Taylor, Stones play with the Boss (Updated 6/5/14)
Is it still fair to call Mick Taylor a 'former' Rolling Stones guitarist? After all, the man who was a member of the legendary group from 1969-74 and played on the 2013 portion of their "50 and Counting" tour is back in the saddle again.
The Stones -- who are rolling through a series of live dates in places like Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Macau, Australia, and New Zealand – have welcomed Taylor back with open arms for the 2014 portion of the tour. He's still joining them on stage for songs like "Midnight Rambler" and a fireworks-augmented finale of "Satisfaction," as the band's current set is generally consistent with their 50th anniversary tour.
Taylor isn't the only special guest that has joined the Stones on stage at recent shows. Tongues wagged and backstage gossip was aplenty when it was rumored former president Bill Clinton would be on stage at Rock in Rio's festival in Portugal. While Clinton didn't show, another American icon, Bruce Springsteen, was more than happy to step in and jam with the band. He was on stage during "Tumbling Dice," and enthusiastically ripped through his parts of the song before wrapping Mick Jagger in a huge bear hug to make the crowd go crazy.
Late last year, the Rolling Stones released a Hyde Park gig on DVD and Blue-Ray. Titled "Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live," the film captures the band's full performance, a full two-hour set and behind-the-scenes footage. A live album recorded during the shows is also available to the public.
Mick Taylor still Rolling with the Stones (Created July 11, 2013)
Mick Taylor may have been self-exiled from The Rolling Stones, but that hasn't kept him off stage for their "50 and Counting" tour. He was a guest of the World's Greatest Rock band throughout the North American leg of the run, joining Mick Jagger and Co. each night to play "Midnight Rambler" and "I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
Taylor, a full member of the legendary rock group from 1969 to 1974, played on Stones albums "Let It Bleed," "Sticky Fingers," "Exile on Main St." and "Goats Head Soup." He is highly regarded by fans as the best guitarist ever to play with the group, but resigned in December of '74 and has worked with numerous other artists since that time.
A Hertfordshire native, the English musician got his start with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers from 1966-1969, but played his first gig with the Stones in front of an estimated 250,000 people in Hyde Park. But his departure wasn't nearly as rosy, with the guitarist reportedly walking out on the Stones at a party in London days before they were due to record a new album. It wasn't until a 2012 documentary that he admitted he had become addicted to heroin and hoped to protect himself and his family from the purported drug culture surrounding the band.
Taylor's post-Stones career included stints with the Jack Bruce Band, a solo deal with Columbia Records, and projects with Miller Anderson, Alan Merrill and others. He toured Europe and the U.S. with Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, sharing the bill with Black Sabbath, and spent the early 80's on the road with John Mayall for the "Reunion Tour" with John McVie of Fleetwood Mac and Colin Allen. He also appeared on Bob Dylan's live album "Real Live," guested with the Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden, and has a list of other accomplishments too long to mention.
Once a Stones guitarist, always a Stones guitarist, he's come full circle by appearing with the group in a return to Hyde Park. Some 44 years to the day after the group's first show, but never forgotten by fans.
date city state venue 5/18/2013 Anaheim CA Honda Center 11/7/2013 New York NY The Cutting Room