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Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea is to play bass for Rod Stewart's reuniting band The Faces

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Flea, of Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea, of Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea is to join The Faces.

Guitarist Ronnie Wood has confirmed the band - fronted by Rod Stewart - are already rehearsing for a reunion tour and revealed the 'Around The World' bassist is ready to step in to replace original member Ronnie Lane, who died in 1997.

Ronnie told Rolling Stone magazine: "We had a few fantastic rehearsals last week and we're ready to go. It's like no time has passed by

"There's a lot of guest bass players that want to do it - including Flea.

"We just have to sort out when and where and drop all of the management egos and just do what we can. We know we can do it. It's just a matter of getting everyone's availability sometime next year."

As well as a tour, the band are also considering releasing a new album.

Ronnie - who also performs with The Rolling Stones - added: "Rod wants me to write a load of new stuff for him, so I can do that.

"I'm itching to do more work with The Rolling Stones too. We just haven't decided when and where, yet, but I know we will."

The Faces was formed with members from two bands, the Small Faces and the Jeff Beck group, in 1969 and included keyboard player Ian McLagan, drummer Kenney Jones and Ronnie Lane on bass alongside Rod and Ronnie.

The group split in 1975 and Rod went on to enjoy an incredibly successful solo career.

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