Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ian McLagan, fresh off Faces reunion show in London, plays the Iron Horse, Tuesday, November 17th at 8PM.

In case you haven’t heard, 3/5ths of legendary English rock outfit Faces (previously Small Faces) finally reunited this past Sunday (Oct. 25) for a one-off charity show at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Joining guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Kenney Jones, and keyboardist Ian McLagan was The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman, who replaced Ronnie Lane (RIP) on bass, and Spice Girls’ Mel C, Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, and Kiki Dee, who all handled vocal duties while Rod Stewart was busy doing his own things.

With respect to a Faces tour, Kenney Jones (who also drummed for The Who post-Keith Moon) said, “I’d like to think it’s entirely possible and I think it’s on the cards, I’d love to see it in 2010, if not the following year but time’s not on our side, the sooner we do it the better. Like I said it’s all subject to everyone’s busy schedules.” Rod Stewart shared similar words in a recent interview with CNN saying, “[Faces had] a reunion… in London without me because I’m promoting my new album….Hopefully, I’ll get me old job back. It’s on the cards. I’ll do it eventually.” So, to summarize, a full Faces reunion will probably be happening sometime soon. Meanwhile, Ian McLagan will make a local appearance at the Iron Horse Music Hall at 7PM on Tuesday, November 17th.

Here’s a clip of “Ooh La La” from the Royal Albert Hall Reunion Concert

Here’s Ian McLagan and Patty Griffin on Letterman playing “Never Say Never”

Ian McLagan along with singer/ guitarist Steve Marriott, bass player Ronnie Lane, and drummer Kenney Jones, was a member of the British pop/rock band the Small Faces. A teenybopper success at first, the band eventually gained greater critical standing by adopting a more psychedelic style. In March 1969, Marriott quit to form Humble Pie. Three months later, McLagan, Lane, and Jones combined with singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ron Wood, formerly of the Jeff Beck Group, to form the Faces. The group developed a reputation for its freewheeling performances, but it was overshadowed by Stewart's solo career, which took off in the fall of 1971 with his hit "Maggie May." Nevertheless, the Faces also had considerable commercial success, reaching the U.K. Top Ten many times. Ian released his debut solo album, Troublemaker, in 1979, followed by Bump in the Night in 1980. As a session man he notably worked with Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, the Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen, among many others. In 2000, he released his third album, Best of British, credited to Ian "Mac" McLagan & the Bump Band, and published his autobiography, All the Rage. The hard rocking Rise and Shine appeared in 2004 and was followed by Extra Live two years later. Never Say Never appeared in late 2008.

Never Say Never was mixed by Glyn Johns, Mac’s old pal from Small Faces and Faces. The self produced and directed album features McLagan's award winning Bump Band: 'Scrappy' Jud Newcomb, Don Harvey and Mark Andes, and includes all original songs written by one of the best-loved musicians of our time. Patty Griffin graces Never Say Never with her soulful vocals and she and the Tosca Strings can be heard on the final track, the heart wrenching When The Crying Is Over.

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