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Interview:
Ex-Faces Keyboardist Gains From Pain On New Album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Ian McLagan’s new album is called “Never Say Never,” but there was a point before making it where he felt as if he might never play music again. The former Faces keyboardist and Rolling Stones sideman’s wife, Kim, was killed in an auto accident in 2006.

“I really didn’t know if I wanted to

record or do anything soon after she died,” McLagan, 63, notes, “but I found myself singing and playing (the song) ‘Where Angels Hide’ the next day. And I played it several times a day, every day, for a long time.

“Music is the healer — I know it as an absolute, stone cold fact. I wouldn’t be here today without the music and my band members, my musician friends. They kept me going. I’m doing much better. I’m fine now. But the tough times, I couldn’t have done it on my own.”

“Never Say Never,” recorded in Austin, Texas — where McLagan has lived since 1994 — with his Bump Band, has received rave reviews since it was released overseas in 2008. (It came out this week in the U.S.) But the achievement has been eclipsed a bit by another development in McLagan’s musical life — a possible Faces reunion.

The group members, who split up in 1975, got together during November in London to play, and McLagan says the sessions went “really, really great.” But since then, frontman Rod Stewart has refuted reports about a tour and a new album and now, McLagan says, guitarist Ron Wood (currently a member of the Rolling Stones) is proffering a plan to

“do a couple shows and film it.”

“It’s what (we) would like Rod to agree to,” McLagan says. “I’m hoping he’ll be into that, ‘cause it’ll be such a lot of fun. I don’t want to do anything next year. I’m not gonna wait again. It’s either gonna be this year ... It’s now or never!

“So I’ve got my fingers crossed, but I’m not going to waste energy trying to make it happen. I’ve worked for 30 years trying to make it happen. It’s now in the lap of the gods — or the hands of Rod, maybe.”



Ian McLagan & the Bump Band and the Muggs perform Sunday (March 8) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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