Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor has scheduled a six-night stand, May 9-14, at New York City’s famed Iridium jazz club. He will play two shows (at 8 & 10 P.M.) a night.
Taylor will play alongside a side band made up of renowned musicians, including bassist Wilbur Bascomb, guitarist Jon Paris and drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie for the first four night of the residency and on the final night, Taylor will perform with the Les Paul Trio in conjunction with the venue’s new monthly series “Guitar World & The Iridium Present,” which pairs acclaimed guitarists with the late Les Paul’s old backing group. Add Taylor, who played with the Stones from 1969 to 1975 to the list of legends to play the Iridium. Tickets for the gigs go on sale to the general public on Friday.
In a new interview conducted by rollingstone.com for the upcoming documentary chronicling the Rolling Stones’ 50-year career, Keith Richards spoke about the derogatory comments he made about Mick Jagger in his 2010 memoir ‘Life’:
Q: How have you both found surveying a journey that has already lasted 50 years? It must have been difficult at times, bearing in mind the nature of your relationship and especially the stories we have all heard about the tensions that resulted from the publication of Life.
Mick: Well, I’m glad you said 50 years as that sounds so much less than half a century (laughs). Looking back at any career you are bound to recall both the highs and the lows. In the 1980s for instance Keith and I were not communicating very well. I got very involved with the business side of the Stones, mainly because I felt no one else was interested, but it’s plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded, which is a pity. Time I reckon to move on.
Keith: Mick’s right. He and I have had conversations over the last year of a kind we have not had for an extremely long time and that has been incredibly important to me. As far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be, but I know that some parts of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick and I regret that.
–Although tour plans have been pushed back to 2013, the Stones will be releasing a 50th Anniversary career retrospective documentary via Eagle Rock Entertainment this September. The film doesn’t have a title yet, but it will be the first film to chronicle the legendary band’s entire epic history. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will all participate.
The Stones will exec produce, with Victoria Pearman and Morgan Neville producing and Oscar nominee Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture) directing. “For anyone who wants to experience the band, this is the film that will defy convention and create a sonic tapestry to transport viewers into the world of the Rolling Stones,” Morgen said in a press release, “The film will deliver the original, bold, sexy and dangerous flavor of the iconic rock band.”