Mark Beaumont; Penny LancasterFounding Faces keyboardist Ian “Mac” McLagan died last December at age 69 after suffering a massive stroke. McLagan’s unexpected passing threw into doubt a rumored reunion of the surviving Faces band mates — singer Rod Stewart, guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Kenney Jones — that was supposedly going to take place sometime this year. However, in a new interview, Jones says the reunion plans are moving forward.

“Rod, Woody, and me are still going to do the Faces this year,” Kenney tells The Austin Chronicle. “It’s more important now than ever.”

The Faces were notorious for their raucous, boozy performances, and were even known to have a bartender onstage with them when they played shows.

Jones says that when he, Stewart and Wood get back together to perform, “we’ll have the bartender onstage again,” adding, “And a coffee machine for Woody.” Ronnie, of course, has been focused on maintaining his sobriety in recent years.

As for Wood’s take on a Faces reunion, he says, “There’s got to be a heavy dose of humor in everything we do…Mac epitomized the funny side of things, even in the most dire conditions.”

McLagan, who had established himself as a fixture in the Austin, Texas, music scene late in his life, will be paid homage at two separate events this week at the city’s annual South by Southwest festival. The first will take place tonight at the 2015 Austin Music Awards, which will include a tribute performance featuring members of Ian’s solo group The Bump Band, singer/songwriters Patty Griffin and Alejandro Escovedo, and special guests. The second will be a panel discussion about McLagan’s life and music that’s scheduled for this Saturday at 4 p.m. CT. That event, which will feature Griffin, Rolling Stone writer David Fricke, Austin-based Irish musician, author and DJ BP Fallon and others, will be streamed live online at SXSW.com.

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