British singer Mick Hucknall has defended himself after fans criticised his inclusion in THE FACES, insisting he's replacing Rod Stewart because the MAGGIE MAY star can no longer hit the high notes.
The former Simply Red star has been confirmed as the new frontman of the reunited supergroup and will join Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones and Ian MCLagan for a tour next year (11).
The news was met with an outcry from many of the group's loyal followers - but Hucknall is convinced he'll be able to win over audiences because his voice sounds like Stewart's at the height of the band's success in the 1970s.
He says, "It's a shame that Rod can't do it but then Rod isn't the Rod of 1973. Those songs, the keys are so high and it's pretty intense staying at that kind of pitch for the whole night."