Billboard Bits: The Faces, Arab Strap, Early Day Miners/Wilco
The Faces haven't played together in more than 30 years, but vocalist Rod Stewart says he would not rule out reforming the still-influential group for a special occasion.The Faces haven't played together in more than 30 years, but vocalist Rod Stewart says he would not rule out reforming the still-influential group for a special occasion. "It'd be great to put the band together for charity [or] a one-off event," he tells Billboard, adding that the group's surviving members --guitarist Ronnie Wood, keyboardist Ian McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones -- are open to the idea, too.
"Ronnie is always up for it. So's Ian and Kenney. We'd just need to find ourselves a bass player," he said, referring to Ronnie Lane, who died in 1997 due to complications from multiple sclerosis. For now, Stewart is focused on his next album, "Still the Same ... Great Rock Classics of Our Time," due Oct. 12 via J.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Veteran Scottish rock act Arab Strap will call its quits after a farewell tour and a final compilation. "There's no animosity, no drama. We simply feel we've run our course," explains group member Aidan Moffat. "[The recent album] 'The Last Romance' seems the most obvious and logical final act of the Arab Strap studio adventure. Everybody likes a happy ending."
Moffat and Malcolm Middleton will be pursuing respective solo endeavors after the Nov. 27 release of the Chemikal Underground compilation "Ten Years of Tears" (Chemikal Underground). The set will contain B-sides, demos, remixes, live tracks, sessions from John Peel's BBC radio show and some new songs.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Indiana rock outfit Early Day Miners has been tapped to open three shows for Wilco on Oct. 4 in West Lafayette, Ind., Oct. 6 in East Lansing, Mich., and Oct. 8 in Louisville. The group is presently touring in support of its new Secretly Canadian album, "Offshore," comprised entirely of a 40-minute version of a track previously released on the band's 2002 album "Let Us Garlands Bring."
Early Day Miners frontman Dan Burton previously worked with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche when he mixed the latter's 2002 self-titled album with his On Fillmore side project.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.