Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Woodperformed with the Faces as well as an all-star lineup of musicians at the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on April 14 at the Public Hall in Cleveland.
Wood was the original guitarist for the Faces before he joined the Rolling Stones in the mid-1970s. The Rolling Stones were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. The Faces were among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees at the 2012 ceremony. Others who were inducted in 2012 were Guns N’Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Laura Nyro, Donovan and music promoter/TV producer Don Kirshner. Several backing bands were also inducted in 2012, including Smokey Robinson’s the Miracles, Buddy Holly’s the Crickets, Bill Haley’s the Comets and James Brown’s the Famous Flames.
View slideshow: Ronnie Wood at the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony
Wood joined original Faces drummer Kenney Jones and original Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan to accept the induction. As previously reported, original Faces lead singer Rod Stewart had to cancel his appearance at the ceremony because he got sick with the flu. For the Faces’ peformance at the ceremony, Simply Red lead singer Mick Hucknall filled in for Stewart. Hucknall has been touring with a revamped lineup of the Faces since 2010.
An all-star jam takes place at the end of every Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. At the 2012 show, Wood joined Red Hot Chili Peppers, former Guns N’Roses guitarist Slash, Green Day singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, among others, for a rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” a song that Red Hot Chili Peppers remade for their 1989 album “Mother’s Milk.”
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony lasted for five-and-a-half hours. HBO will premiere an edited version of the show on May 5, 2012.
The Associated Press reports:
“Stevie Van Zandt, one of Bruce Springsteen’s sidemen in the E Street Band, inducted the Small Faces and Faces, bands that included Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, two rock superstars.
“Van Zandt credited the underrated bands for having a major influence on generations of rockers. He said both were blessed to have strong lead singers in the late Steve Marriott and Rod Stewart.
“‘Not many bands get two lives or two of the greatest white soul singers in the history of rock and roll,’ he said.
“Stewart came down with the flu this week and couldn’t attend. Simply Red’s lead singer Mick Hucknall, a friend of the band, filled on three songs including the classic ‘Stay With Me,’ with Wood, previously inducted with the Rolling Stones, delivering an exquisite slide guitar.”