Tuesday, November 24, 2009

James Taylor - The Troubadour Reunion‏

by Brent Warnken

Wouldn't it be great to reunite with old friends and get paid for it? That's just what James Taylor and Carole King thought as they put together the 'Troubadour Reunion' tour, an event originally sparked from the 50th anniversary celebration of West Hollywood's landmark two years ago.

Now the two veteran performers, along with a few friends, will kick off a new "Troubadour" event this March in Australia, courting New Zealand, Japan and the U.S., as well. Get James Taylor tickets today online to see the acts together.

"This tour ... has been waiting to happen for a long time but the years seem to have vanished. When we reunited for the Troubadour 50th Anniversary celebration in 2007, it was, and still is, all about the music and the celebration of performing together," Taylor said in a press statement.

Now the two have reignited that original passion, an emotion close to their fans, for a blast back into the past. The two first performed together at the Troubadour Club in 1970; the event not only marks a legendary performance for the Troubadour but also for King, who performed solo for the first time that evening.

Just two years ago they reunited with their original 1970 band and loved the reunion format so much they decided to take their performances to the road. "When James and I first played together in the early seventies, we connected immediately, both musically and personally, with an effortless, comfortable familiarity," King said to Monsters and Critics online. "After we reunited in 2007 with Danny Kortchmar, Lee Sklar and Russ Kunkel, the original band from our early Troubadour shows, none of us wanted the fun to stop."

Now the infamous duo of smooth '70s rock will not only appear together, but so will their band - as Kortchmar, Kunkel and Sklar all join Tyler and King for the reunion trek. Only seven dates have been announced with promises for more, as the rock group plans to visit Australia's Brisbane, Hunter, Sydney and Melbourne; New Zealand's Auckland; Japan's Tokyo and Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl in the U.S.

That celebrated '70s Troubadour performance had Taylor performing his self-titled Apple Records album that included the hits "Carolina in My Mind" and "Something in the Way She Moves." Though King had been a prominent songwriter - penning tunes for Aretha Franklin, the Monkees and more, it was the first performance that she was stepping out on her own. Taylor and King have since become multi-platinum selling acts, each earning their fare share of awards as well as inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Taylor just finished up with his Covers Tour, a nationwide tour that promoted his new albums Covers and Other Covers, his first Top 10 album. The sets have James covering some of his favorite classic acts like Leonard Cohen, George Jones and the Temptations. All the tunes on Covers were prominent parts of Taylor's concerts throughout his career. "Crowd pleasers, rabble rousers," as Taylor calls them. "It just seemed like a really obvious album we wanted to make."

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1 comment:

  1. James is such an amazing talent, and I had the privelage of seeing him in concert a few summers back.