Iconic British band Small Faces travelled the world in search of a batch of missing demo tapes when they were compiling a special box set to mark the band's 50th anniversary. The Lazy Sunday hitmakers formed in 1965 and surviving members Kenney Jones and keyboardist Ian McLagan plan to mark the group's milestone birthday next year (15) by releasing a greatest hits compilation and a collection of rarities and early recordings.
However, when they began sifting through archive material for the project, the pair noticed a bunch of early demo tapes was missing, and they launched a "global search" for the recordings, eventually tracking them down in New York.
Drummer Jones tells NME magazine, "When we started working on it, we found most of the master tapes had gone missing - either stolen or lost. It's typical for the Small Faces - we had bad luck all the way... But we set off on a global search and found some tapes at Sony Records in New York. Between that and my archives, we were able to put it all back together."
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.