Under The Bridge, Fulham
6 July 2012
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Mick Taylor’s career spans five decades and takes in some
of the most important names in rock ’n’ roll history.
From small beginnings in his native Hertfordshire; Taylor found
his way into the major league when he stood in for an absent Eric
Clapton at a Bluesbreakers’ gig. A year later John Mayall
was looking for a guitarist to replace Peter Green, at only 17 Taylor
joined and was soon touring and recording with Mayall’s legendary
Following Brian Jones’ departure, Taylor came to the attention
of the Rolling Stones as a session musician on the “Let It
Bleed album,” although he soon became a permanent replacement
playing his first live appearance in front of 250,000 people at
their 1969 free concert in Hyde Park.
Taylor stayed with the Stones for half a decade, contributing his
trademark vibrato, slide and songwriting to numerous hit albums
including “Sticky Fingers” and the influential “Exile
On Main Street.” Having toured the world and recorded some
of the key songs of the Stones’ 70s output, it surprised many
people when he left to pursue a solo career and was later replaced
by Ronnie Wood.
While many people associate him with the Rolling Stones; Taylor
has worked on soundtracks and film scores, including Nicholas Roeg’s
The Man Who Fell To Earth, appeared with Mike Oldfield for performances
of Tubular Bells, recorded with Gong, Jack Bruce, Little Feat, Stones
associates Nicky Hopkins and Billy Preston and played a major role
in the careers of many other musicians.
1979 saw Taylor release his first solo material with a self-titled
album mixing rock, jazz and Latin-flavoured blues musical styles.
During the 80s Taylor spent time working with Bob Dylan on notable
albums “Empire Burlesque” and “Infidels.”
He was even present in the studio when Dylan penned the song “Blind
Willie McTell,” which is a live favourite in Taylor’s
After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989
with the Stones and the release of the album “A Stranger in
this Town” in 1990, Taylor continued to tour heavily. He was
also working in the studio and playing live with Carla Olson, added
his handprints to Hollywood’s RockWalk in autumn 1998 and
continued to write material for “A Stone’s Throw”
which was released in 2000.
In 2003, Taylor reunited with John Mayall for his 70th birthday
concert in Liverpool along with Eric Clapton. A year later, in late
2004, he joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers for a UK theatre
The 2010 re-release of “Exile on Main Street” has
seen Taylor contribute additional guitar work to some previously
unheard tracks, including the limited release single, “Plundered
My Soul.” Now playing with a line-up of long-time friends
and musicians, Taylor has been performing around the UK, in Europe,
Japan and the US, while writing and recording for his next album