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Mick Taylor to join Ron Wood's band for London 'Bluesfest' gig


Mick Taylor will join the Ronnie Wood Band next month in London to salute blues legend Jimmy Reed, according to Taylor, who quit the Rolling Stones in December 1974 following the release of It's Only Rock N' Roll, was back on board as the nightly special guest during the band's 2012-2013 50 And Counting Tour. Wood, who replaced Taylor in the Stones in 1975, will welcome the legendary guitarist on November 1st during Wood's spot at 2013's Bluesfest at London's Royal Albert Hall.

During the Stones' last stretch of shows, we asked Mick Taylor if there had been any talk of him joining the band for their next set of studio sessions: "Oh, no, no, there hasn't been any discussions about recording or anything like that. I mean, y'know, everybody seems to be focused on, y'know, the next performance on stage. And that's quite enough to be going on with for now."

Fast facts:

In June of 1969, Mick Taylor replaced the Rolling Stones' co-founder Brian Jones shortly before his death, and less than a month later, on July 3rd, 1969, he made his live debut with the Stones at a free live concert at London's Hyde Park. Taylor, who had previously played with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, toured extensively with the band until late 1973, and played on the Stones albums Let It Bleed, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Goat's Head Soup, and It's Only Rock And Roll.

After leaving the Stones in December 1974 and eventually being replaced by Ron Wood, Taylor briefly teamed up with Jack Bruce, with less than successful results. Although Taylor continues to tour and record, he's found his greatest success as a sideman, performing on Bob Dylan's Infidels and Empire Burlesque albums, as well as touring with Dylan in 1984.

Taylor remains on good terms with the Rolling Stones, and has frequently performed and recorded with Keith Richards, Ron Wood, and Bill Wyman over the years.

He was on hand in 1989 when the Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2010 Taylor teamed up with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to add overdubs to the unreleased material on the Exile On Main Street reissue.

Side notes:

The Rolling Stones will release their latest CD and DVD package, Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live on November 11th. The tracks on the set were culled from the Stones' two two open-air London shows on July 6th and 13th, 2013. The set is being released via Eagle Rock in several formats, including DVD, Blu-Ray, two-CD/DVD, three-LP's/DVD, and a deluxe two-CDs/DVD/Blu-Ray/60-page book. In August, a limited edition digital version of the concert, called Hyde Park Live, debuted at Number 19 on the Billboard 200 album charts, and in the UK, placed two spaces higher, hitting the charts at Number 17.

The DVD & Blu-ray tracklisting for Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live is: "Start Me Up," "It's Only Rock N' Roll," "Street Fighting Man," Ruby Tuesday," "Doom And Gloom," "Honky Tonk Women," "You Got The Silver," "Happy," "Miss You," "Midnight Rambler," "Gimme Shelter," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Sympathy For The Devil," "Brown Sugar," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

The CD and Vinyl formats include three extra tracks: "Tumbling Dice," "Emotional Rescue" and "Paint It, Black."

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