By John Curley
Last Wednesday, August 11th, one of the most heralded British rock bands of the 1970s returned to the concert stage at the British Music Experience at The O2 in North Greenwich, London. And from all reports, The Faces put on a great performance.
The Faces these days consist of original members Kenney Jones on drums, Ian McLagan on keyboards, and Ron Wood on guitar along with new recruits Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols on bass (deputizing for the late Ronnie Lane) and Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall on lead vocals (pinch hitting for the absent Rod Stewart). Jones and McLagan both were in the band in the 1960s when they were called The Small Faces. (And Jones and McLagan also have links to The Who’s late drummer Keith Moon, as Jones replaced Moon as The Who’s drummer and McLagan married Moon’s ex-wife Kim after her divorce from Moon.)
There are rumors of a large-scale reunion tour by The Faces next year. I hope those rumors turn out to be true. I’d like to see them play live, as I’m sure would many other fans who were too young when the band was in its heyday.
The Evening Standard newspaper of London ran a very positive review of the O2 show, which you can read here.
The Evening Standard’s Web site features a photo gallery from the show, which you can view here.
To watch an amateur video of The Faces’ performance of the classic “Stay With Me” from the O2 show, click below: