Rod Stewart will rejoin the Faces for next month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

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Rod Stewart is set to join the Faces for the first time in almost 20 years, as the group celebrates its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Faces reunited in 2010, but without Stewart, who was having vocal problems at the time.

“We all had dinner about a month ago,” drummer Kenney Jones says, “and decided that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would be the perfect time and place.”

The Faces — Stewart, future Who drummer Jones, the Rolling Sontes’ Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Ronnie Lane — coalesced after the breakup of the Small Faces in 1969. They would release four studio albums, touring regularly, before Stewart left to pursue his own Hall of Fame solo career.

The group is expected to play a three-song set, with two songs from the Faces era — which was highlighted by the hit “Stay With Me” — as well as one from the Small Faces era, Jones told Music Radar..

Of course, the next question then becomes: Will this be a one-off appearance, or are the Faces planning a lengthier tour?

“We’ll just have to see how it goes,” Jones says. “I’d like to think there’s more to come, although it depends how everyone’s individual schedules are shaping up. But we’re all really looking forward to getting up on stage again, it’s been far too long.”

This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are set for April 14. Stewart has previously been inducted as a solo artist in 1994; Wood entered the hall with the Stones in 1989.

Here’s a look back at our recent thoughts on Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, as well as fellow 2012 inductees the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys and Laura Nyro. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

DEEP CUTS: ROD STEWART, “EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY” (1971): Before he had hooked up with Clive Davis to transform himself into a dubious version of Tony Bennett…many MANY years before…Rod Stewart was a seriously good rock singer. Especially back in 1971, as Stewart unveiled the second of his holy trinity of classic albums, Every Picture Tells A Story (the first being Gasoline Alley and the third Never A Dull Moment). This is the record that contained his signature hit “Maggie Mae” and the fine English folk album cut “Mandolin Wind.” It also commences with one whale of a rocker with a song by the same name as the album.

RON WOOD AND THE FIRST BARBARIANS – LIVE FROM KILBURN (2007): Ron Wood was still a member of The Faces when he put out I’ve Got My Own Album To Do. This live recording (and DVD) is from that tour, featuring Wood on guitar, Faces buddy Ian McLagan, and even an appearance by Rod Stewart. Future Rolling Stones cohort Keith Richards is there, too. I’ve always been more of a fan of Wood’s Gimme Some Neck, but that doesn’t stop me from turning this record up way too loud.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – GREATEST HITS (2003): The Chili Peppers is one of those bands that I resisted. They were getting airplay from Mother’s Milk (“Higher Ground”, no doubt) and I just did not get it. Then Blood Sugar Sex Magik came out. This was the Peppers’ London Calling, their Dark Side Of The Moon (and hopefully not their Frampton Comes Alive). The funk was undeniable: killer guitar riffs and powerful in-the-pocket drumming, all anchored by Flea’s kinetic and soulful bass. So one day at work I’m listening to BSSM and a co-worker asks me if I’ve heard the ‘real’ Chili Peppers. He offers up his LP copies of Uplift Mofo Party Plan and Freaky Styley. Cripes, this stuff is nuts!

LAURA NYRO – LIVE AT THE BOTTOM LINE (1988): You may already have an idea of Laura Nyro’s music, which has been covered by the likes of Blood Sweat & Tears, 5th Dimension and Three Dog Night. It’s got a lot of soul, with dashes of folk, jazz and even a Broadway showtune occasionally thrown in for good measure. Sometimes she can be confused with Joni Mitchell or Carole King, even though she slightly preceded them both as stars. Todd Rundgren has built much of his solo career around trying to duplicate the intricate, yet sweet-sounding melodies that was this lady’s stock in trade. But none of that makes a great live record. What does is a tight band, great arrangements, good vocals (supported superbly by Diane Wilson), song selection and good rapport with the audience. It’s all here.

THE BEASTIE BOYS – SOME OLD BULLSH-T (1994): Some interesting early sides, featuring the Beastie Boys’ Pollywog Stew (an eight-song punk-thrash thing from 1982) with the “Cooky Puss” 12-inch from 1984, a surprise regional hit. Having already broken up and reformed several times, the Beasties had by then landed a studio gig recording commercial jingles. That knob fiddling led to a new complexity in their sound, with “Cooky Puss” and then “Bonus Butter” moving into a house-rap synthesis — but, this being the early 1980s, with a heavy disco vibe. Everybody knows what happened next.

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