Iconic recording artists Carole King and James Taylor unveiled North American dates for the highly anticipated "Troubadour Reunion" tour today. This once-in-a-lifetime event marks a rare concert experience bringing two of the most beloved singer-songwriters on tour together - intimate and in the round - for the first time in four decades. North American dates begin on May 7 in Portland, OR, and extend through June 19 in Boston, MA.
The tour will travel to over 20 major venues and cities nationwide including Madison Square Garden in New York and a three-night stand at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Tickets for the North American leg of "Troubadour Reunion" go on sale January 23 (unless otherwise noted). King and Taylor will also perform together on The Today Show and The Late Show with David Letterman on January 20.
The idea for the tour was conceived after a series of six performances Taylor and King gave at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in 2007 to celebrate the famed venue's 50th Anniversary. The shows sold out immediately and garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
Joining King and Taylor on tour will be their original bandmates guitarist Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar, famous in their own right as "The Section." Also joining The Section will be: Rudy Guess, Robbie Kondor, Arnold McCuller, Kate Markowitz, Andrea Zonn.
King and Taylor's historic performance together at the Troubadour in November 1970 heralded King's transition to solo stage performer, after penning 22 Top 40 hits for artists ranging from Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" to the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday", while Taylor was supporting his self-titled Apple Records release featuring classics such as "Carolina In My Mind" and "Something In The Way She Moves." Both have since become multi-platinum-selling artists, GRAMMY® winners, and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The tour opens March 26 in Melbourne, Australia and winds through New Zealand and Japan before returning stateside in May.
May 7 Portland, Or* Rose Garden Arena
May 9 Seattle, Wa Key Arena
May 11 San Jose, Ca Hp Pavilion
May 13, 14, 15 Los Angeles, Ca Hollywood Bowl
May 19 Phoenix, Az Jobing.Com Arena
May 21 Kansas City, Mo Sprint Center
May 22 Nashville, Tn Sommet Center
May 24 Chicago, Il Allstate Arena
May 25 St. Paul, Mn Xcel Energy Center
May 27 Detroit, Mi The Palace Of Auburn Hills
May 28 Toronto, On Air Canada Centre
May 30 Columbus, Oh Schottenstein Center
Jun 2 Charlotte, Nc Time Warner Cable Arena
Jun 3 Atlanta, Ga The Arena At Gwinnett Center (Duluth)
Jun 5 Ft. Lauderdale, Fl Bankatlantic Center
Jun 6 Tampa, Fl St. Pete Times Forum
Jun 8 Washington, Dc* Verizon Center
Jun 10 Philadelphia, Pa Wachovia Center
Jun 12 Hartford, Ct Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville)
Jun 15 New York, Ny* Madison Square Garden
Jun 19 Boston, Ma Td Garden
*dates subject to change due to sports playoffs
Further dates to be announced