Rod Stewart talks up new Faces songs and promises a real tour, not ABBA-tars

27 September 2021, 12:34 | Updated: 16 November 2023, 14:35

Faces at the Brit Awards in 2020
Faces at the Brit Awards in 2020. Picture: Getty

By Mayer Nissim

Rod Stewart says the reunited Faces have some "great tracks" and promises a "real rock and roll" tour.

Rod Stewart has said that the new songs being recorded by the reformed Faces are worth the wait.

The singer recently reunited with bassist Ronnie Wood and drummer Kenney Jones to make their first new music in 40 years.

"F**k me, they are good," Rod told The Mirror about the new material, previously revealed by Kenney to be around 14 songs.

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"I have got to tell you we have got some great tracks. Woody went back and dug up a lot of stuff and some of it is like, 'Wow, did we do that?'."

He continued: "It's stuff we never got round to completing – and at the time we thought it was not good enough.

"We are finishing some songs off and I am adding vocals and new lyrics. So it's a cross between really old and new."

Drummer Kenney added: "It is not about the money. We got back together to celebrate our 50th anniversary and now it our 53rd so that is why we are doing this album.

"When all that is out of the way we will get back together. It is in the pipeline and we will have to do America."

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Asked if the band, who are like ABBA are all in their 70s, could take a lead from the Swedes and perform as digital avatars, Rod said: "We play real rock and roll."

Kenney added of the prospect: "Only if we are dead. I am pleased about ABBA. I have heard the new song and it is nice. They have got more money than f**king Volkswagen."

Faces formed in 1969 when Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott quit the band to form Humble Pie and remaining members Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan joined forces with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart.

They released four albums before splitting in 1975. Despite the death of Lane in 1997, the band have reformed for live performances several times in the last few years, occasionally with Mick Hucknall filling in for Stewart.

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