Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood might get his second induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if the Faces are inducted. Wood was in the Faces before he joined the Rolling Stones in the mid-1970s. The Faces (as well as the Small Faces, the band that preceded the Faces) have been nominated to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
The members of the Faces in their early 1970s heyday were lead singer Rod Stewart, Wood, bassist Ronnie Lane, keyboardist Ian McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones. After Lane quit the band in 1973, he was replaced by Tetsu Yamauchi.
The Faces, formed in 1969, were a spinoff of the Small Faces. The members of the Small Faces were Lane, Jimmy Winston (later replaced by McLagan), Jones and lead singer/guitarist Steve Marriott. After Marriott left the Small Faces to form Humble Pie, the remaining band members created the Faces with Stewart as the lead singer and Wood as the lead guitarist.
The Faces are best known for their songs “Stay With Me,” “(I Know) I’m Losing You” and “Ooh La La.” The band’s last studio album was 1973’s “Ooh La La,” and the last Faces album was the 1974 live set “Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners,” which was credited to Rod Stewart and the Faces. The Faces occasionally reunited in the 1980s and 1990s for one-off performances.
In 2010 and 2011, a revamped lineup of the Faces that included original members Wood, Jones and McLagan went on tour. Stewart declined to take part in this Faces reunion, so Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall stepped in as lead vocalist. Lane died of multiple sclerosis in 1997, so former Sex Pistols bass player Glen Matlock became the bass player of the revamped lineup of the Faces.
In 2011, the first official Faces autobiography, “Faces 1969-1975,” was released as a limited-edition book by Genesis Publications.
Artists eligible for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony are artists who released their first single or first album in or before 1986.
In addition to the Faces and the Small Faces, the other artists who have been nominated for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions are Guns N’ Roses, the Cure, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Eric B. and Rakim, the Spinners, Freddy King, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Beastie Boys, Laura Nyro, War, Donovan and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Sometime in December 2011, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will announce which artists made the final cut for the Class of 2012. The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum are located.
Wood is not the only original member of the Faces who already has a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Jones was the Who’s drummer for several years, and he got his first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction when the Who was inducted in 1990. In 1994, Stewart was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.