For the first time in 40 years, Rod Stewart sang a concert with the surviving membersof the Faces. The show was a benefit for Prostate Cancer U.K. and took place before 5,000 fans at the Hurtwood Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey, England.
Joined by a horn section and backup singers, they played seven songs, two of which, “(I Know) I’m Losing You” and “I’d Rather Go Blind,” appeared on Stewart’s solo albums but featured the Faces. The songwriting contributions of Ronnie Lane, who passed away in 1997, was represented by a performance of “Ooh La La.” The full setlist is below.
Despite the years apart, the Telegraph‘s report suggests that the spontaneous, anything-goes spirit of the Faces was still intact. “We’ve only had a few hours rehearsal so there’s bound to be a few cock-ups,” Stewart said shortly after taking the stage, to which Ron Wood added, “Just like the old days.”
The Faces broke up in 1975, but talks of a reunion had escalated in recent years, with Stewart’s solo career and Ron Wood’s committment to the Rolling Stones putting those plans on hold. The sudden death of keyboardist Ian McLagan in December caused drummer Kenney Jones, the only other surviving original member, to say that getting back together was “more important now than ever.” Back in January, the trio performed two songs at Stewart’s 70th birthday party.