Ronnie Wood Talks The Faces, Rock Hall At His NYC Art Opening
While it appears the Rolling Stones aren’t hitting the road in 2012, it does not mean certain band members aren’t keeping busy. A second induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a worldwide art exhibition and a concert in Atlantic City are all occupying guitarist Ronnie Wood‘s social calendar at the moment, making him a pretty busy man.
Wood appeared in New York City Monday (April 9) at Broome Street Gallery, which is featuring his art for a three-month exhibition dubbed “Faces, Time and Places,” to field a few questions and discuss the many projects and events he’s involved in. Watch Monday’s Ronnie Wood press conference below.
Wood’s collection of art will be on display now until June 30 at Broome Street Gallery thanks to Symbolic Collection, which features 20th century pop culture art from around the world. Titled “Faces, Time and Places,” art from Wood’s collection was selected by himself and Brandon Coburn, who manages many private collections, artists and galleries.
“They both go hand in hand,” Wood says about his inclinations towards music and art. “Ever since I was a kid, I always painted or played something.”
Though Wood is a fan of art from all over the world, New York City is the place to be for the guitarist when looking to view his favorite pieces. “I love to go to the Frick in New York because it has Rembrandt,” Wood says of the museum, located at East 70th Street in Manhattan. “I love all the impressionists.”
Wood’s art was chosen by Symbolic to recognize the guitar great’s second induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which will take place in Cleveland this Saturday (April 14). The Middlesex native was inducted as a member of the Rolling Stones in 1989 and will be enshrined once again for his work with the Faces.
“It’s a great honor,” says Wood, which will include a performance with past members of the band, including former Faces vocalist Rod Stewart. “I thought I was the only one,” the slide guitar specialist explains of his second induction. “Then I realized Rod had been inducted as a solo artist (in 1994), as well as a group member.”
When asked how he will celebrate his second entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Wood replied with a laugh: “By having a Diet Coke.”
To coincide with their entry into the Rock Hall, the Faces will tell the tale of their band with the release of their first book, “Faces: 1969-75.” The limited edition book, from Genesis Publications, features stories from Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones. Accompanying their first hand accounts, from the formation of the Faces in 1969 until their disbandment in 1975, will be over 200 photos from renowned rock photographers and the band’s personal archives, many of which have never been seen before.
Each copy of “Faces: 1969-75″ has been personally signed by Wood, Jones and McLagan. Wood admits Stewart wished to be included in the signing of the books, and even suggested having them sent over to him, but there was an issue from “the people in charge.
“He was in management entanglement at the time with his lawyers, who are complete a**h****, let me tell you,” Wood said.
Wood’s busy schedule doesn’t end when the ceremonies in Cleveland come to a close on Saturday. He’ll be performing at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City on April 21. All in all, Wood’s busy schedule arises only positivity, not only for him, but everyone involved.
“It’s a great time for the Faces. It’s a great time for me. It’s a great time for my art. It’s a great time for music in general.”
— E.J. Judge, WCBSFM New York