Social Butterflies

Taylor Momsen Critizised For Smoking On Stage
June 29, 2010, 11:54 pm
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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.’

Taylor Momsen At Warped Tour
June 28, 2010, 1:15 am
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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 On Music In Her Life
June 17, 2010, 12:52 pm
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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 Strikes Sick During Show
May 13, 2010, 3:59 pm
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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.”

Taylor Momsen’s knife confession
May 13, 2010, 3:11 pm
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Taylor Momsen insists she feels “relaxed” by playing with the weapon, which she takes “everywhere” with her.

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.”

Taylor Momsen drops S-bomb on live TV
May 10, 2010, 3:14 pm
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Taylor Momsen got herself in trouble in the UK this morning, by swearing live on TV

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.”


Taylor Momsen On Album, “It’s A Record About Life.”

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.’