Rock legends The Faces reformed last Saturday night for a one off gig as part of the Rock ‘N Horsepower Prostate Cancer charity event at former drummer Kenney Jones’ Hurtwood Polo Club near Ewhurst.
Jones was joined on stage by singer Rod Stewart and former Faces and now Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. In a set lasting nearly an hour they banged out old classics like ‘Ooh La La’ and ‘Stay with Me’ before finishing off with a resounding version of Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Rock and Roller’. Stewart and Wood’s personal chemistry certainly hasn’t waned over the 40 or so years since the Faces last played together. As the announcer said earlier this was ‘Rock history in the making’ and it was a pleasure and privilege to have witnessed it. Last week Rod Stewart was playing Las Vegas. This week a field in Surrey.
The Faces set was the climax of a superb day of polo, motoring and music.
Also featuring in the music event were Mollie Marriot, daughter of the late Steve Marriot the original lead singer of the Small Faces; the highly entertaining Leo Green Experience; Midge Ure formerly of Ultravox; singer and composer Chris Jagger (who has a famous brother apparently); Paul Carrack, formerly of Squeeze and Mike and Mechanics, and Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel.
Rock ‘N’ Horsepower is Prostate Cancer UK’s flagship music event, put on by Kenney Jones and his wife Jayne to raise much needed funds and awareness for the disease. Prostate cancer kills over 10,000 men in the UK every year and over 42,000 are diagnosed, making it the most common cancer in men.
By Brian Bateman