Ian McLagan has spoken out, claiming that Stewart has not yet contacted him and Kenney Jones regarding a reunion and that even if he did, “they’ve bigger fish to fry”.
Speaking to Uncut, keyboardist McLagan said that he and drummer Jones will first be focusing on reuniting the Small Faces, the band the Faces were later to become, but which did not involve Stewart. McLagan commented: “Why would we fuck around with the Faces when we’ve got bigger fish to fry?” He added that Stewart will “have to wait until 2016 because 2015 is the Small Faces’ year.”
Earlier this month, Stewart said that he would likely play with his old band the Faces in 2015. Speaking to WZLX radio station in Boston, he said that he and Ronnie Wood were planning a Faces reunion for the year after next. He commented: “I think we have got much more of a chance of getting the Faces back together, in fact, Ronnie’s office is talking to my people, and we’re ear-marking 2015.” Of this, McLagan said: “It’s interesting that Rod announces these things without talking to me or Kenney.”
The Faces reunited in 2010 and played a number of shows with Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall on lead vocals in place of Stewart, including a headline performance at the Vintage at Goodwood Festival, and the band toured in 2011. In 2012 Hucknall sang ‘Stay With Me’ at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, even though Stewart had planned to perform with the band, but later came down with the flu. Stewart last played with the band at the Brit Awards in 1993.