Faces reunion at the Albert Hall

No Rod, but Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan will be there

Faces reunion at the Albert Hall. Photo Credit: keepitsurreal. C.C. License.THE FACES are to reform for a charity gig at the Royal Albert Hall next month.

Great news; a slight snag being that lead singer Rod Stewart can't make the event, due to prior commitments. One of the seminal band's other key members, Ronnie Lane, died in 1997.

But that still leaves us Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones, plus guest Bill Wyman, to lay down that famous Faces' sound.

"This will be so special for us, staging a reunion for such a wonderful and prestigious event." said Wood, referring to the Helping the Heart Of Music concert concert in which the Faces will feature.

"Sadly Ronnie Lane can't be with us, but I'm sure he will be there in spirit, God bless him."

Helping the Heart of Music is run by the PRS for Music Members' Benevolent Fund, which helps music industry people fallen on hard times.

Other performers on the night are set to include Spice Girl Melanie C, Chris Difford from Squeeze and Mick Hucknall out of Simply Red.

The Faces/Helping the Heart of Music gig is on at the Albert Hall on 25 October. Go here to get your tickets.

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2009-12-05 19:29.

Meh. He's no Steve Marriott anyway.

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2009-09-25 21:35.

Very disapponting and petty of Rod Stewart not to involve himself in this one-off gig with the other Faces. I can't see how a few rehearsals and one gig would "detract" that much from whatever he's recording for himself. Is he a professional musician or not? There are thousands upon thousands of Faces fans who would definitely love to see all four remaining Faces perform and they would come from all over the U.K. and elsewhere to see this gig. It's quite obvious that the revenue for the PRS fund would quadruple if Rod joined Ronnie, Mac and Kenney on the night.

Aside from this, the other acts on the bill look good too. Hope it all goes well.

Richard. Airdrie, Lanarkshire.

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2009-10-29 21:07.

Quite so. And does the old so-and-so not realise that there's a whole bunch of people that haven't given a shit about him or his career since the Faces?

Rob Millis, Surrey UK

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2009-12-04 19:12.

Hey, READ the article! It's not that Rod flat-out refused or didn't want to reunite, it's that he's already under contract to do other shows at that time. If he'd been just sitting around the house (like -- let's Face it -- the rest of these guys), I'm sure he would have joined in on the reunion.

Keep in mind, Rod paid all of Ronnie Lane's medical bills, throughout his long bout with Multiple Sclerosis. Cut him some slack.

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