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.
British rock icon David Bowie showed off his best Elvis Presley impersonation to deliver a special Christmas message to fans over the festive holiday. The reclusive star recorded a quirky 41-second clip for a BBC Radio 6 Music show hosted by the surviving members of The Clash, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon, and the greeting aired in the U.K. on Thursday (26Dec13).
In the audio message, Bowie puts on Presley's Southern drawl and says, "Hello everybody, this is David Bowie making a telephone call from the U.S. of A. At this time of the year I can't help but remember my British-ness and all the jolly British folk, so here's to you and have yourselves a Merry little Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you very much."
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.
Rock legend Iggy Pop is giving music fans a special gift this festive season by hosting two shows on U.K. radio. The punk icon will take to the airwaves as part of a special Christmas line-up on Britain's BBC 6 Music, and he has chosen his favourite tracks to play for listeners.
He says, "To come up with the tunes that fit the concept of each show, I've had to dig back to things that I haven't heard in a long, long time.
"I thought I better check these old numbers to see if they still made the grade for me. They still do."
His first show, entitled Rockin' Rebels, will be broadcast on Christmas Day (25Dec13), while the follow-up, Heartbreak and Heartaches, will air on New Year's Day (01Jan14).
Metallica rocker Lars Ulrich and The Clash stars Mick Jones and Paul Simonon will also host shows around Christmas.
Former The Clash star Mick Jones has revealed he was writing new music with the band's late frontman Joe Strummer before he died in 2002. The guitarist tells the BBC the former bandmates were secretly working on tracks that Strummer was hoping to record with his group The Mescaleros.
Jones recalls, "We wrote a batch... The idea was he was going to go into the studio with The Mescaleros during the day and then send them all home. I'd come in all night and we'd all work all night."
But Strummer never recorded the songs they created together and his guitarist pal believes the punk rock icon may have been saving them for what could have been a The Clash reunion record.
He adds, "A few months later we were at some opening or something and I said, 'What happened to those songs...? What's wrong with them...?' He went, 'Oh man, they're the next Clash album'."
Actor William Shatner is hitting the road with prog-rock supergroup Circa to promote his new album of sci-fi music. Former Yes stars Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye will back the Star Trek legend when he tours following the release of his first progressive rock album Ponder the Mystery.
Sherwood actually helped the actor create the music for his poems, which make up the tracks on the album.
The project also features guest spots from another former Yes star, Rick Wakeman, Vince Gill, Steve Vai, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Mick Jones.
And Shatner tells RollingStone.com he's really proud of his latest musical venture: "I'm learning to play the album now as we prepare for the live performances. The more I play it, the more I hear the musical overtones, the more impressed I am about my own album."
Marianne Faithfull has shattered her 1960s sex kitten reputation, insisting she was disgusted by men when she was younger. The singer/songwriter was linked to rockers including Sir Mick Jagger and David Bowie in the '60s, but admits she needed drugs or alcohol before she could be physically intimate with a partner.
Speaking on BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are?, Faithfull explains, "I think my mother and her unconscious and unspoken loathing of men had a huge effect on me. It was a big problem for me in the Sixties, especially as I had to pretend that everything was so wonderful, wild and sexual. But it really wasn't.
"It took me years, until the time I got to 50 or so, before I could be in a relationship and love and not have to take drink or drugs to have sex."
Faithfull also romanced Rolling Stones legends Keith Richards and Brian Jones, but admits her relationship with Sir Mick was the most difficult to get over.
In the show, due to air in the U.K. on 18 September, she says, "He loved me and I loved him. I just walked away. I don't really know why. I had to move on. Of course it was very, very hard because I loved him."
Faithfull began dating the Rolling Stones frontman in the late '60s, but she ended the relationship in 1970 after miscarrying his child.
Star Trek icon William Shatner has collaborated with country music star Vince Gill, Foreigner's Mick Jones and guitarist Steve Vai for a new prog-rock album. The acting veteran penned the lyrics for all the songs on the upcoming concept album, Ponder The Mystery, which explores themes such as "ageing, depression, love and beauty", according to a press release.
Shatner describes the album as "quite possibly the most creative thing I have ever done".
Ponder The Mystery is due out on 8 October (13).
Former The Clash star Mick Jones still has regrets about walking away from the band, but insists he and his bandmates had to split in the mid-1980s to save their friendships. The guitarist reveals the core four-piece of himself, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon came close to getting back together on a couple of occasions - but it was never the right time.
Jones, who recently toured with Simonon as part of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, tells Rolling Stone magazine, "We were just all fed up with each other. The bigger it got, the more difficult it became. We battled through constant issues.
"When you're together all the time you're going to get fed up with people, especially without breaks. And then we started to get into whatever we were into individually, and that became an issue. I don't think the music was ever affected, or the stage show. It was all going on behind the scenes. We could have dealt with it better, in hindsight."
Jones appeared onstage with Strummer just before the singer died in December, 2002, and admits that at the time there was talk of a get together at their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
He adds, "There were a few moments at the time... I was up for it (Hall of Fame reunion in 2003), Joe was up for it. Paul wasn't. And neither, probably, was Topper, who didn't wind up even coming in the end... It didn't look like a performance was going to happen anyway. I mean, you usually play at that ceremony when you get in. Joe had passed by that point, so we didn't.
"We were never in agreement. That's why we never got back together in the first place. It was never at a point where all of us wanted to do it at the same time. Most importantly for us, we became friends again after the group broke up, and continued that way for the rest of the time. That was more important to us than the band."