Taylor Momsen said she grew up Catholic and says, ‘This album is a grand confessional. I’ve done all these things, I’ve toured the world, I’ve seen all these sins and horrible things going around. And I have to tell you about it.’
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Taylor Momsen throws up the piece sign while smoking a cigarette and leaving the House Of Blues where she performed with her band The Pretty Reckless in West Hollywood. Photo: PacificCoastNews.
Taylor Momsen said some parents have called the police during her concerts to complain. She told MAXIM: ”We’ve literally had parents call the cops during our shows reporting that it’s inappropriate for their child.. I was 12 when I signed on to ‘Gossip Girl’, and since then I’ve had two records, toured with Guns n’ Roses ..I mean, it feels like a different world.’
Taylor Momsen MAXIM photo shoot & interview: Do you have a lot of input in your photo shoots and music videos? I’m very involved in anything to do with creative, and I actually co-directed the video for ‘My Medicine’. I like to blend music with image, and at my age sexuality is a big part of that, so it seems fitting to me.
You started the Pretty Reckless while you were on Gossip Girl. Were you worried you wouldn’t be taken seriously as a musician? I’ve been making music since I can remember, and a few years ago I got to a place where I have a band and could quit acting, that was my day job, I was 12 when I signed on to Gossip GIrl, and since then I’ve had two records, toured with Guns n’ Roses… I mean, it feels like a different world.
Are your fans a weird mix of teenage girls and heavy metal dudes? It’s definitely a combination. We have old rockers who’ve never heard of Gossip Girl as well as parents bringing their kids, and then going, ‘Oh, just kidding. We’re leaving’. We’ve literally had parents call the cops during our shows reporting that it’s inappropriate for their child.
Maybe they confused you with a different Taylor. What’s the craziest thing that’s happened on tour? Most of the stories probably shouldn’t get printed! But somehow a tradition started where female fans jump on stage and strip down to our song ‘Goin’ Down’. I think is began in the States with girls taking their tops off, and by the time we got to Argentina they just got fucking naked.
Your own outfits are pretty provocative. What makes you feel the sexiest? It’s less about what I’m wearing and more about feeling powerful while performing. That gets my blood flowing.
Are your parents ever in the audience? Yeah, but I kind of put them in the back so I don’t have to see them! It’s hard to play in front of family, but they’re very supportive.
Were you always into rock? I just like good songs. My dad has a huge vinyl collection, so I grew up with the Beatles, Zeppelin, and the Who. It’s like they say: Once you listen to great music, how can you listen to shitty music?
The Pretty Reckless: Hey everyone – We are stoked to announced that we have signed to Razor & Tie’s North American roster and will be releasing a new album in 2014! Going To Hell Tour Dates under! Buy tickets HERE!
Taylor Momsen told Rolling Stone: ‘Rock & roll needs to make a resurgence. It needs to come back in a big way and take over again. We’re really trying to come to something unique and different.’ Going To Hell on iTunes HERE!
There second album, due out in early 2014 on Razor and Tie. Last fall, while the band was recording it at Water Music Studios in Hoboken, NJ, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the studio. The storm wiped out the majority of the band’s gear as well as demos and near-completed recordings for their new album. ‘We had to rebuild. Out of tragedy came that song. It pretty much summed everything up [about the album].’
It’s definitely been nice to completely focus all my attention on the music itself and not have to go to another day job. The new tour definitely diverse musically and production-wise. The songs dictated everything.’
Sept 20 Huntington, NY The Paramount
Sept 22 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
Sept 23 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Sept 25 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
Sept 26 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Sept 27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
Sept 28 Orlando, FL The Social
Sept 29 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
Sept 30 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Oct 02 Houston, TX House of Blues
Oct 03 Austin, TX The Parish
Oct 04 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Oct 05 San Antonio, TX Sam’s Burger Joint
Oct 07 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock Live
Oct 09 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Oct 10 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Oct 11 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
Oct 12 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
Oct 14 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Oct 15 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Oct 16 Vancouver, BC Rio Theatre
Oct 18 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
Oct 19 Calgary, AB The Den
Oct 20 Saskatoon, SK Louis’ Pub
Oct 21 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
Oct 23 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Oct 25 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
Oct 26 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe at ONC
Oct 27 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Oct 29 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
Oct 30 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Oct 31 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Nov 01 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Nov 03 Washington, DC The Fillmore
Nov 04 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
Nov 05 Quebec City, QC Le Cercle
Nov 08 Montreal, QC Theatre Corona
Nov 09 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Nov 10 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
Nov 11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Did Miley Cyrus or Taylor Momsen pose better naked?
Topless Taylor Momsen Going To Hell tour poster!