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Mike Taylor’s UFO Sighting

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Mick Taylor

Guitarist Mick Taylor was neither an original member of the Rolling Stones nor still in the band when it began selling out sports stadiums in the late-’80s and ’90s. But the sophisticated jazz- and blues-influenced guitar licks Taylor added to such classic albums as Sticky Fingers gave the Stones an added dimension they lacked before and after him. Taylor toured the United States with the Bluesbreakers and appeared on such albums as Bare Wires and Blues From Laurel Canyon (both 1968). In 1969, he accepted the Rolling Stones‘ offer to replace the departing Brian Jones, who died later that year. The Stones had already established their reputation as one of rock’s greatest bands and had just issued one of their best LPs, Beggar’s Banquet (1968). But Taylor quickly added his imprint on the Stones’ style and was present for the legendary concert tours, during their 1969–1974 heyday. He played on some of Let It Bleed (1969) and all of the live disc Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out (1970). Sticky Fingers (1971),  was the first studio Stones’ album for which he was present during the entire recording. He added his famous vibrato effect to the blues lead guitar line on “Sway” and handled most of the guitars on the quietly majestic “Moonlight Mile.” Perhaps Taylor’s best-remembered Stones work was the Santana-like lead guitar in the jam break of the jazzy “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.” On the Stones’ classic 1972 double LP, Exile on Main Street, Taylor co-wrote “Ventilator Blues” and contributed bluesy guitar to such chestnuts as “All Down the Line” and “Soul Survivor.”  Taylor plays wah-wah guitar on the hit single “(Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo) Heartbreaker,” from Goats Head Soup (1973), which also exhibited Taylor’s melodic touches on ballads such as “Winter.” Taylor’s final LP as a Rolling Stone was It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (1974), which included his long, jazzy solo on “Time Waits for No One”   Shortly after the album’s release, Taylor quit the Stones. Many theories have been offered for Taylor’s departure, including conflict with guitarist Keith Richards and Taylor’s fear that he’d get caught up in the band’s allegedly drug-crazed lifestyle.

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Arthur Shutterwood

Anyway, the thing is that on top of being an excellent guitarist, Mick Taylor is also a UFO witness.  While talking to journalist Timothy Green Beckley, Mick Taylor told him about one particular cold Sunday morning in January of 1970 when he found himself crunching his way through two feet of snow to get better view of a glowing UFO. [1]  The event happened in Warminster, England, which is a widely known scene of reported UFO activity for approximately 15 years, and very close to the area where those mysterious crop circles have been showing up imprinted in the landscape as of late.  [1] Taylor was among seven people  in a skywatch party surveying an area of dense crop field. [2] Back then, ghostly forms and mysterious “whoosong” noises in the dead of night weere being reported on almost a daily basis from te mid-1960s on, and just about everyone who ventured into the countryside had a sighting of two of their own talk about strange thing moving in the night sky. [1] On this dark, eventful morning, Arthur Shutterwood, editor of the local daily newspaper, the Warminster Journal, followed Taylor and several American friends of the Rolling Stones around Warminster’s dense crops.  [1] Taylor, who had been with the Stones on their Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed albums before going on to a solo career, observed the pulsating glare of the UFO as it positioned itself overhead.

It was so bright […] that we all could actually distinguish te sheep on a nearby hillside huddling together for warmth. [1] [2]

Off in the distance, those present could make out two additional UFOs wandering about. Shutterwood said:

I recall the Rolling Stone mulling over what was happening, and wondering if his eyes weren’t playing tricks on him.  But he eventually had to conclude that the UFOs were quite real as all seven skywatch party had seen the identical thing. [1] [2]


[1] Timothy, Green Beckley, UFOs and the Stars, p. 41
[2] Michael C. Luckman, Alien Rock, Pocket Books, p.64


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