Mick Taylor's path to glory started one night in 1965 when the guitarist in John Mayall's backing band, The Bluesbreakers, played hooky from a gig. A guitar and amp were present -- but their owner, Eric Clapton -- had somewhere else to be. Sixteen-year-old Mick Taylor, who was in the audience that night, asked Mayall if he could sit in. The band leader agreed, and Taylor, who was already familiar with Mayall's material, made a strong and lasting impression.
Former Rolling Stones guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mick Taylor will make a rare New York City appearance for a week of shows at Iridium from May 9 to 14. The final night, May 14, will mark the launch of "Guitar World & The Iridium Present," a new monthly series highlighting the world's best guitarists performing with The Les Paul Trio.
Pisces Brian Jones is one of the most misunderstood and undeniably important innovators of rock and roll. As founder of The Rolling Stones in 1962, Jones' contribution to the ultimate blossoming and explosion of rock in popular culture cannot be underestimated. However, as a vulnerable Pisces, Jones suffered a fate typical to his Sun sign: He was marginalized.
Outside of Saturday Night Live, no other current TV show can boast as many impressive musical guests as The Simpsons. And The Simpsons has the edge because its many musical appearances are actually meant to be funny. Scores of rock icons -- including three Beatles, two Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica -- have appeared on the show as eight-fingered, yellow-tinted versions of themselves.
Keith Richards moves like a shadow along a cobblestone West Village backstreet. It's a hot summer day in New York City and Keef is in earth tones -- a sandy brown bomber jacket, reddish brown headband, moccasins. For some strange reason, each passing year seems to make this quintessential English rock star look more and more like an American Indian -- a brave or a shaman, with his creased visage and prominent nose.
Keith Richards has revealed that he will be meeting up with Charlie Watts and Ron Wood for a jam in a London studio space. While Mick Jagger was not mentioned as part of the group of Stones in attendance, Richards did add that: "Mick's welcome, and I'm sure he'll turn up, but right now we just want to get our chops down."
It may be far too early to speculate, but Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were recently sighted leaving the same building in London, leading many to speculate the band are planning their first world tour since the end of the Bigger Bang tour in 2007.