Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay and you’re O.K.
Money, it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I’ll buy me a football team
Roger Waters wrote those words for the song Money by Pink Floyd, around the same time another British band, a sweaty rock and roll band called The FACES, were on fire.
Formed when Steve Marriott left England’s The Small Faces, and recruited Peter Frampton to form Humble Pie, it was the other four Small Faces teamed up with a pre-Rolling Stone Ron Wood and Rod Stewart to form The FACES.
Since the death in December 2014 of keyboardist Ian McLagan, only one member of the Small Faces remains – drummer Kenney Jones, who for the record, was the man that replaced Keith Moon in the Who.
The reunion of the 3 remaining FACES: Jones, Wood, and Rod Stewart could still happen IF the issue of money gets sorted out. What would be special about this reunion, is the fact that last time The FACES staged one, Rod didn’t participate. Instead, up front was British singer Mick Hucknall of the band Simply Red.
Ron Wood has said a reunion tour between himself and Kenney and Rod would be “brilliant”, after a one-off impromptu performance at Stewart’s 70th birthday BUT that it’s being held up by Stewart’s management, who had made “everything about money”.
Speaking at a Q&A with with fans, to push his new diaries, Woody says simply wants the Faces to “get together and play for people” and added that “(They) make everything about money and we’re trying not to do that … why can’t the three surviving guys from the Faces just get together and play for people?”
His words echo sentiments from Jones, who earlier this year said: “Rod, Woody and me are still going to do the Faces this year. It’s more important now than ever.”
The trio performed together earlier this year at a private party, before Stewart returned to his Las Vegas residency.
Speaking about his book, How Can It Be? A Rock and Roll Diary, Wood also talked about the scene in ’65 and about the music biz today, saying: “I feel sorry for some of the younger bands nowadays who suddenly have to be on the X Factor or something and don’t have any breaking ground to cut their teeth”.
“Before us, the Beatles used to go over to Hamburg and play four sets a night, every night, and think nothing of it, and that’s how they ended up with their style so tweaked.”
A special edition of the book, his real-life diary from the year 1965, is out in June.
No word yet from Rod Stewart’s management on the issue of money and the proposed reunion of The Faces. Now enjoy this short doc. on The FACES!