Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart have lead the tributes from the music world to their Faces bandmate Ian McLagan, who died yesterday (December 3) at the age of 69.
As reported, McLagan died in a Texas hosptial after suffering a stroke. McLagan joined the Small Faces in 1965 and continued to play with the band after they changed their name to the Faces in 1969, when Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood joined.
Stewart has led the tributes to McLagan. In a statement given to NME, he said: “I’m absolutely devastated. Ian McLagan embodied the true spirit of the Faces. Last night I was at a charity do, Mick Hucknall was singing ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, and Ron Wood texted to say Ian had passed. It was as if his spirit was in the room. I’ll miss you mate.”
Ronnie Wood, who played with McLagan as part of the Faces and The Rolling Stones, also tweeted his own tribute to his late friend. The message also mentioned Rolling Stones saxophone player Bobby Keys, who died earlier this week..
The Faces split in 1975, and McLagan began work as a session musician, playing with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Bonnie Raitt and Frank Black over the years. In 1994 he moved to Austin.
He also performed regularly with Billy Bragg, who paid tribute to the keyboard player on Twitter, writing: “I have lost a dear friend and British rock has lost one of its greatest players. RIP Ian McLagan”.
The Faces reunited in 2010 with Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall on lead vocals in place of Rod Stewart. The band also tweeted a tribute to McLagan, as too did The Rolling Stones’ former manager Andrew Loog Oldham. McLagan played extensively with the band over the years.