Having recently released their first new studio album in seven years ‘The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course…) The Pretty Things return with as much gusto as they had when they started performing fifty-two years ago. The Pretty Things are Phil May (vocals) Dick Taylor (lead guitar, vocals), Frank Holland (lead guitar, mellotron, vocals), George Woosey (bass guitar, vocals, rhythm guitar), and Jack Greenwood (drums, percussion, vocals).
With rave reviews following the release of their most recent album it’s important to shine a spotlight on the history of the band and its achievements to date. Having started out in a previous life as Little Boy Blue and The Blue Boys featuring Dick Taylor and then little known rockers Keith Richards and Mick Jagger the band met with Brian Jones and formed The Rolling Stones. After playing bass for a couple of months with the band, Dick was accepted into London Central School of Art, left the band and met Phil May, Brian Pendleton, John Stax and Pete Kitley forming the initial line up of The Pretty Things.
Having large success in Germany, New Zealand, The Netherlands and the UK the band have released thirteen studio albums to date, five live albums and a large number of soundtrack albums as well as featuring in compilation albums. This is a band that has survived through decades of turbulence, line-up changes and personal loss but has still come out fighting. The band have had some fantastic experiences also, having two of their works featuring on David Bowie‘s album ‘Pin Ups’ and recording their album ‘SF Sorrow’ at Abbey Road at the same time that The Beatles were recording ‘The White Album’ and Pink Floyd were recording ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ there also.
The band are a testament to longevity, a group that have gone the distance through various incarnations. To quote Phil Taylor’s description of himself after a near-fatal health scare in 2014 he is ‘too tough to die‘ and this is the characteristic of The Pretty Things. With a successful recent album, the fact that their music is relevant, energetic and exciting only goes to showcase the talent that lies within the beating heart of this act.
The Pretty Things
Seminal 60’s band to perform exclusive live set
Tower Records Dawson Street Dublin
“It’s raw, red-blooded sound nods back to The Pretty Things’ 60’s & 70’s heyday”- Mojo 4*
“As exhilarating rock’n’roll experiences go, it’ll rub you down admirably” – Classic Rock 7/10
“Contemporary recordings by Phil May & Dick Taylor’s band wipe the floor with those of their famous peers” – Daily Mail 4*
Tower Records host influential 60’s innovators The Pretty Things, with a special intimate live performance on
Wednesday, September 16th at 6pm.
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