Happy 68th birthday Mick Taylor!
Any fan of classic rock needs no introduction to Mick Taylor. The legendary guitarist first made his mark in the 1960′s playing with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers as the successor to Eric Clapton. As if this wasn’t enough, Mick Taylor would eventually go on to replace the late Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones. He would leave the Stones in 1974, but he was a big part on some of their most seminal albums, such as Let it Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main Street. Over the years, Taylor would carve out his own solo career, but would continue to maintain contact with the Stones, eventually being present for the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
In 1983, Taylor joined Mark Knopfler and played on Dylan’s Infidels album. He also appeared on Dylan’s live album Real Live, as well as the follow-up studio album Empire Burlesque. In 1984, Dylan asked Mick Taylor to assemble an experienced rock and roll band for a European tour he signed with Bill Graham. Ian McLagan was hired to play piano and hammond organ, Greg Sutton to play bass and Colin Allen, a long-time friend of Taylor, on drums. The tour lasted for four weeks at venues such as Munich’s Olympic Stadium Arena and Milan’s San Siro Stadium, sharing the bill with Carlos Santana and Joan Baez, who appeared on the same bill for a couple of shows.
His take on Bob Dylan’s Blind Willie McTell is faithful but playful, for instance he incorporates snippets from All along the Watchtower in the middle of the song. But it is his fantastic guitar playing that is the reason I chose this as todays video. There are not many guitarists in his league. Fantastic!
Blind Willie McTell – Mick Taylor (2009):
Man thinks ’cause he rules the earth he can do with it as he please
And if things don’t change soon, he will
Oh, man has invented his doom
First step was touching the moon
I’m not sure the exact date this cool video was shot, but I’m pretty sure it has to be @ The Power Station in NYC – April/May 1983.
If anyone got more hard facts… please enlighten me.
New York City, New York
April / May – 1983
- Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar)
- Mark Knopfler (guitar), Mick Taylor (guitar)
- Alan Clark (keyboards)
- Robbie Shakespeare (bass)
- Sly Dunbar (drums)
Continue reading Bob Dylan: License To Kill, Studio A, Power Station, NYC April/May 1983 (rare Video)
Martha Quinn: Will this tour help you reach a new generation?
Bob Dylan: I don’t reach anybody. They find me. They find me. It’s not for me to go out and reach
somebody. If they can find me, they find me, and if they don’t, they don’t. That’s the
way it’s always been. I don’t think it’s gonna change now just because I’m such an old
man and it’s nineteen-eighty… what is it?
– Martha Quinn interview for MTV, backstage Wembley Stadium, 7 July 1984
Highway 61 Revisited (video from Wembley, London – Real Live performance):
||November 29, 1984
Continue reading November 29: Bob Dylan: Real Live was released in 1984
Oh God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son”
Abe says, “Man, you must be puttin’ me on”
God say, “No.” Abe say, “What?”
God say, “You can do what you want Abe, but
The next time you see me comin’ you better run”
Well Abe says, “Where do you want this killin’ done?”
God says, “Out on Highway 61”
7 July 1984
Continue reading July 7: Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited, Wembley, London 1984 (Video)
Finally there is “Blowin’ In The Wind,” again broadcasted on Spanish TV and one of the most exciting performances of Dylan ever filmed.
~Clinton Heylin (A Life In Stolen Moments)
This is a real Gem! Just to see the look on Dylan’s face when the crowd sings back at him.. “.. oh awright!”
The footage of the last encore, “Blowin’ In The Wind” is priceless. Dylan had been encouraging the fans to sing along on the choruses to this song for about two weeks, but on this evening the crowd – who had been wonderful all through the performance.. – caught Dylan by surprise. They started singing – loudly and in fine harmony – at the first chorus.. , and Dylan is visibly and audibly startled, and then deeply moved.
~Paul Williams (BD Performing Artist 1974-86)
Minestadio del F.C. Barcelona
28 June 1984
Continue reading June 28: Bob Dylan & Carlos Santana: Blowin’ In The Wind, Barcelona 1984 (Video)