Interview: Former Rolling Stones Guitarist Mick Taylor Discusses Gear, Bluesbreakers, Iridium and The Stones

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search3000

Has Guitar World printed a transcription of “Time Waits for No One” or even Mick Taylor's solo

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SlowhandKev

It's not fair that Damian keeps stealing things off of my bucket list! Great conversation with a true legend.

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toothmonkey

Awesome interview! I loved your Ken Scott/Beatles stories, too! Can I hire you to ghostwrite by autobiography?

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dfanelli

Um, yes.

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cosmicoz

I had the distinct honor of being Mick's guitar roadie during the 1982 John Mayall Bluesbreakers tour. One night before a show he and I were hanging out together backstage, shooting the bull.

I had his legendary sunburst Les Paul strapped on (the very one he mentions in the article, I believe), to tune it up after a string change. While talking, I was gesturing with my hands and briefly removed them both from the guitar.

Big mistake! At that precise moment, the strap disconnected from the guitar, and the Les Paul fell straight down onto the floor between us. You know how heavy those suckers are. It hit the floor on edge with a loud thud. =80

We both looked down at the guitar.

Horrified and speechless, I looked at Mick. He looked at me, and calmly said "Well, best pick it up then," in his trademark soft-spoken manner.

I quickly picked up the Les Paul, and gave it a thorough inspection for any damage. Not even a scratch. Thank. God.

An amazing testament to the guitar, and to the man.

- Mike LePage

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dfanelli

Cool story, Mike! I can totally picture him saying that.

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slayerswine

Damian,
Great interview ! I saw Mick in 2000 @ The Abbey Pub in Chicago and he blew my mind. All hands and fingers like Jeff Beck. He is also my favorite lead player The Stones ever had. I'll take "Let It Bleed" anyday as their best release.

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dfanelli

thanks -- and i totally agree!

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