Most of the surviving members of Faces have scheduled an October 25 gig at London's Royal Albert Hall as part of a Music Members Benevolent Fund benefit.
Missing will be vocalist Rod Stewart
but, according to Classic Rock
magazine, "a host of special guests will help out on vocals." Not missing will be guitarist Ronnie Wood (who started touring with Rolling Stones
even before Faces broke up in 1975); Kenney Jones (who replaced Keith Moon as drummer for The Who
in 1979); and keyboardist Ian McLagan (who went on to solo and session work.) Bill Wyman (ex-Rolling Stones) will fill the late Ronnie Lane's spot as bassist.
The only reason being given for Stewart's absence is that "he will be out of the country that evening." He is not currently touring, and had talked optimistically earlier this year about a possible reunion, so one must assume that his mysterious prior plans for the evening must involve something of supreme importance.
(l-r) Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart at the 2004 Fashion Rocks concert in New York City. Photo by Mike Mainz / Getty Images