Now 66 years old, he was speaking after being honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in Los Angeles.
The 70s rock outfit reformed back in 2009 after a 34-year hiatus, although Mick Hucknall took charge of the lead vocals as Stewart was otherwise engaged.
And while Stewart confessed that he didn’t get a chance to see the former Simply Red singer’s attempts at stepping into his shoes as the Faces front man, he offered his praise.
“I heard they were really good and I sent an email to Woody (Ronnie Wood) congratulating him,” he said. “They only did one show, whether they’re going to do any more I don’t know.”
Although they enjoyed only modest success compared to contemporaries such as The Who and The Rolling Stones, the Faces have had considerable influence on latter-day rock bands.
Meanwhile, regardless of a Faces reunion, the singer has been enjoying returning to his musical roots with some new songs.
“I’m doing a blues album now [with] Jeff Beck and it’ll be another milestone for me,” he confessed. “That’s how I started out with folk music and blues stuff.”
Although the seven albums he has released since 2001 have just featured covers of other people’s songs, the singer said the ASCAP honour would “maybe give me a push up the bum to start writing again”.
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