Faces in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Finally!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland announced yesterday its 2012 class of inductees, and it includes the rockin’ British quintet the Faces. Finally!

The Faces rocked the late 1960s and early 1970s like no one else, including the Rolling Stones.  First known as the Small Faces, the core group of keyboardist Ian McLagan, bassist Ronnie Lane and drummer Kenney Jones found themselves at a crossroads when lead singer Steve Marriott left the group.

Salvation came in the form of two new members: guitarist Ron Wood and singer Rod Stewart.  So in 1970 the Small Faces became simply the Faces, and they came on like a bunch of rowdy boozers who just happened to be great musicians.  With Lane (and sometimes McLagan) the group already had strong songwriting, but Stewart and Wood contributed some great numbers too, like the classic “Stay With Me.”

The induction includes both versions of the band. Both Stewart and Wood will become second-time members of the Rock Hall (Stewart was inducted as a solo artist in 1994 and Wood as part of the Rolling Stones in 1989) for the Small Faces/The Faces.

“Well it’s quite a thrill and honor to make it in the Hall of Fame a second time,” Stewart said in a statement. “We (The Faces) were always synonymous with a good party and with this list of fellow artists being inducted I’m looking forward to (it) … and it’s a hell of a good reason to reunite and celebrate with my old mates.”

Other inductees announced Wednesday include Guns n’ Roses,  the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro and trippy-dippy singer/songwriter Donovan.

Other inductees include Freddie King for early influence; rock promoter Don Kirshner, who died earlier this year, receives the Ahmet Ertegun award; and Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns and Cosimo Matassa will be honored for musical excellence.

The Rock and Roll Hall of fame induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 14.

If you are in or around the Austin area, you can still get a healthy dose of prime Faces by catching a performance of Ian McLagan’s Bump Band.  “Mac” still plays free happy hours (at the Lucky Lounge, next door to Antone’s) and will happily take requests for Faces songs, although don’t ask him to perform any by “Big Nose” (guess who).  It is, truly, the World’s Greatest Happy Hour. He says he’s gonna be there this Thursday, too! McLagan keeps alive the spirit and songs of Ronnie Lane, who died in 1997.  Congratulations on your long-deserved honor, Mac!

Ian McLagan official website

YouTube: “Tin Soldier” by the Small Faces (with P.P. Arnold)

YouTube: “All or Nothing” by the Small Faces

YouTube: “Stay With Me,” by the Faces

YouTube: “Maybe I’m Amazed” by the Faces

8 Responses to “Faces in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Finally!”

  1. Isn’t Kenny Jones inducted as a member of The Who as well?

  2. 30daysout Says:

    No, Keith Moon sits in the drum seat for the Who in the Hall of Fame.

  3. Doesn’t seem fair to me. They released two albums with him plus several farewell tours! If Ron Wood/Mick Taylor/Brian Jones are all Rolling Stones in the Hall, dammit, Mr. Jones should be there too.

  4. Yeah it doesn’t seem consistent, does it? I was wondering the other day if all those other guys from Lynyrd Skynyrd (Rickey Medlocke, etc.) are also in the Hall of Fame. I believe not.

  5. It is great and way over due for this band to be noticed, can we say what a joke? My feeling on Stewart is that he really could not hit the notes required for the reunion the boys had. But I do feel he should sing with them at the reunion, he will play it safe, and that is ok.

  6. Perhaps, but it would be good to see Rod rockin’ with the Faces once more.

  7. Geoff Tibeau Says:

    Small Faces and The Faces were very different bands; the Small Faces being by far the better one.

    I don’t understand why they are being inducted together.

  8. Me neither, honestly. But I’d rather see it done this way than not at all!

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