Taylor Momsen: From Gossip Girl to The Pretty Reckless

The Pretty Reckless featuring Taylor Momsen of Gossip Girl
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/21/2011

Taylor Momsen The Pretty Reckless

When I heard Taylor Momsen was starting a singing career I kinda puked in my mouth. My thought, “Another cute actress that thinks she’s got the chops to sing…great!” (please note the sarcasm). It’s reality stars like Kim Kardasian that put that bad ‘actor turned singer’ taste in my mouth. Can you blame me? After I cleared the puke in my mouth and listened to the music, I realized she wasn’t half bad. Then she hit the stage over at Lollapalooza this summer to a packed crowd. Even thought we covered Lolla I didn’t get a chance to sneak to the stage to see her and now I am thinking maybe I should have tried harder.

The Pretty Reckless is currently opening for Evanescence on tour, another great sign for the band. The crowd loved her and quite frankly she’s not one to just stand on stage and sing. As in real life, Taylor steals the scenes and the stage. She was in constant motion, and she looked like a thrasher ballerina at times doing pirouettes. Taylor has the look to keep the male audience’s attention as she was in a white teddy with thigh-high white leather lace-up boots.  Can’t really get any sexier than Momsen was on Friday night.

They played their set that included the Audioslave cover “Like a Stone.”  It was touch and go with the cover, of course, I am a die-hard Chris Cornell fan and no one compares to him, so I am a little more critical of others covering his work. Taylor’s voice hit the chorus dead on, but when Chris goes low, he really goes low, and Taylor just doesn’t have that range.

Taylor’s The Pretty Reckless isn’t straight up pop.  Performing live, Momsen sounds like she’s channeling Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Linda Perry. It’s a very alternative pop sound. Now since Taylor Momsen essentially was pushed out of Gossip Girl, she decided to take The Pretty Reckless on full-time so definitely be on the lookout for more music and touring from The Pretty Reckless.

Setlist:
Since You’re Gone
Zombie
Miss Nothing
Just Tonight
Goin Down
Medicine
Like a Stone – Audioslave cover
Make Me Wanna Die
Factory Girl

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http://www.theprettyreckless.com/

The Pretty Reckless Tour Dates:
Oct 24 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 25 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
Oct 26 Ottawa, ON Ritual Nightclub- HEADLINE DATE
Oct 27 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Oct 28 Worcester, MA Palladium
Oct 30 Atlantic City, NJ Showboat – House of Blues
Nov 1 New York, NY Terminal 5
Nov 4 London, UK HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Nov 5 London, UK HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Nov 7 Manchester, UK 02 Apollo
Nov 8 Glasgow, Scotland 02 Academy
Nov 10 Plymouth, UK Plymouth Pavilions
Nov 12 Leeds, UK 02 Academy
Nov 13 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy
Nov 17 Offenbach, DEU Stadthalle Offenbach Veranstaltungs GMBH
Nov 18 Dusseldorf, DEU Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Nov 20Berlin, DEU Columbiahalle
Nov 21Munich, DEU Zenith

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