With Mick huddling with Scorsese and Keef wrapping his autobiography, Ronnie Wood decided to get off his bum and make a solo record. Eagle Records will issue the Stones guitarist’s “I Feel Like Playing” on Sept. 28. The guest-laden package features collaborators like Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Womack, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, the seemingly ubiquitous Slash and Faces amigo Ian McLagan.
Last week, Wood, keyboardist McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones regrouped as the Faces at London’s O2 Arena, with Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall and the Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock (?!) sitting in for Rod Stewart and the late Ronnie Lane, respectively. SoundCheck can’t imagine what that sounded like.
Wood will soon be heard in the company of his Stones cohorts Jagger and Richards: All three musicians appear (albeit on separate tracks) on Jerry Lee Lewis’ all-star set “Mean Old Man,” due from Verve on Sept. 7. Woody plays on the title track, and it’s one of the better numbers on the collection.
(BTW, Stones fans will no doubt be disappointed by Jerry Lee’s duet with Keef on “Sweet Virginia,” since a certain four-letter expletive is expurgated on the singer-pianist’s version. “You’ve got to scrape that shine right off your shoes?” Really, Killer…)