The incorporation of Ronnie Wood to The Rolling Stones, in 1975, replacing Mick Taylor, at the same time marked a change in the sound of the band led by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the beginning of the end of Faces, the project that the guitarist himself led with the eternal Rod Stewart.
Gone were five years of rockanroles recorded in four albums, of which Ooh La La, released in 1973, was the last, and several big hits like Had Me a Real Good Time, Cindy Incidentally, Pool Hall Richard Y Stay with Me, a classic that Stewart recycled over and over again throughout his extensive solo career.
However, as of their separation, the band he threatened with several attempts to meet, first, at the end of the ’70s, with the format of the proto Faces, without Rod or Ronnie in their ranks; then, in ’81, with Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott at the helm and, finally, in 1986, during the encore at a Stewart recital.
Ronnie Wood can’t wait to play, and to warm up he has already been recording with Mick Jagger and his former Faces partners. Photo Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP
On that occasion, affected by multiple sclerosis, Lane came on stage to sing in his wheelchair, although without playing bass, which was a cargo del Rolling Stone Bill Wyman. The same line-up met once again (without Lane) in 1993, when Rod Stewart was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brit Awards.
Then, beyond some circumstantial encounters, the original line-up, with Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones, met again for a charity show in 2015, a private concert in 2019 and a brief appearance at the 2020 Brit Awards.
Record is the task
But when one might as well have thought the band had given it their all, Ronnie Wood just revealed that the trio were recording new material, between sessions Wood shared with his Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Jagger.
“I saw Mick (Jagger) here last week and Rod (Stewart) and Kenney (Jones) were here yesterday.”, said the musician, who is currently advancing songs from his trilogy of live albums Mr Luck – A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, recorded with The Ronnie Wood Band, which counts in its ranks with Mick Taylor himself, whom he replaced on the Stones.
Rod Stewart adds his voice to the sound of Wood’s guitar again; a combination that has been going on for more than 50 years. Photos Martín Bonetto
“Mick and I have made nine new tracks for the re-release of Tattoo You (for the 40th anniversary of the album). And me, Rod and Kenney have been recording new Faces music. I’ve had a front row seat to some amazing rock’n’roll projects these past two weeks, “summarized Wood.
The 74-year-old guitarist is also a respected artist, but his main focus at the moment is music and he is desperate to get back on stage, he confessed to the magazine. The Times’ Weekend: “I go through artistic phases when the music is secondary, but right now i really wanna go out to play.”
Meanwhile, the 18-song album with which Wood will pay tribute to Jimmy Reed will be released by BMG on September 3, and features the contribution of special guests such as Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller, who joined the show on September 1. November 2013.