Nov. 20, 2015 Article by Dave Read
James Taylor has announced that he will return to Tanglewood for concerts on July 3 & 4, 2016, accompanied by his All-Star Band; tickets become available to the public on January 17 at 10 am EST. The shows are listed on the Tanglewood website as beginning at 8PM, rather than 7PM as previously, according to memory!
Maybe that explains why this announcement came several weeks after the Boston Symphony Orchestra promulgated their 2016 schedule, minus these James Taylor dates, while announcing that Friday and Saturday night concerts shall begin at 8PM henceforward, as opposed to 8:30 as previously? The two Boston-born, Berkshires-steeped juggernauts were negotiating starting times!? While not an annual event, these James Taylor Fourth of July Tanglewood shows are becoming pretty regular – annual since 2012 except for the hiatus year 2013
It has been another good year for Taylor who last month was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama, who presented the National Medal of Arts to him in 2010. He also released a new studio album, Before This World, which dominated national music news for a week or so when it was released in June, and which currently ranks #23 in Rock and #63 in Pop on Amazon’s best seller listing. More local articles: James Taylor at tanglewood and in the Berkshires.