Ian "Mac" McLagan, former keyboardist for The Small Faces and again for The Faces, put on a great show at the Jammin' Java in Vienna, Virginia, on Monday, July 9, 2007. The Vienna crowd of 200 was close to capacity. Mac's band, the Bump Band, consisted of a guitarist, bass player, and drummer (playing his first gig that night).

     McLagan was in great spirits and joked a lot with the crowd. He spoke of Ronnie Lane, the primary songwriter for The Faces, in almost reverential tones. He said that Ronnie left The Faces in 1972, because he wasn't allowed to sing any of his own songs. Mac stuck around after the show to sign autographs and chat with fans. He was very friendly and seemed truly appreciative of the fans.

     Mac played keyboards on the Rolling Stones' "Some Girls" album and joined the Stones during their tour promoting the "Tattoo You" album in 1981. Mac talked about touring and mentioned a Charlie Watts quote. When asked a few years ago what it was like to tour with the Stones for so many years, Watts responded, "It's like two years of playing and 35 years of waiting around!"

Vienna setlist: Little Troublemaker * You're So Rude * Been A Long Time * Spiritual Babe * Itchycoo Park * Hold On * Your Secret * Date With An Angel * Judy Judy Judy * Cindy Incidentally * Never ? * She Ain't My Girl * Glad And Sorry * Temperature * Little Girl * Kuschty Rye * Follow * Encore: What'cha Gonna Do About It?

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This band knows how to jam
Ian McLagan & the Bump Band visit Vienna

by Jeff Root