Sunday, 26 January 2014

“Here comes the thrice” says the South Yorkshire Times

Ace faces needed to look no further than Fibbers for a thoroughly three-mendous modern music treat.

The popular York venue hosted (last Friday) a Faces festival, turning the Stonegate venue into a Mods’ mecca.

The Faces Story tells the tale with finely crafted tunes of one of the longest enduring late great musical movements.

The Small Fakers, Humble Lie and The Faces Experience made it a must-see event for discerning members of the in crowd still into arguably best bit of Britpop culture’s most dynamic and creative period.

Featuring a trio of exceptional tribute acts and internationally-renowned Rod Stewart tribute Stan Terry, the show represents very best of three amazing bands inextricably linked.

The stunning two-and-a-half hour show recreates the sights, sounds, energy and excitement generated from ’65 to ’75 by exceptional talents of Marriott, Lane, MacLagan, Jones, Frampton, Ridley, Shirley and Wood as well as Rod The Mod.

To recap ... The Small Faces were the foremost UK band for a sharp-dressed and hip youth cult, remaining hugely influential even now. Top tunes All Or Nothing, Here Come The Nice, Tin Soldier, Itchycoo Park, Lazy Sunday ... case rested!

Humble Pie, formed by Marriott with Peter Frampton on guitar, rivaled Zeppelin in taking “white man’s blues” to another level, reworking R&B standards and writing powerful originals.

Live At The Fillmore seminal live album showed just why they dominated the US arena and concert hall circuit throughout the early ‘70s with Thirty Days In A Hole, Four Day Creep, Big Black Dog, Hot ‘n’ Nasty, Black Coffee and their lava-hot version of Ray Charles’s I Don’t Need No Doctor.

The Faces had to regroup after losing seemingly irreplaceable pocket rocket Marriott but the remaining members simply recruited Ronnie Wood on guitar and a certain Roderick David Stewart on lead vocals.

The rest, as they say, is historyThree Button Hand Me Down, Cindy Incidentally, Stay With Me, Ooh La La, Debris and Miss Judy’s Farm were hits while The Faces also backed Rod as a solo artist with massive monsters like Maggie May, Reason To Believe, You Wear It Well, Mandolin Wind, Gasoline Alley and way too many more to mention.

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