Ian McLagan, the electrifying pianist and songwriter of Small Faces and the Faces who became a rock ‘n’ roll journeyman with stints backing Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and others, died Dec. 3 in Austin, Texas, due to complications from a stroke suffered a day earlier. He was 69.
Words from Rod Stewart about his former Faces bandmate:
“I’m absolutely devastated,” he told NME. “Ian McLagan embodied the true spirit of the Faces. Last night I was at a charity do, Mick Hucknall was singing ‘I’d Rather Go Blind,’ and Ron Wood texted to say Ian had passed. It was as if his spirit was in the room. I’ll miss you mate.