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John Fogerty, Bonnie Raitt and Mick Taylor Join the Stones in San Jose
By: Gary Graff

While the Rolling Stones continue to bring special guests into their 50 And Counting tour shows -- John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt were the latest, on Wednesday (May 8) in San Jose -- a constant remains Mick Taylor, who was the Stones' guitarist from 1969-74.

Taylor played on the Stones' late 2012 dates, too, and while some thought his role would expand for the current North American trek he's still playing "Midnight Rambler" from 1969's "Let It Bleed" album.

Taylor tells us that it remains a treat to play on stage:

Well, it's very different from the recorded version on 'Let It Bleed' and it was always a highlight of the show, one of the highlights of the show in the 70s during my tenure with the Stones because it's a very bluesy, sort of swampy kind of blues jam between -- well now between me and Ronnie (Wood) and Keith (Richards). The song was written by Mick and Keith, but on 'Let It Bleed' the studio version is very different from the live version. It's one of the longest songs we play at the moment, and it gives Mick the opportunity to play some blues harmonica as well, which he's very good at.”

Taylor did join the Stones for the encore of “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” in San Jose and will be part of the entire tour as well as the three British dates in late June and July.

The Stones next play Saturday (May 11) in Las Vegas.

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