Hucknall to replace Rod as Faces reform

Seventies chart stars The Faces are to reunite, with Mick Hucknall taking Rod Stewart’s role, it was announced today.

Seventies chart stars The Faces are to reunite, with Mick Hucknall taking Rod Stewart’s role, it was announced today.

The performance at a new summer festival will also feature former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, playing bass in place of the late Ronnie Lane.

The group split in 1975, re-forming for a one-off charity show at the Royal Albert Hall last year with a range of vocalists for the absent Stewart.

Guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan have now decided to again play live with a show at the music and design festival Vintage At Goodwood on August 13.

Further dates and guest vocalists are expected to be announced shortly.

The Faces – whose hits include Stay With Me – are often cited as an influence on later rock acts.

They notably had the longest song title to make the top 40 with 1974’s 'You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)'.

Hucknall, who will call time on his band Simply Red after a quarter of a century with a final tour later this year, was one of the guests who played at last year’s one-night-only performances.

Wood, who went on to be a member of the Rolling Stones, said “the magic was still there” when they performed last year.

“Playing with the boys again just felt right so we thought ’Well, why not?’ It’s exciting to be on this path again and I hope that the Faces fans are excited as we are – I’m just really looking forward to seeing them this summer.”

Jones said: “The timing is just right, we can feel the excitement and we cannot wait to be back on stage playing to a live audience again.”

The band evolved from the Small Faces when singer Steve Marriott left to form Humble Pie and Stewart stepped in.

After The Faces split in 1975 its members went on to their own successes.

Jones later replaced Keith Moon in The Who, McLagan played with artists such as Bob Dylan, Wood joined the Stones, Lane formed his band Slim Chance and died of MS in 1997, and Stewart became a chart-topping solo star.

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