Tanglewood | Lenox, Massachusetts
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of his Tanglewood debut, the legendary James Taylor will come back to the famous Lenox, Massachusetts, venue for a two-night concert event on July 4 and 5. Five decades ago, Taylor appeared on the same stage on a double bill with Linda Ronstadt — and what better way to celebrate this milestone than music and fireworks, right? Well, your 4th of July will be extra celebratory and will shine brighter as James Taylor serenades you with some of his career-defining hits, including "Fire and Rain," "Carolina in My Mind," "Something In The Way She Moves," and "Country Road," among many others. To cap the night off, fireworks will be let off above the Stockbridge Bowl following the concert in observance of Independence Day. This is going to be one of the most memorable concerts this summer, so be sure not to miss it. Tickets are now available, and you can get yours here by hitting the "Get Tickets" link.
One of the biggest accolades an artist could receive in their lifetime is to become an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you become part of it, you leave an indelible mark in the rock music scene's history. Music excellence must be noted in your career to receive such prestige, and to be considered, you must have achieved so after 25 years of your career.
In 2000, James Taylor was among the inductees. He represented the first pop/rock artists who wore their hearts on their sleeves, singing about going through a turbulent era in history. In his style, the result is a poetic, introspective acoustics that is a calming take on rock music. Due to his focus on songwriting and simplistic (but effective) sound, he was among the first artists who were given the title "singer-songwriter."
By the time he became a part of the Rock Hall, the icon had put out 14 albums. Most of these received critical acclaim. His breakthrough came through in 1970 with "Sweet Baby James," which included his first-ever hit song "Fire and Rain." Only a year later, his version of "You've Got a Friend," written by Carole King, took the world by storm. Both musicians bagged Grammy wins for this song. In 1976, still early on his blossoming career, he was already compiling his greatest hits. When the compilation album went public, it sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
Success followed Taylor in the years that followed. His biggest strength is his consistency, which has continued into the 21st century. To stay acclaimed for decades after decades is not an easy achievement. He is among the small portion of musicians who got to do so. Beyond the 14 albums, glory followed his recent discography. His freshest among the bunch is "American Standard," which came out in 2020. The album won the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category during the 2021 Grammy Awards.
Now at 75, the definitive singer-songwriter will take on another massive world tour. With his all-star band, he will come to the Tanglewood at the Koussevitzky Music Shed on July 4. Buy tickets now!