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Article / Interview / Tour 2018

What’s special about Bonnie Raitt?
Bonnie is the genuine article and has a good picture of who she is and where she stands in the artistic world. If anything, I think she’s too modest.

What can we expect from the concert?
Bonnie and I have joined forces for about a year now. We’re excited about bringing it across the ocean and playing on the home turf. You’ll see a lot of Bonnie’s songs and a lot of mine.

Is music as important as ever to you?
Yes. My career has been a series of lucky coincidences. Getting my first break from the Beatles was the mother of all big breaks. I am forever grateful to Paul McCartney especially.

Would you want to start out again today?
It’s different with YouTube and social media, so I cannot imagine it. I think I’m from another era, and I guess I am a product of a time before this world.

How competitive are you in your career?
I know I am competitive but I also know it doesn’t do me any good. I suffer from professional jealousy but that doesn’t motivate me to play the game. I’ve never considered music a competitive sport.

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Concert Review / Tour 2018

It was a Junior Walker song, (I’m a) Road Runner, that did it, that untethered James Taylor from his six-string and barstool.

He grabbed a harmonica, kicked up a heel or two, shook and wiggled and hopped on one foot, and probably would have danced even more had the cord to his mic not tugged him back to position.

Taylor turned 70 in March, but the way he played at times Saturday at Tampa’s Amalie Arena, he might as well not have aged a day in 20 years.

Twenty-four hours after and before home Lightning playoff games at Amalie, more than 9,000 fans bore witness to a J.T. revitalized, or at least not quite willing to cede his entire sandalwood soul to Father Time. Heck, during most of his 20-minute intermission, Taylor meandered down to the crowd to sign autographs and snap photos with fans. Who does that?

It makes you wonder: Would we have gotten a show like this out of Taylor if Bonnie Raitt hadn’t canceled?

Raitt was scheduled to open this run of shows on Taylor’s tour, but canceled recently due to a medical issue that required immediate surgery. Taylor assured fans that the 68-year-old Raitt was recovering nicely, and even had them record a get-well-soon message to encourage her to get back on the road.

“She made it through a tight squeeze there, some dire straits, and the news is very good,” he said. “It seems like everything is on the up and up. The news is good. The news is great.”

Raitt’s presence was missed; her rasp and attitude would’ve provided a nice counter-balance to Taylor’s steel-cut oatmeal folk. On the other hand, with two full sets to play with, Taylor and his 11-piece band could afford to have fun with the setlist, mixing covers and extra songs amongst just about every hit fans could want.

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Interview / Tour 2018 / UK 2018

Fifty years after he signed up with the Beatles, Taylor is returning to London. He’s not stopping yet.

James Taylor’s home is in the highlands of Massachusetts, two hours west of his Boston birthplace. As I speed there in the extreme chill of an April that thinks it’s January, a frosting of snow makes the Berkshires positively dreamlike. It’s a perfect setting for the man dubbed “Sweet Baby James” in a song some 48 years ago.

We talk in the barn studio where Taylor now makes all his recordings, next to the house he shares with his third wife, Kim, and their 17-year-old twins, Rufus and Henry. In this remote, beautiful estate, Taylor, newly 70, seems ever more the statesman of American song.

So how is he adapting to septuagenarian status? “It’s too early to tell,” he deadpans. “Of course, the main thing you learn when you get older is that you’re the same person you were when you were 18. When I was 18, I thought a 70-year-old person was a different creature completely, with whom I had nothing in common.”

Taylor’s most recent studio album, his 17th — the splendid Before This World, from 2015 — may prove to be his final set of new songs. In the studio, a prime spot has been given to a chair sent by Billboard in commemoration of his first No 1, complete with the chart marking that success. The staircases are lined with platinum discs: here a letter from Paul McCartney, there a picture of Taylor performing at Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

When he comes over in July for a short solo itinerary that includes guest spots on Paul Simon’s farewell tour in Dublin and Hyde Park, it will be 50 years since his momentous visit to London, during the period when he won the lottery and lost the plot.

His psychiatric and drug problems predated even his creative pre-eminence: Taylor had already spent time in a Massachusetts institution before a wildly inventive but disastrously heroin-fuelled year in New York. Then, in 1968 in London, he fulfilled every budding singer-songwriter’s dream when the Beatles signed him to Apple and released his debut album.

“As time goes on, I’m more and more grateful and tolerant of my parents,” he muses. “I could never allow my two twin boys, or Sally or Ben [his children from his marriage to Carly Simon], to go to New York City at the age of 18 and live on their own, or then, a year later, go to London with just a guitar and some traveller’s cheques. My parents didn’t know about drugs and rock’n’roll. They didn’t know how inevitable that was going to be, but they supported me.”

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Tour 2018 / UK 2018

James Taylor has announced a number of huge UK arena dates for 2018.

The legendary musician and his band will perform shows in Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow as part of the tour, which takes place in July. Tickets for all shows go on sale at 9am on Friday, February 16. They can be bought here.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt will act as tour support for the shows.

As well as these solo dates, Taylor will also be performing as part of the British Summertime Festival in London’s Hyde Park.

He’ll support Paul Simon as part of the festival series on July 15.

The full list of shows is below:

July 9 – Manchester Arena
July 10 – Glasgow, SEC Hydro
July 12 – Leeds Direct Arena
July 15 – London, British Summer Time

James Taylor is recognized as one of the great American singer songwriters. His last album Before This World reached number one in the US back in 2015.

[standard.co.uk]




Italy 2018 / Tour 2018

James is happy to announce three concerts in Italy this July with Bonnie Raitt!  JamesTaylor.com will host an exclusive ticket presale for James’s fans beginning tomorrow, February 8 at 10am CET.

To participate in any JamesTaylor.com ticket presale, please make sure you are signed in to your JamesTaylor.com account. If you do not already have an account, please click here to create one now — it’s free!

Please see the chart below for the complete details on these newly added concerts and visit James’ Official tour schedule page for the the complete tour itinerary.




Tour 2018

James announces his 7 remaining 2018 US Summer Tour dates with special guest Bonnie Raitt!  JamesTaylor.com‘s exclusive ticket presale for these dates will start on Monday, January 29!

Please see the chart below for complete details on these newly announced shows, including the specific presale start times and visit James’ Official tour schedule page for the the complete tour itinerary.

To participate in any JamesTaylor.com ticket presale, please make sure you are signed in to your JamesTaylor.com account. If you do not already have an account, please click here to create one now — it’s free!




Article / Donation / Tour 2018

James Taylor is apologizing to fans following the cancellation of Friday night’s gala celebration at the Times Union Center.

The singer-songwriter and his wife have made a $10,000 donation to the Pediatric Emergency Department at Albany Medical Center, which was supposed to get part of the proceeds.

We thank superstar James Taylor & his wife, Albany native Kim Hessberg Taylor, for their generous $10K donation to our Pediatric Emergency Department. What a wonderful and kind gift! Our new emergency department, exclusively for children & teens, is scheduled to open this summer! pic.twitter.com/k3W1JwhWjG

— AlbanyMedicalCenter (@AlbanyMed) January 22, 2018

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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.”

[masslive.com]





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