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Faces record 14 new songs

Drummer Kenney Jones says Faces have recorded “about 14 songs” for a yet to be officially announced release.

The band, whose surviving members include former Who drummer Jones, singer Rod Stewart and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood released four studio albums in the ‘70s, the last of which was 1973’s Ooh La la.

 

Back in July this year, Wood said that the trio had been in studio cuttng new music, the first indication that Faces were once again active. Now, Jones has revealed more details on the work that’s being put in by the group.

"We've done about 14 songs,” Jones said.

 

“It's a mixture of stuff we never released which is worthy of releasing and there's some new stuff which is really wonderful. Rod is writing the lyrics and he's really keen on it."

The great news is the '70s Super Group's plans don't appear to stop with new music. Jones further confessed that Faces intend to head out on tour, though the exact structure of such a trek is still taking shape.

"Whether or not we're going to go on a big extended tour remains to be seen,” the rocker explained.

 

“What we have decided is to do some really big gigs like the O2, Madison Square Garden, some other big venues in America.”

As for what to expect, Jones simply said: "Nothing elaborate on stage, just bring back the Faces live."

The group has occasionally reconvened over the years, including a one-off charity event in 2015. Most recently, Faces performed in February 2020, when Jones, Stewart and Wood closed the Brit Awards with a rendition of their classic track “Stay With Me.”

The English rock band formed in 1969 by the remaining members of Small Faces after lead singer/guitarist Steve Marriot left that group to form Humble Piw with Peter Frampton. The remaining Small Faces— Ian McLagan (keyboards), Ronnie Lane (bass guitar, vocals), and Kenney Jones (drums and percussion)—were then joined by Ronnie Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (lead vocals), both from the Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up dropped 'Small' from their name to then be known as simply 'Faces'.

Ian McLagan died of a stroke in 2014 aged 69, and Ronnie Lane lost his battle with multiple sclerosis in 1997 aged 51.

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