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Mick Taylor quit rehab to join the Rolling Stones on tour

7/31/2013

It seems as though the Rolling Stones' bad boy ways aren't quite a thing of the past. Guitarist Mick Taylor, who was a nightly special guest on the band's recently wrapped 50 & Counting Tour, revealed that he was actually in the process of cleaning up when "The Greatest Rock N' Roll Band In The Word" came calling again. Taylor admitted to Classic Rock magazine, "I was actually in rehab for 35 days, and I kind of got shanghai'd out of there on to the stage. I would've done it anyway. I can only say that playing with them for 11 minutes each night re-energized me as a human being and as a performer."

Taylor, who replaced Brian Jones in the Stones in 1969 while the Stones founder was still alive, played on such legendary albums as Let It Bleed, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Goat's Head Soup, and It's Only Rock N' Roll. He spoke frankly to us about his time working with the Stones: "By the time we did our first American tour in 1969, I was well integrated into the band and it just progressed from there. If there's one thing that I -- not actually regret -- but that I have a lot of confusion about and mixed memories about, it's my departure in 1974, which had a lot to do with my own personal life. And also, by 1974, we were floundering a little bit. We weren't playing live as much. We were spending most of our time trying to make It's Only Rock N' Roll, which was the last album I played on."


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