The striking thing about listening to Ian McLagan -- legendary session keyboardist and a founding member of the Faces, the early '70s rock 'n' roll outfit fronted by Rod Stewart that <I>razed</I> the bar for every partying band that followed -- these days is not so much in reveling in the raspily regaled tales of drunken debauchery, but in recognizing his obvious and genuine appreciation for a great melody and poignant lyric, particularly if it was written or co-written by late friend and bandmate Ronnie Lane.</B>

The striking thing about listening to Ian McLagan — legendary session keyboardist and a founding member of the Faces, the early ’70s rock ‘n’ roll outfit fronted by Rod Stewart that razed the bar for every partying band that followed — these days is not so much in reveling in the raspily regaled tales of drunken debauchery, but in recognizing his obvious and genuine appreciation for a great melody and poignant lyric, particularly if it was written or co-written by late friend and bandmate Ronnie Lane.

McLagan compiled the glorious Warner Bros./Rhino four-disc boxed set “Five Guys Walk Into a Bar …” as a loving tribute to Lane, and he took every opportunity to honor the man’s memory by acknowledging his many songwriting contributions throughout the evening’s two sets before an appreciative audience.

His current Bump Band of crack Austin, Texas-based musicians, featured on the live follow-up to last year’s McLagan disc “Rise & Shine,” are as adept at moving from the raucous “Little Troublemaker” and rollicking “You’re so Rude” to the tastefully rendered ballads “Glad and Sorry” and “Mystifies Me” as McLagan is adroit in quickly alternating between barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano stomps and whirling-dervish Hammond organ swells.

A cup of Throat Coat tea now sits within his reach for more of the night than does a pint of Guinness (though the latter invariably makes an appearance near perf’s end) as McLagan does his best to preserve his voice, and a great musical legacy, for all to hear … cheers, mate.

Ian McLagan

Tangier; 155 capacity; $15

Production

Presented inhouse.

Cast

Band: Ian McLagan, "Scrappy" Jud Newcomb, Mark Andes, Don Harvey. Reviewed Feb. 11, 2005. Also at the Mint, Feb. 12.
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