How often will we get the opportunity to see a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee play a venue the size of The Wormhole?
Indeed, Saturday should prove a rare opportunity, but if that’s not enough to get you out to the Bull Street venue, here’s some additional encouragement:
Ian McLagan was inducted into the Rock Hall for his organ and piano work with both The Small Faces and The Faces. Despite featuring a vocalist by the name of Rod Stewart, The Faces never achieved household-name status; however, they can count future Rock Hall shoo-ins The Replacements, Wilco, and Ryan Adams amongst their acolytes.
Beyond his membership in those two bands, McLagan deserves a place in the pantheon of great rock keyboardists for his studio resume. To date he has recorded with artists such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart (when Stewart was still good), Paul Westerberg, Ryan Adams, Frank Black, and Lucinda Williams.
As a solo artist, McLagan has continued on in the great barroom rock tradition of The Faces. His latest album, United States, was released earlier this year. Below, check out McLagan’s chops on a live performance of a song from that album: