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James Taylor hits the road; new music on the horizon?
James Taylor is on the road again. The icon kicked off an extensive summer tour across the United States back on May 30 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon and has been garnering exceptionally favorable reviews.
"James Taylor delivers a fresh, satisfying show" said one headline from the Lincoln Star Journal on June 21 following his concert at Pinnacle Bank Arena. "James Taylor familiar, charming" said the Kansas.com website following his performance at Intrust Bank Arena. The Berkshire Eagle also described Taylor's "hero's welcome" for the July 4th holiday, when a tropical deluge soaked the crowd, and a rather intense thunderstorm delayed his performance by close to a half-hour.
To celebrate the tour, Taylor launched two new features on his website, JamesTaylor.com. A section called "Life on the Road" provides photos and videos of the behind-the-scenes activity surrounding set up and the daily routine to prep for a James Taylor show each day. Meanwhile, "Meet the Band" introduces each of the members of Taylor's "All-Star Band." There are individual Q&A's with each band member sharing their experiences of life on the road.
Taylor has been gifting the fans with performances of new songs from an upcoming album. The intimate ballad, "You and I Again" and the country-flavored "Today, Today, Today," are just two of the tracks concert-goers have been able to hear from what will be his first new album of original material since 2002's "October Road."
Taylor's current US tour will wrap August 5 in Alpharetta, Georgia at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. He'll then head to Europe for a lengthy run of dates that will wrap with a two-night stay at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
James Taylor makes it to Utah (Updated 9/13/13)
What does it sound like when James Taylor performs with the Mormon Tabernacle choir? Fans of the star got a chance to find out, as he performed a dozen songs on Friday, September 6, 2013 with the 360-person choir, the Utah Symphony and some with his touring combo.
It only took seven years for the Taylor and choir officials to book a date for the performance – but it was undoubtedly worth the wait. A capacity crowd of 21,000 cheered classics like "Shower the People," "Fire and Rain," "Carolina in My Mind," and "Lonesome Road." Taylor later raved to media outlets about the choir, calling it "a national treasure and a great gift to the world."
Of course this wasn't the only time Taylor has performed in front of an orchestra this year. He sang at the memorial service for slain MIT police officer Sean Collier, who is believed to have been killed by the men responsible for the Boston Marathon Bombings. He was accompanied by the MIT Symphony Orchestra and three MIT a cappella groups.
Taylor was also an active supporter of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, and performed at the President's second inauguration. He also performed at a benefit called The One Fund to benefit the Boston Marathon bombings, and has otherwise spent the majority of 2013 working on material for a new album. He's also actively promoting a new project by longtime drummer Steve Gadd and fellow bandmates as they worked to put out their first record, "Gadditude."
About James Taylor
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and five-time Grammy Award winner all describe the incomparable James Taylor. But the living legend and rock icon has made a career of low-key, simplistic performance and continues to remain relevant at a time when overzealous production, auto-tune and fleeting popularity plague the careers of many a musician.
Taylor's breakthrough came with the 1970 single, "Fire and Rain," and he hit pay dirt the following year with his first No. 1 hit, "You've Got a Friend." The latter was a recording of Carole King's classic song, and set Taylor's course from one of initial fame to an ever-lasting ride of popularity. All but one studio album for the rest of the decade was certified either gold or platinum, and a 1976 Greatest Hits collection eventually achieved a diamond certification for sales of more than 10 million copies.
Honored by Billboard magazine with its highest accolade – the Century Award – the achievements and recognition didn't stop there. Taylor was inducted into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2000, and in 2006 was the Grammy Award-sponsored MusiCares Person of the Year. At a black tie ceremony held in Los Angeles, musicians from several eras paid tribute to Taylor by performing many of his hit songs.
Recurrent touring became a staple of Taylor's career beginning in 1980, undoubtedly contributing to his overall longevity as an artist. Known in many circles as true road dog, Taylor's summer shows became a tradition for generations of fans. Indeed, when Taylor joined King for what became the season's hottest tour in 2010, they played to arenas full of baby boomers – and their kids and grandkids. The tour sold more than 700,000 tickets and grossed more than $59 million.
Taylor is already lining up tour dates for 2013, with at least one date already penciled on the calendar. He'll play at the Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio on April 20 for "Shower The People – The Music of James Taylor."
James Taylor Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|Original Album Classics||2010|
|Live at the Troubadour||2010|
|One Man Band||2007|
|James Taylor at Christmas||2006|
|A Christmas Album||2004|
|The Best of James Taylor||2003|
|Listen With James||2002|
|Greatest Hits, Volume 2||2000|
|Original Flying Machine 1967||1996|
|New Moon Shine||1991|
|Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon||1990|
|Never Die Young||1988|
|Live in Rio||1985|
|That's Why I'm Here||1985|
|Dad Loves His Work||1981|
|In the Pocket||1976|
|One Man Dog||1972|
|James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine||1970|
|Royal Albert Hall, London, UK||1970|
|Sweet Baby James||1970|
Top 10 James Taylor Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|1||Fire And Rain||87,003||36,482|
|2||You've Got A Friend||48,815||22,471|
|3||Carolina In My Mind||41,860||19,001|
|4||Sweet Baby James||40,704||18,961|
|7||Something In The Way She Moves||31,032||14,536|
|8||Shower The People||21,764||10,770|
|9||Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight||20,357||10,082|
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James Taylor Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 04/16/2015 Utrecht TivoliVredenburg 04/14/2015 Groningen ?? De Oosterpoort 04/12/2015 Berlin Berlin Tempodrom 04/11/2015 Hamburg HH Laeiszhalle 03/31/2015 Amsterdam ?? Theatre Carre 03/30/2015 Leipzig ?? Gewandhaus 03/28/2015 Frankfurt am Main Hesse Jahrhunderthalle - Frankfurt 03/26/2015 Lille Nord Theatre Sebastopol 03/24/2015 Nantes Loire-atlantique Cite Des Congres 03/21/2015 Bordeaux Gironde Theatre Femina 03/20/2015 Marseille 1 Le Silo 03/15/2015 San Sebastian Basque Country Auditorio Kursaal 03/12/2015 Paris Ile Olympia Hall 03/10/2015 Lyon Bourse du Travail 03/08/2015 Zurich ?? Kongresshaus Zurich 03/07/2015 Geneve GE Theatre du Leman Geneve / ex-Grand Casino 03/04/2015 Dusseldorf NW Mitsubishi Electric Halle 03/02/2015 Stuttgart Baden-wurttemberg Liederhalle Beethovensaal 03/01/2015 Munich BY Philharmonie im Gasteig 02/14/2015 Manchester Gtm Band on the Wall
James Taylor Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/05/2014 New York NY Madison Square Garden 12/04/2014 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 12/02/2014 Baltimore MD Royal Farms Arena 12/01/2014 Wilkes-Barre PA Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 11/29/2014 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 11/28/2014 Charleston WV Charleston Civic Center 11/25/2014 Norfolk VA Constant Convocation Center 11/24/2014 Richmond VA Richmond Coliseum 11/22/2014 Greenville SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena 11/21/2014 North Charleston SC North Charleston Coliseum 11/19/2014 Jacksonville FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 11/18/2014 Orlando FL Amway Center 11/15/2014 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 11/14/2014 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 11/12/2014 Birmingham AL BJCC Arena 11/11/2014 New Orleans LA UNO Lakefront Arena 11/09/2014 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 11/07/2014 Louisville KY KFC Yum! Center 11/06/2014 Moline IL i wireless Center 11/04/2014 Milwaukee WI BMO Harris Bradley Center 11/02/2014 Saint Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 11/01/2014 Des Moines IA Wells Fargo Arena 10/08/2014 London Kec Royal Albert Hall 10/07/2014 London Kec Royal Albert Hall 10/05/2014 Bournemouth Bmh Bournemouth International Centre 10/04/2014 Brighton Bnh Brighton Centre 10/02/2014 Cardiff Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Cardiff 09/30/2014 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 09/29/2014 Glasgow Glg The SSE Hydro 09/27/2014 Leeds W York First Direct Arena 09/26/2014 Birmingham Warwickshire Genting Arena 09/24/2014 Belfast Bfs Waterfront Hall 09/23/2014 Dublin D The O2 - Dublin 09/19/2014 Brussels Cirque Royal 09/17/2014 Aarhus 070 Musikhuset Aarhus 09/16/2014 Copenhagen 147 Falkoner Theatre 09/14/2014 Stockholm AB Cirkus 09/13/2014 Oslo 03 Oslo Konserthus 09/10/2014 Stavanger 11 Stavanger Konserthus 09/05/2014 Plymouth Devon Plymouth Pavilions 09/04/2014 New York NY Cunard Cruise Line's Queen Mary 2 09/03/2014 New York NY Cunard Cruise Line's Queen Mary 2 09/02/2014 New York NY Cunard Cruise Line's Queen Mary 2 09/01/2014 New York NY Cunard Cruise Line's Queen Mary 2 08/31/2014 New York NY Cunard Cruise Line's Queen Mary 2 08/30/2014 New York NY Cunard Cruise Line's Queen Mary 2 08/29/2014 New York NY Cunard Cruise Line's Queen Mary 2 08/28/2014 New York NY Cunard Cruise Line's Queen Mary 2 08/27/2014 New York NY Cunard Cruise Line's Queen Mary 2 08/09/2014 Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 08/08/2014 North Little Rock AR Verizon Arena 08/06/2014 Memphis TN Mud Island Amphitheatre 08/05/2014 Alpharetta GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park 08/03/2014 Charlotte NC PNC Music Pavilion 08/02/2014 Raleigh NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek 07/31/2014 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live 07/29/2014 Buffalo NY First Niagara Center 07/27/2014 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 07/25/2014 Cuyahoga Falls OH Blossom Music Center 07/24/2014 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 07/22/2014 Camden NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 07/20/2014 Bethel NY Bethel Woods Center For The Arts 07/19/2014 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07/17/2014 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 07/16/2014 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 07/14/2014 Gilford NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook 07/13/2014 Bangor ME Cross Insurance Center 07/04/2014 Lenox MA Tanglewood 07/03/2014 Lenox MA Tanglewood 06/29/2014 Columbus OH Schottenstein Center 06/27/2014 Highland Park IL Ravinia Pavilion 06/26/2014 Highland Park IL Ravinia Pavilion 06/24/2014 Maryland Heights MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 06/23/2014 Kansas City MO Starlight Theatre 06/21/2014 Lincoln NE Pinnacle Bank Arena 06/20/2014 Wichita KS INTRUST Bank Arena 06/18/2014 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 06/15/2014 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 06/14/2014 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 06/11/2014 Albuquerque NM Sandia Casino Amphitheater 06/10/2014 Phoenix AZ US Airways Center 06/08/2014 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 06/07/2014 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 06/04/2014 Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara Bowl 06/03/2014 Concord CA Concord Pavilion 05/31/2014 Seattle WA Key Arena 05/30/2014 Portland OR Moda Center at the Rose Quarter 04/26/2014 Sydney Nsw Chinese Laundry 02/14/2014 Manchester Gtm Band on the Wall
James Taylor Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 05/17/2013 London London O2 Academy Islington 05/10/2013 London Kec Royal Albert Hall 04/19/2013 Marseille Poste A Galene 04/13/2013 Honolulu HI Blaisdell Arena 04/12/2013 Kahului HI Maui Arts & Cultural Center
James Taylor Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 10/06/2012 Richmond VA Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, W. E Singleton Center for the Performing 10/04/2012 New York NY Radio City Music Hall 07/28/2012 Highland Park IL Ravinia Pavilion 07/27/2012 Highland Park IL Ravinia Pavilion 07/24/2012 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 07/23/2012 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 07/21/2012 Kansas City MO Starlight Theatre 07/20/2012 St. Louis MO Fabulous Fox Theatre 07/18/2012 Tulsa OK BOK Center 07/17/2012 Springfield MO JQH Arena 07/15/2012 Memphis TN Mud Island Amphitheatre 07/12/2012 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 07/11/2012 Evansville IN Ford Center 07/09/2012 Cleveland OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 07/07/2012 Atlantic City NJ Borgata Music Box 07/06/2012 Atlantic City NJ Borgata Music Box 07/04/2012 Lenox MA Tanglewood 07/03/2012 Lenox MA Tanglewood 07/02/2012 Lenox MA Tanglewood 06/30/2012 Manchester NH Verizon Wireless Arena 06/28/2012 Montreal QC Place des Arts 06/27/2012 Montreal QC Place des Arts 06/24/2012 Portland ME Cross Insurance Arena 06/23/2012 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 06/21/2012 Syracuse NY War Memorial at Oncenter 06/20/2012 Pittsburgh PA Petersen Events Center 04/03/2012 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium
James Taylor Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 07/17/2011 Cardiff Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Cardiff 07/15/2011 London The O2 07/14/2011 Bournemouth Bmh Bournemouth International Centre 07/12/2011 Dublin D The Grand Social Dublin 07/10/2011 Glasgow Glasgow City SECC 07/07/2011 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 07/04/2011 Lenox MA Tanglewood 07/03/2011 Lenox MA Tanglewood 07/01/2011 Lenox MA Tanglewood 06/25/2011 North York ON Rexall Centre 05/28/2011 Atlanta GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre 05/27/2011 Atlanta GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre 05/26/2011 Orlando FL Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre 05/24/2011 Birmingham AL BJCC Concert Hall 05/23/2011 Knoxville TN Knoxville Civic Auditorium 05/21/2011 Atlantic City NJ The Borgata Outdoor Entertainment Complex 05/18/2011 Verona NY Turning Stone Casino 05/17/2011 Buffalo NY Kleinhans Music Hall 05/14/2011 Erie PA Warner Theatre 05/13/2011 Charleston WV Charleston Municipal Auditorium 05/11/2011 Baltimore MD Hippodrome Theatre At The France-Merrick PAC 05/09/2011 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium 05/06/2011 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Zankel Hall 04/30/2011 Wichita KS INTRUST Bank Arena 04/29/2011 North Little Rock AR Verizon Arena 04/27/2011 Dallas TX Music Hall at Fair Park 04/26/2011 Oklahoma City OK Civic Center Music Hall 04/23/2011 Austin TX Bass Concert Hall 04/22/2011 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 04/20/2011 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium 04/12/2011 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium 04/02/2011 Toledo OH Stranahan Theater 04/01/2011 Hershey PA Hershey Theatre 03/30/2011 Richmond VA Altria Theater 03/29/2011 Norfolk VA Chrysler Hall 03/26/2011 Raleigh NC Raleigh Memorial Auditorium 03/25/2011 Louisville KY Louisville Palace 03/23/2011 Columbia SC Koger Center for the Arts 03/22/2011 Jacksonville FL Times Union Ctr Perf Arts Moran Theater 03/12/2011 Cincinnati OH Procter and Gamble Hall 03/11/2011 Davenport IA Adler Theatre 03/09/2011 East Lansing MI Wharton Center 03/08/2011 Grand Rapids MI DeVos Performance Hall 03/06/2011 Des Moines IA Des Moines Civic Center 03/05/2011 South Bend IN Morris Performing Arts Center 03/04/2011 Indianapolis IN Murat Theatre 03/02/2011 Des Moines IA Des Moines Civic Center 03/01/2011 Omaha NE Orpheum Theatre Omaha 02/27/2011 Memphis TN Orpheum Theatre Memphis 02/26/2011 Tulsa OK Brady Theater
James Taylor Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 10/01/2010 New York NY Acura at SIR Stage37 07/20/2010 Anaheim CA Honda Center 07/19/2010 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 07/17/2010 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 07/15/2010 Salt Lake City UT EnergySolutions Arena 07/14/2010 Denver CO Pepsi Center 07/10/2010 Saint Louis MO Scottrade Center 07/09/2010 Chicago IL United Center 07/07/2010 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 07/05/2010 Lenox MA Tanglewood 07/04/2010 Lenox MA Tanglewood 07/03/2010 Lenox MA Tanglewood 06/30/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 06/28/2010 Wilkes-Barre PA Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 06/26/2010 Pittsburgh PA Mellon Arena 06/25/2010 Newark NJ Prudential Center 06/23/2010 Washington DC Verizon Center 06/22/2010 Philadelphia PA First Union Spectrum 06/20/2010 Boston MA TD Garden 06/19/2010 Boston MA TD Garden 06/16/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 06/15/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 06/13/2010 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 06/12/2010 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 06/10/2010 Philadelphia PA First Union Spectrum 06/08/2010 Washington DC Verizon Center 06/06/2010 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 06/05/2010 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 06/03/2010 Duluth GA The Arena At Gwinnett Center 06/02/2010 Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Arena 05/30/2010 Columbus OH Schottenstein Center 05/28/2010 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 05/27/2010 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 05/25/2010 Saint Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 05/24/2010 Rosemont IL Allstate Arena 05/22/2010 Nashville TN Sommet Center 05/21/2010 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 05/19/2010 Glendale AZ Gila River Arena 05/18/2010 Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara Bowl 05/15/2010 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 05/14/2010 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 05/13/2010 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 05/11/2010 San Jose CA SAP Center 05/09/2010 Seattle WA Key Arena 05/07/2010 Portland OR Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
James Taylor Tour Dates 2009
date city state venue 09/21/2009 Livermore CA Wente Vineyards 09/19/2009 Puyallup WA Puyallup Fairgrounds 09/18/2009 Central Point OR Lithia Motors Amphitheater 09/16/2009 Saratoga CA Mountain Winery 09/15/2009 Valley Center CA Valley View Casino 09/13/2009 Tucson AZ Tucson Convention Center 09/12/2009 Albuquerque NM Sandia Casino Amphitheater 09/10/2009 El Paso TX The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center 09/09/2009 San Antonio TX Majestic Theatre San Antonio 08/29/2009 Lenox MA Tanglewood 08/28/2009 Lenox MA Tanglewood 08/27/2009 Lenox MA Tanglewood