After an evening filled with fiery performances from Lizzo and Stormzy and subdued, affecting turns from Harry Styles and Billie Eilish at the 2020 Brit Awards, British rock elder statesman Rod Stewart took the stage flanked by chandeliers and a massive orchestra for the evening’s finale.
“Jack — I’m gonna do this one for your mum, Hilary,” Stewart said, nodding to Brit Awards host Jack Whitehall’s mother, whom Whitehall joked was “throwing herself” at Rod earlier in the night. The song in question was the 1975 weeper “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” originally a song recorded by Neil Young affiliates Crazy Horse.
“This show may be 40 years old, but the Faces are 50 years old,” Stewart said, referring to the bluesy hard rock outfit that formed out of Small Faces decades ago in the U.K. “There used to be five of us, and now there’s three,” he said, before inviting out the fellow two surviving members — Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones — for a little reunion.
The Faces delivered their scuzzy booze-blues classic “Stay With Me” with some orchestral backup, but it was the mean-as-hell guitar licks and even some dance moves from Rod that stole the finale.
We’ll add video of the performance when it’s available.