The FACES were my favorite band and Ronnie was my favorite musicians.
I never missed a FACES show when they came to Detroit. I always tried to obtain a seat stage right so I could watch Ronnie, Why?. Well, in a band that was all about fun (they kept a bar onstage) Ron looked like he was having the most fun.
Ronnie had decided to leave the FACES and form his own band. The band considered Detroit their home away from home. They loved Detroit and Detroit loved them back.
I attended Ronnie's last show in Detroit with the FACES. Sitting stage right I had an excellent view of Ron and the band. He was dressed flash, as always, in white trousers and vest with a Black shirt. After every song he would turn toward the audience and beam the biggest grin I've ever seen on a musician. He seemed to be taking it all in. I had no idea this was the last time I would see Ronnie but I think he knew this would be his last appearance with the FACES in Detriot.
Ronnie passed a way in 1996 of an aggressive form of MS. I never met him but I sure do miss him. On April 1 he would have been 71.
Attached is a clip of Ronnie singing With Rod and the FACES to "Maybe I'm Amazed"