Rod Stewart Admits Faces Are ‘Struggling’ To Make 1st New Album Since 1973

Stewart last performed with fellow surviving Faces members Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones in 2020.

By Scott Bernstein Feb 23, 2024 8:28 am PST

Surviving Faces members Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones revealed in the summer of 2021 they were preparing their first new album together since the release of Ooh La La in 1973. Sir Rod Stewart spoke about the status of the project in a new interview and the update wasn’t promising.

Rod Stewart was asked by Vulture about about the best unreleased song he’s written. “I’ve sent a lot of them to Ronnie Wood. I told him, ‘This is stuff we’ve recorded with my band, maybe the Faces would like to do it instead?,'” Stewart replied. He then admitted, “We’re still struggling to make this album. We’ll see. Some of them might see the light of day.”

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Faces was formed by Stewart, Wood, Jones, bassist Ronnie Lane and keyboardist Ian McLagan in 1969 out of the ashes of Small Faces. The legendary British rock band released four albums between 1970 and 1973. 1971’s A Nod Is As Good As A Wink… To A Blind Horse peaked at the six-slot of the Billboard 200 album chat and featured the hit “Stay With Me.” Faces broke up in 1975 when Stewart decided to focus on his solo career and Wood joined The Rolling Stones. Lane passed away in 1997 and McLagan died in 2014.

Several Faces reunions have taken place since the band’s split. The latest came at the 2020 BRITs award ceremony. Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones were backed by an orchestra on “Stay With Me” at 02 Arena in London.

Ronnie Wood told The Times in July 2021 that he had joined with Stewart and Jones to record new songs. Kenney Jones went into more detail a few months later while speaking with BANG Showbiz. “We’ve done about 14 songs, it’s a mixture of stuff we never released which is worthy of releasing and there’s some new stuff which is really wonderful,” Jones said and added Faces was planning a series of concerts. While Faces’ return to the stage never happened, hopefully the comeback album will see the light of day.

Both Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood will embark on upcoming tours. Stewart will trek across Europe from May to July before settling in for a Las Vegas residency this summer and additional U.S. dates including a show with Billy Joel in Cleveland. Ronnie Wood and The Rolling Stones kick off the 2024 North American Tour in Houston on April 28.

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