Mick Taylor September 25, 1999
weekend we (The Blue Pearls) had some free
time so Madman and I took the opportunity to watch
the legendary guitarist Mick Taylor at
Village, Vasteras, Sweden. It was nice to see
that Mick was alive and kickin'. Unfortunately
he can also be included in the list of artists
that found it hard to cope with fame and the life
style that goes with it.
is a great guitarist and was tracked down by John
Mayall in 1967. He joined Mayall's Bluesbreakers
when Peter Green had left to form Fleetwood
Mac. Mick surprised everybody playing so mature
at the age of 17!
Bluesbreakers Mick Taylor was invited to join
forces with the "Rock n Roll Circus" The Rolling
Stones. Mick is known to most people for his
years alongside Messrs Jagger and Richards.
He really made them swing wiith his guitar solos
and some very nice slide guitar also. Keith Richards
once said that Mick Taylor was the only real musician
ever featured in The Stones.
those years on the top very little has been known
about Mick's whereabouts. I once saw him in Gothenburg
with Jack Bruce in the 70's, where they
did a great version of the Cream classic "Sunshine
Of Your Love". He later appeared with his old
boss John Mayall and did some concerts with Mayall
labelled as "The Original Bluesbreakers".
Now he's back and has released a new CD "A
Stones' Throw". Mick is now touring with the
great musicians he collaborated with on the album.
Mick played on a beautiful cherry sunburst Gibson
Les Paul through 2 amps, a Fender and a Marshall.
The 2-set list mainly contained songs from the
album and also some classics as "You Got To Move",
"I Can't Quit You Baby" and Hendrix's "Red House".
We all knew that Mick was a great guitar player
but it was a big surprise that he also has been
gifted with a good voice. One can't stop wondering
why he has not show-cased this earlier.
attitude was very gently and he also gave opportunity
to the other members of the band to show their
skills. Mick has lost none of his touch on the
guitar, he has always been a great slide guitar
player but has developed his slide playing
even further. All in all it was inspiring to see
Mick on stage again, I hope that he will receive
the attention that he deserves now that he is
standing on his own legs.
the concert I went and spoke to Mick. I thanked
him for the Concert, and told him that I saw with
him with with the Bluesbreakers in 1968 in Orebro.
"That was a very long time ago" he said. "Yeah"
I said, "there's been a lot of water under the
brigde for both of us". I told him that I'm glad
that he is back. Mick seemed to enjoy that I tried
to encourage him. I also took the opportunity
to give him a sample of our CD "Watch Out For
The Blue Pearls". We wished each other good
Mick is the second of the three guitar giants
who has been a member of The Bluesbreakers to
receive our CD, the first was Peter Green, we'll
see when we'll meet the Big Cee.
Max Middleton piano
Robert Ahwai guitar
Michael Bailey bass
Jeff Allen drums
1999. Copyright Bela Stephens 1999
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