Faces Artistfacts

  • 1969-1978
    Ronnie LaneBass1969-1973
    Kenney JonesDrums1969-1978
    Ian McLaganKeyboards1969-1978
    Rod StewartVocals1969-1976
    Ron WoodGuitar, vocals1969-1976
    Rick WillsBass1976-1978
    Joe BrownGuitar1976-1978
    Tetsu YamauchiBass1973-1978
  • The band started in 1965 as Small Faces. They dropped the "small" in 1969 when Rod Stewart and Ron Wood joined.
  • When touring with Stewart, they were known for living a wild lifestyle. They were banned from so many hotels, including the entire Holiday Inn chain, that they had to check in as "Fleetwood Mac."

    "The Faces all rather liked cocaine," Stewart wrote in his 2012 memoir, adding that Ian McLagan wore a fake carnation on stage that he would dust with cocaine so he could take a hit during shows.
  • Yamauchi was a member of the band Free. Stewart and Wood came from the Jeff Beck Group.
  • Faces were good friends with The Rolling Stones until they poached Ron Wood from them in 1976. Rod Stewart recalls Mick Jagger assuring him that The Stones would never break up the Faces shortly before the move.
  • After The Who drummer Keith Moon died, Jones replaced him. McLagan ended up marrying Moon's widow.
  • Rick Wills left the band to join Foreigner. Rod Stewart enjoyed solo success, and Ronnie Lane recorded several albums with his group Slim Chance before his death in 1997. Lane had multiple sclerosis.
  • A previous incarnation of the band was called Quiet Melon and featured Ron Wood's older brother, Art.


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