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Tanglewood / Tour 2018

James Taylor will return to Tanglewood in 2018 for his annual performances in the Berkshires.

Tucked into the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s release of its summer schedule yesterday was a confirmation that the superstar will return to the Koussevitzky Music Shed for performances on July 3 and July 4.

While tickets for individual shows are not yet on sale, 2018 Tanglewood season tickets will go on sale beginning Jan. 28 through tanglewood.org or by calling (888) 266-1200.

The 2018 season is entitled “Bernstein Centennial Summer – Celebrating Lenny at Tanglewood.”


Concert Review / Tanglewood / Tour 2017

Nine-thirty in the morning, with Tanglewood’s gates set to open at 5 p.m. for the first show of James Taylor’s two-night stand with his home team of fans. And there they were, scores of the most fervent and faithful, lined up for a run at the choice lawn sections.

Nearly 50 years into his recording and performing career, making his 25th set of appearances here, the indefatigable singer-songwriter remains at 69 a phenomenon among pop music artists.

With his top shelf band of All-Stars, JT took care of business once again for an adoring audience — a generous helping of 22 old favorites (plus two encores), including a sprinkling of less often-heard deep tracks.

There were more special lighting effects than in the past, with LED bulbs embedded within white lampshades arrayed across the back of the stage, along with multi-colored spotlights shining with blinding intensity to close hard-rocking renditions of “Country Road,” “Handy Man,” “Mexico,” “Steamroller” and a blazing second-set finale, “How Sweet It Is” that had listeners swaying, singing and dancing, eager for more. Which they got.

As heard on Tuesday night, it was a high-flame warm-up for the 17-city tour Taylor is launching Thursday night with old friend and on-stage collaborator Bonnie Raitt, who appeared during the second half as a special guest as heralded several days ago when word slipped out.

In 1981, his 10th studio album, “Dad Loves His Work,” was released, with deep personal implications — his father Isaac, a physician, had left the family for a two-year “Operation Deep Freeze” expedition to the South Pole in 1954 and, like father, like son, James was a traveling man at that time as his first-family children, Ben and Sally, were growing up.

Clearly, JT remains a happy road warrior, easily the most active performer of his generation. And the audience — more than 36,000 strong over two nights at Tanglewood — keeps returning, assured that they hear the soundtrack of their youth, musical comfort food of prime quality.

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