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Ian McLagan's ready to rock: Austin sends the icon off to the Hall of Fame in style

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Ian McLagan with KUT's Jodi Denberg accepting mayoral proclamation of "Ian McLagan and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Day". Photo by Iggy Garcia/ KXAN
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Feeling a little more rock and roll today? On Thursday, Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell pronounced the day “Ian McLagan and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame day” as “Mac” — as he’s known in town — left for Cleveland to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

At Saturday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, McLagan will perform with his group the Faces, along with bandmates Ron Wood and Rod Stewart, for the first time in nearly two decades.

McLagan was a member of both the Small Faces and the Faces. The Small Faces formed in London in 1965 and were considered as equals to some of the biggest bands in England: The Rolling Stones, The Who and of course, the Beatles. The band was reborn as the harder-rocking Faces in the seventies when Rod Stewart and Ron Wood joined McLagan after leaving the Jeff Beck Group.

 McLagan will perform with his group the Faces, along with bandmates Ron Wood and Rod Stewart, for the first time in nearly two decades.

The Faces have been an influence on decades of musicians. The Black Crowes have long cited the Faces as one of their biggest influences and in their last show at Stubbs McLagan joined the band for a run of Faces tunes including “You’re So Rude” and “Glad and Sorry.”   

The British keyboardist has called Austin home for many years, but has kept in touch with his contemporaries across the pond. In 2006, McLagan and the Bump Band opened for the Rolling Stones at their Zilker Park show. 

At the airport, McLagan said he loves living in Austin and appreciates being surrounded by all the musicians here. He said he was excited but casually downplayed the importance of the award.

McLagan regularly plays around Austin with his band the Bump Band, who have a regular Thursday happy hour gig at Lucky Lounge. 

The Faces will be inducted along with Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Donovan, and Laura Nyro.

Today’s mayoral proclamation read:

Be It known that

Whereas,

Ian McLagan was an early member of Small Faces a revolutionary band from the UK formed in the 1960s and, later, a member of Faces and,

Whereas,

The Small Faces and Faces had an explosive series of hit singles and classic albums; and,

Whereas,

The Small Faces and Faces are 2012 Inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and,

Whereas,

Ian McLagan is an influential representative of the Austin Music Community;

Now, Therefore,

I, Lee Leffingwell, Mayor of the Live Music Capital of the World do hearby proclaim:

April 12, 2012 as Ian McLagan and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Day.

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