In those black and white days before international stardom, a series of lookalike blonde companions, ridiculously tight trousers and frankly embarrassing disco records, Rod Stewart was the singer in a half-decent rock band.
A rock band that, admittedly was rarely sober. The backstage rider for a Faces concert usually involved depleting the stocks of every nearby brewery and distillery. In between drinking sessions though, Rod and the Faces made some memorable records, even if the members of the band probably don’t remember making them.
The glory days will be recalled one more time when Rod fronts his old band for their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14. They last played together in 1993, when Stewart was given a lifetime achievement award at the Brits.
Faces drummer Kenney Jones said that the band and Stewart had dinner together and agreed that the Hall of Fame show in Cleveland would be perfect for a reunion. "Contrary to what people might think, we're all still great mates," Jones said, "and we've never said we wouldn't play together again."
Also on the Hall of Fame bill will be the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and possibly the original line-up of Gun N’ Roses, all of whom could learn a little about rock star excess from Rod and the Faces.
The Faces had previously played a reunion show at Goodwood in 2010, when Mick Hucknall was the guest vocalist. Which is just wrong in so many ways. Stewart had planned to sing with the Faces then, but had problems with his voice. Yes, it seems even Rod Stewart can be too hoarse.