wearing a bulletproof vest. A Los Angeles judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest soon after his disappearance from the rehab center.
BABY BOY WEILAND: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and his wife have a new baby boy. Noah Mercer Weiland was born Nov. 19 at a Los Angeles hospital.
``It was the most glorious moment in my life. He is healthy, wealthy and wiser than me,'' Weiland, 33, said.
It's the first child for Weiland his wife, Mary. The Stone Temple Pilots recently wrapped up a concert tour and returned to the studio in January to work on a new album. RAPE CHARGES AGAINST SINGER DROPPED: Rape charges against Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall have been dropped, Reuters reports. The 40-year-old singer was arrested and questioned by British police Sunday after a 21-year-old woman said that he had raped her. After investigating the matter further, police decided against pursuing it further.
Hucknall formed his band in 1984 and is best known for songs such as "Holding Back the Years" and "New Flame."