The last time The Pretty Things toured New Zealand, their behaviour caused such controversy that Parliament was forced to address the issue of them ever being allowed back in the country. That was in 1965 when the band shared a bill with Sandie Shaw. Most of the trouble was caused by wayward drummer Viv Prince, but all five band members did their fair share to make the headlines. Now, 47 years later, The Pretty Things plan to assault the New Zealand shores once more. Guitarist Dick Taylor was there in ’65 and he plans to be here in 2012.
The 13th Floor spoke to Dick Taylor about the 50 years of mayhem he and The Pretty Things have brought to rock & roll.
The Pretty Things play Auckland’s Powerstation December 11, 2012.