…so, he’s only really got one face, but he has 10 fingers and a great deal of musical history wrapped up in them.
Legendary British Rock Keyboardist Ian McLagan began playing in bands in the 60’s and was asked to join Small Faces in 1965, playing his debut gig with them at Lyceum Theater. In 1969, When Steve Marriott left the band, Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart stepped in and the bands name was shortened simply to FACES.
When Faces disbanded in 1975, Ron Wood became a full time member of The Rolling Stones and Jones joined The Who after the death of Kieth Moon. McLagan moved to the U.S. and toured as a Rolling Stones sideman in addition to forming Ian McLagan and the Bump Band. McLagan continues playing with The Bump Band and recently released the 10-track album United States on Yep-Roc Records, his first studio album since the 2008 Never Say Never , which he created after loosing his wife Kim Kerrigan (Moons estranged ex-girlfriend) in a car accident in 2006-after 33 years of marriage (the track ‘Love Letters’ off of United States is a tribute to her…“I have all the love letters I sent her on the road that I had completely forgotten about — just postcards from different places around the world. She kept them all”).
McLagan has also worked with the likes of Chuck Berry, Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Melissa Etheridge, John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Westerberg, Izzy Stradlin, Frank Black, Nikki Sudden and Tony Scalzo as a session musician, has been a member of Billy Bragg’s Band since 1997 and joined The Black Crowes on stage for an encore set in 2010 in Austin, Texas.
Faces performed in 2009 with the surviving members (minus Stewart) for the Performing Rights Society’s Music Members’ Benevolent Fund at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Mick Hucknall replacing Stewart and Bill Wyman filling in on Bass for the late Ronnie Lane (whose widow was one of many to receive assistance from the charity) and in 2010/2011, the band played several festival dates with Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols on bass.
McLagan is a rock legend, having been at it for a half a century, there is no doubt that his induction into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2012 was hard earned.
Lucky for us-though McLagan is seemingly firmly rooted in Texas- he still makes his rounds and has a soft spot for The Mint and from the looks of last nights audience it seems that that rock and roll fans, young and old alike, still have a soft spot for him as well. With a few Bump members by his side (namely Jon Notarthomas on bass and “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb on guitar) Mclagan charmed the whole house within moments of stepping on the stage and continued to keep everyone enamored for nearly an hour and half with several tracks off of United States including ‘He’s not for you’, ‘I’m your Baby Now’ and ‘Love Letters’ as well as a few tracks off older albums such as Rise and Shines ‘Been a Long Time’. He also threw in the Small Faces track ‘Get Yourself Together’ and Faces track ‘Cindy Incidentally’ and closed with smoking hot cover of Little Walters ‘Temperature’.
One of the best parts of seeing McLagan live was seeing how genuinely pure his love for music and talent still is-in spite of all the heartache of his years, McLagan has a vivacious energy not only on the keys and in his vocals but in his interactions with the audience that I feel is a rare gift found in the heart of a true musician. Seeing acts such as him here at The Mint is an honor and a privilege never to be forgotten.
Thank you to Ian McLagan for such an incredibly memorable performance and also to Imaginary Friends for kicking off the evening and of course, thank you to everyone who came out to witness it and for helping keep Rock and Roll alive!
*Sorry that the quality of photos/video is not the best-Smart Phones are not as smart as they lead us to believe!