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Taylor Momsen has been slammed for lighting up illegally onstage during her Warped Tour set on Sunday. Taylor was performing with her band The Pretty Reckless in Carson, California when she took time out from their set to smoke. Taylor, 16, is two years below the legal age to buy and smoke cigarettes in the state of California.
Officials at Britain’s Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) blasted her: ‘Clearly her act is designed to shock and smoking illegally on stage is part of that act. It is to be hoped that her fans have the maturity to see that her smoking is neither cool nor glamorous but a filthy, deadly addiction and a dumb thing to do.’
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Taylor Momsen and her band, The Pretty Reckless are on tour this summer with Vans for the 2010 Vans Warped Tour. Performing tracks off of their debut EP, Warped is the groups first tour outside of sharing the stage with The Veronicas last year for a mini tour.
Taylor Momsen and her band have their debut EP streaming online right now, and Taylor took the opportunity to discuss her musical side, and how it differs from her acting and models ventures.
‘I didn’t choose acting or modeling, I got thrown into it. I liked it, so that wasn’t a problem, but music and songwriting are what I’ve always really wanted to do. I’ve been working with producers and hanging out in recording studios since I was five, I just couldn’t put out an album when I was eight. Now I can.’
It’s not a happy pop record, but it’s not Satan-worshiping either. The lyrics aren’t meant to be taken literally, they are open to interpretation. I’m not just writing something because I think people might like it. I hope they do, but I’m writing it because I have something to say. So many feelings go into the lyrics that it’s hard to explain what they’re about.‘
Taylor’s bandmate: ‘Her voice was astonishing. So many artists these days let their voices be discombobulated by computers. Taylor doesn’t do that. She doesn’t need to. She can walk into a room and kick your ass.’
Taylor Momsen continued singing at a music festival even though she was being sick in her mouth.
The actress-and-singer – who fronts The Pretty Reckless – fell ill on stage on May 1 after wearing a thick leather jacket in hot, sunny conditions but continued performing despite regularly retching.
She said: “Well here’s one rock’n'roll thing that I can say. We just played at The Bamboozle in New Jersey about a week ago, and it was so hot, it was 102 degrees or something, and I went on stage in a leather jacket being stupid, because, you know, I have to wear my leather jacket. I almost threw up in the middle of the second song. I was spewing in my mouth and swallowing it back down and I kept turning around and singing. I tweeted the video, it was so cool. It was wicked.”
Despite laughing about the show on her twitter account, the 16-year-old actress, who also plays Jennifer Humphrey in teen drama series ‘Gossip Girl’, was unhappy with the overall performance.
She explained to BBC Radio One DJ Fearne Cotton: “I’m puking whilst singing and continued singing.
“I took my jacket off and pursued with the set but we had radio blaring through the amps halfway through, making me want to die. It was the worst technical show that possible ever happened but it was still awesome.
“It wasn’t a good week for me. Between heat stroke and food poisoning, I’m just having a little bad luck.”
She admitted: “I have a knife collection. I have my favourite black knife with me all the time. It’s a switchblade. It relaxes me to flick it. I close it and open it.”
The 16-year-old star even came close to sparking a security alert after carrying blades on a recent flight from New York to Los Angeles.
She told the Metro newspaper: “I flew from New York to Los Angeles and still had a couple of knives in my purse. I thought I took them all out but they got tucked up in the folds.
“I went through security, took them on the plane, opened my bag to get my wallet in Los Angeles and they fell out. I was like, “Holy s**t!’ “
Taylor has previously admitted she hates being viewed as a “role model” and has “no interest” in what other people think of her.
She said: “I smoke, so what? Why do people give a care what a 16-year-old girl who they’ve never met does? It’s not like I’m sitting there going, ‘Kids, you should go buy a pack of cigarettes.’
“When I walk outside with a cigarette and someone takes a picture of it and puts it on the internet, it’s not my problem. I’m just living my life and I’m not gonna live my life for other people.
“I didn’t get into this to be a role model for seven-year-olds. I have no interest in doing that.”
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The 16-year-old blonde was talking to This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby when she dropped the S-bomb.
Asked if she feels pressure from catty online critics, Momsen said: “There is if you care but if you do what I do, you just don’t give a s**t… Can I not say that?”
Schofield replied, “Not really, but we will apologise,” prompting Momsen to tell viewers: “Sorry.”
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Taylor Momsen chatted with MTV about her band, The Pretty Reckless’ new album:
‘I want the record out so people can hear it. I’m not a pop artist. It’s absolutely a rock record, and I get that people probably aren’t expecting that, but, buy the record and check it out. If you like loud music, you’ll like it. Hopefully. It’s very loud. If you’re not scared of guitars screaming at you and a 16-year-old girl yelling at you, then you’ll like the record. It’s a record about life.
It focuses on all the negatives, and the positives, of life, but it’s not ‘Go to a club and dance.’ It’s not an escape record. It’s absolutely a record to confront your problems and get over them. It’s death, love, rock and roll, sex, drugs and religion; it covers all bases of life. It’s not a concept record, unless you consider life a concept.’
Her fave tracks include: ‘Century Gone,’ ‘My Medicine,’ ‘Light Me Up’, ‘Since You’re Gone’ & ‘Make Me Wanna Die’. On the music video: ‘It’s for the song ‘Make Me Wanna Die,’ so to try and emulate kind of an epic-y song that’s almost like a film, it was a challenge to come up with a treatment. So I guess we sort of decided to make it like a death march.
You can’t live anymore in this world, and you’re on your way to your death, and you’re seeing everything you’re passing, and stripping yourself of your belongings on your way to your grave. I’ll remember not to wear a leather jacket onstage next time. I learned that today [at the Bamboozle], because it was so hot that I almost puked onstage.’
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The Pretty Reckless which stars Gossip Girl singer, Taylor Momsen, has been together for over a year now, but with summer approaching, so is the launch of their debut album.
“Making a record is more than a dream of mine, it’s a need and necessity” she states with disarming sincerity. “I’ve been writing songs since I was five, and no matter how big our record becomes, I just want to play and sing and write.”
Listing their influences as Courtney Love, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin, The Pretty Reckless completed by guitarist Ben Phillips, bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins – recorded their forthcoming debut album last year with producer Kato Khandwala, who has previously worked with All Time Low, Paramore and Madina Lake. With the frontwoman’s filming commitments taking up a lot of her time, the record became a true labour of love.
“I’d be shooting all day and the going to work on the record starting at midnight untile five in the morning,” says sixteen year old Momsen. “It was spread out over a year, and when we finished it really was a case of ‘Wow, the record’s done, finally!’.”
The World’s first taster of The Pretty Reckless takes the form of their gritty, snarling new single Make Me Wanna Die, taken from the recent Kick-Ass soundtrack. Having racked up an impressive number of plays on big name radio stations around the globe, the band are determined to make their dream of rock stardom a reality.
“We’re playing the whole of the Warped Tour, and I’m going to work around my filming schedule so we can tour as much as is physically possible”, Taylor enthuses.“We want to play to the UK so badly, I cannot tell you! Our favourite bands are English so we can’t wait to come over!”
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Taylor Momsen says she and her cast mates have a good on-set relationship, but do not socialise outside of work hours.
She said: “I’m not really close with my cast. We’re all cordial and nice to each other, but we’re not really friends outside of the set.”
The teenage star, who also sings in band The Pretty Reckless, also revealed she prefers music to acting because it’s “personal”.
She said: “I’ve been acting since I was two. I don’t dislike it by any means, but it’s a job to me. It can never be as personal as music, because you’re playing a character and saying someone else’s words. Music is who I am.”
Although Taylor is happy to have a more professional relationship with her ‘Gossip Girl’ co-stars, Chace is keen to have fun with them.
The 24-year-old actor recently revealed he likes to go out with the rest of the cast and in particular go to bars and sing karaoke.
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Taylor Momsen is featured in the upcoming issue of Company UK. The cover girl dishes on looks, shopping, and her co-star, Chase Crawford.
Do you feel pressure to look good? Sure, there’s a pressue, I walk out of the house and I get my photo taken and it’s all over the internet and everyone’s judging it. But I haven’t changed. I still dress how I want regardless of what people are saying. And I speak the way I’m going to speak and do the things I want to do. If people don’t like it, it’s not my problem.
What’s your secret when you’re having a bad body day? I dink water! Usually it’s because I’ve eaten too much salt and my face is all puffy, so I drink water and it always makes me feel better.
Do you fancy any of the Gossip Girl guys? No, and I’m not even looking at guys right now. I’ve got so much other stuff going on that it’s not really important.
Will you be going to rehab like other child stars? Honestly, no. I care too much about my job. I really don’t care about fame and tabloids and all that sh*t. It’s so easy to buy into it, but it will destroy you. I really care about acting, I’ve done it since forever, it’s part of who I am. I also really care about music and my band, which keeps me happy. I think when you lose sight of what you love, that’s when you can fall off track.
Are you a fan of British high street? I have to admit I don’t know much about it. Topshop is over here and I’ve done a little of online shopping there. I can’t go into the store without getting mobbed so I have to shop online.