Ronnie Lane's Passing Show
Singer/Songwriter/Bassist Ronnie Lane (1946-1997) was a key part (with Steve Marriott) of The Small Faces (1965-1969). When Marriott left to form Humble Pie, Lane joined The Faces with Rod Stewart and future Stone Ronnie Wood (1970-1973), becoming part of arguably the greatest Brit party band in rock history. Two years before the band's demise, Lane quit to form Slim Chance, touring England in a traveling carnival complete with tents and a sideshow barker (Viv Stanshall of the Bonzo Dog Band). He did not partake in the 1976 Faces reunion, opting to work with Peter Townshend of The Who on his Rough Mix album. In 1977, Lane was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It didn't stop him from touring and recording (See Me featured friend Eric Clapton). A 1983 benefit tour called A.R.M.S. raised money and awareness for Lane and his disease, featuring many of Lane's friends and bandmates. Lane's last years were spent in Austin, Texas where he gigged locally despite failing health. His last gig was in 1992 with Ron Wood.
The Passing Show features rare performance clips from all eras of his multi-faceted career, and features a litany of great rock talent like Clapton, Stewart, Townshend, Kenney Jones, Ian McLagen, Glyn Johns, Henry McCullough and Joe Ely. Such Lane favorites as "Itchycoo Park," "Stay With Me" and many more are caught in that first full flush of young exuberant rock'n'roll excitement.