Ian McLagan, a journeyman British keyboardist known for the famous company he keeps and who he has made music with, performs songs from the various eras of his remarkable career on Oct. 30 at Fitzgerald’s (6615 Roosevelt Rd.)in Berwyn.Tickets: $15 in advance and $18 at the door.More: (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
McLagan was a co-founder of the seminal Sixties British blues rock group, Small Faces (with future Humble Pie leader Stevie Marriott and future Who drummer, Kenny Jones). When Marriott left, McLagan helped put together the next incarnation, simply called The Faces, which featured new vocalist Rod Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood.
His Wurlitzer electric piano is heard on a wealth of classic rock hits still in rotation on the radio - “Stay With Me” by the Faces, “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones, "Itchycoo Park" by the Small Faces and Rod Stewart's “Maggie May” and “You Wear It Well.”
Latter day rock groups The London Quireboys, The Charlatans and most notably The Black Crowes, virtually ripped off the Small Faces/Faces trademark sound, but instead of being bitter, McLagan smiles and confesses to doing the same.
“Yes, those bands borrowed a LOT from us, but let’s face it,” said McLagan. “Let’s be honest, we borrowed a LOT ourselves from right there in your own city of Chicago, all those great Chess Records artists like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Howlin' Wolf. Those Chess artists were our inspiration and influences as young lads first playing our instruments. They were not only influential for The Small Faces, but also for the Stones, the Yardbirds, and many other [British] bands starting out together back then.”
After Faces disbanded in 1975, McLagan joined former Faces band mate Ronnie Wood in the Rolling Stones. Although Wood became an official member of the Stones, McLagan remained a hired gun for both session work and live tours between 1977 and 1982. He was later replaced by former Allman Brothers keyboardist, Chuck Levell.
McLagan was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of both Small Faces and Faces and since 1994 has recorded and toured on and off with his own group, The Bump Band. Their fifth and latest studio album “United States” was produced by McLagan and released this past June via Yep Roc Records.
McLagan has also done recording sessions, recording and touring with a “Who’s Who” of music heavyweights, including solo projects by the Stones’ Wood and Keith Richards, as well as with Buddy Guy, Bob Dylan, Pete Townsend, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal, John Hiatt, Melissa Etheridge, Frank Black, Ryan Adams, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Nettles, and dozens of other top artists.
Along with the old hits, McLagan's concert includes many colorful stories about the songs and the artists he has made music with over the years. A McLagan concert is always a memorable experience. More: ianmclagan.com.
• Fans of Sixties British Blues may want to warm up for the McLagan show by stopping by Fitzgerald’s (6615 Roosevelt Rd.) in Berwyn at 8 p.m. Friday to catch the amazing Kim Simmonds as he bends his strings with the latest incarnation of Savoy Brown. Simmonds and company are sure to treat fans to such Savoy classics as “Hellbound Train,” “Needle And Spoon,” “Tell Mama,” and their raucous treatment of the Willie Dixon chestnut, “Wang Dang Doodle.” Tickets: $25. More: (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
• On the topic of Sixties rock – in recent weeks, Chicago’s Buckinghams have released a 12-song collection of newly recorded covers of their early hits like “Kind of a Drag,” “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song),” “Don’t You Care,” and “Susan.”
The aptly titled set, “Flashback,” stays loyal to the original versions but were recorded with today’s technology by the group’s current line-up, which includes original founding members Carl Giammarese (guitar/lead vocals) and Nick Fortuna (bass/vocals).
Giammarese produced the new recordings at 24/7 Studios, which were then mastered by Ides of March guitarist/producer Larry Milas at World Stage Studio. More: thebuckinghams.com.
• Jazz/rock guitarist Laurence Juber, a member of Paul McCartney’s Wings from 1979 to 1981, returns to the region for a guitar workshop and concert at Front Porch Music (505 E. Lincolnway) in Valparaiso Saturday. The cost of the 2 p.m. workshop for region guitarists is $30 and the full concert for the general public is $25. All ages welcome. Tickets/Info: www.frontporchmusic.com or (219) 464-4700.
“Being in Wings was a real gift,” said Juber. “I had been to London University and had a bachelor’s degree in music which gave me the opportunity to establish myself as a studio musician. Having the opportunity to work with Paul McCartney in Wings was somewhat like getting my masters degree from McCartney University. It was a gift because a large part of what motivated me to first play guitar was The Beatles.” Juber’s first Grammy Award was for the Wings’ song “Rockestra.” More: laurencejuber.com.
• Chicago media veteran Rich Koz, who as Svengoolie has been the premiere horror show icon of Chicago since 1978, guests at 6 p.m. Tuesday on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio’s “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges.”
Koz will chat about the newly added Svengoolie exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Broadcasting, 35 years of wearing make-up and being pelted by rubber chickens, about Halloween, Oct. 31, 2014 being proclaimed as “Svengoolie/Rich Koz Day” by the state of Illinois, and his Nov. 1 visit to Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso for the "Horror Hullabaloo: A Nightmare on Chicago Street." Stream Tuesday’s radio show at: lakeshorepublicradio.org/radio.