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30 Days Out Exclusive Interview: Taylor Mills (of the Brian Wilson Band)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2008 by 30daysout

Brian Wilson’s concert appearances are joyous, all-out rock and roll affairs with a full stage of brilliant performers.  Nevertheless, Taylor Mills is easy to pick out of the crowd – not only is this striking blonde the only female member of Wilson’s ensemble, but she also has a knockout voice to go with her killer looks.

Mills sang on Wilson’s Grammy-winning SMiLE album and has appeared with him from the Hollywood Bowl to Buckingham Palace.  She has also performed with Billy Joel and shared the stage with the likes of Elton John, John Legend, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Sir Paul McCartney.  Her solo debut album Lullagoodbye is out, and she plans to record a followup real soon.  Read the full interview after the jump.

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(Nearly) 30 Years Out: Billy Joel, Pittsburgh Civic Arena, 1979

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 14, 2008 by 30daysout

 

“We don’t have an album coming out until sometime next year, we just came to play” is how Billy Joel addressed the sold out crowd at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in November, 1979. “However, we are going to try out a few new tunes on you tonight…this is called “All For Leyna.” Joel also debuted “Sometimes A Fantasy,” and “You May Be Right” on this night from what would turn out to be one of his biggest selling albums, Glasshouses, released three months later.

I became a Billy Joel fan after I heard The Stranger (I will have a review of the 30th anniversary edition next week) at a 7th grade party in 1978. When tickets went on sale, we stood in line (back when you had to do such things) and got four pretty good seats. I remember the arena workers going on strike a few weeks before the show and as it got closer, there was a chance it would have to be re-scheduled. But all’s well that ends well, an agreement was reached, and the show went on. (STYX had to cancel their show, but then again, who cares?).

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