The Faces Have Recorded 14 New Songs Since Reforming
The Faces drummer, Kenney Jones, has revealed that he and his bandmates – Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood – have already recorded new material. In an interview with BANG Showbiz (via Contact Music), Jones revealed that a mix of old and new songs have been recorded since the veteran rockers reformed in the summer.
“We’ve done about 14 songs, it’s a mixture of stuff we never released which is worthy of releasing and there’s some new stuff which is really wonderful. Rod is writing the lyrics and he’s really keen on it.”
Jones also gave fans the lowdown on the band’s future live plans, suggesting that they intend to play a series of huge shows but that a lengthier tour is not yet planned: “Whether or not we’re going to go on a big extended tour remains to be seen. What we have decided is to do some really big gigs like The O2, Maddison Square Garden, some other big venues in America. Nothing elaborate on stage, just bring back The Faces live.”
Jones has recently set up his own record label, Nice Records, releasing Small Faces – Live 1966, a previously-unreleased set from his pre-Faces group. Jones told The List: “It’s great to launch Nice Records and to be able to take back control of the Small Faces products and recordings. I have assembled a first class team who understand the importance of the Small Faces legacy. I am so pleased there is a record of us performing at this time. We were a great live act then and even though we started to have hits, our live act was never the same again. This gig is really what the Small Faces were all about.”
Jones has been trawling his musical archive for other lost gems, and he says between him and Ronnie Wood they have discovered almost 100 lost songs: “Ronnie has found around 90 pieces of music and I’ve found around 50 pieces of music, some are whole tracks, some are not, some are just bits.”