Rolling Stones 7/20/21

Ron Wood revealed that the Rolling Stones have been busy prepping a 40th anniversary edition of their 1981 chart-topper, Tattoo You album. During a new chat with The Times, Wood — as is his custom — spilled the beans on both the Stones’ project as well as the Faces‘ first sessions since 1974.

Wood broke the news stating: “Me and Mick (Jagger) have done nine new tracks for the (40th anniversary) re-release of Tattoo You. And me, Rod (Stewart) and Kenney (Jones) have been recording some new Faces music.”

Tattoo You was released on August 24th, 1981 and spent a whopping nine weeks on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Around the time of Tattoo You’s release, Mick Jagger spoke about life as a rock musician two decades into his career: [“I’m not trying to be an innovator all the time. It’s silly to try and be an innovator — you can be innovative within your own limits, y’know? You can’t be totally new all the time. Rock n’ roll us nothing if not enthusiasm. Fifty percent of rock n’ roll is enthusiasm, I think. Gotta get into it. Screaming my head off in the studio.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . in the studio)

When we recently caught up with Kenney Jones, he told us that the Faces’ sound came about due to Ron Wood reinventing himself as a musician: [“When we first got together, Ronnie was learning how to play lead guitar. He was — and still is — a fantastic bass player. So, for him to convert from bass, it was a bit tricky, so we were with him every inch of the way when he did it. So, we were kind of learning his style along with him. So that really was a benefit to all of us — especially me.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: us especially me)

TL; DR

  • Ron Wood revealed to The London Times that he’s been working on tracks for the Rolling Stones‘ Tattoo You retrospective, and new sessions with Rod Stewart and Kenney Jones for a Faces reunion project.

SIDE NOTES

  • Coming on September 3rd is Ron Wood‘s Mr. Luck – A Tribute To Jimmy Reed: Live At The Royal Albert Hall. The live album — billed to the Ronnie Wood Band — features Wood’s longtime friend and the man he replaced in the Rolling Stones back in 1975 — guitarist Mick Taylor.
  • The show was recorded back in 2013 at London’s Royal Albert Hall and marks the second in a trilogy of live sets from Wood, following 2019’s Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry.

FAST FACTS

  • The surviving Faces — Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, and Kenney Jones — reunited on September 5th, 2015. The concert at Surrey, England’s Hurtwood Park Polo Club benefited Prostate Cancer UK, and marked the first time in 22 years that Rod has taken to the stage to publicly front the Faces.
  • Sadly, keyboardist Ian McLagan died in 2014, with bassist Ronnie Lane passing in 1997 at age 51 after suffering from multiple sclerosis for over two decades.
  • The Faces’ seven-song set marked the first time all three members had played live together since their 1993 appearance at England’s Brit Awards. In recent years, the Faces have played a string of shows featuring Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall on lead vocals.