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Carole King 2012 Tour Dates

Carole King has hit the road and is on tour with James Taylor celebrating their 40th anniversary of their Troubadour show. Following are their 2012 tour dates. Get ready for the Carole King Tour.

2012 Carole King Tour Dates

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Carole King and James Taylor Set for 2012 'Troubadour' Tour :
Nearly 40 years after Carole King's first public performance, which was with James Taylor at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, the duo will embark on a world tour together in 2012. The first show will be at Melbourne, Australia's Rod Laver Arena on Mar. 27. From there, they'll hit New Zealand and Japan, before heading to North America and Europe. So far, the only North American date is scheduled for May 14 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Carole King and James TaylorAppropriately enough, their tour (the songwriters pictured here in 1972) is being dubbed 'The Troubadour Reunion' and was born out of a 50th anniversary concert the duo played in 2007, when the Troubadour turned 50. Along for the ride is their original backing band, consisting of guitarist Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar.

Since the early 60s, King has been a songwriting force -- not only is she behind the landmark album 'Tapestry,' her early days found her penning songs for doo-wop, pop and Motown greats such as Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, the Monkees, the Chiffons and the Drifters; cover versions of her songs were done by the Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Neil Diamond and even Brooklyn psych-folkers Grizzly Bear.

In September, King performed in Central Park for a concert tied around Ken Burns' new documentary, 'The National Parks: America's Best Idea.'

Taylor's most recent release is 2008's 'Covers,' an album of bluesy-folk renditions of songs such as 'On Broadway,' 'Hound Dog' and Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne'. Earlier this year, he released an EP of sorts that culled material from the same sessions. Entitlted 'More Covers,' the seven-song set has him tackling Wilson Pickett's 'In the Midnight Hour' as well as Tom Waits' 'Shiver Me Timbers.'

This year Taylor was also the last musical act on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.'

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Carole King & James Taylor 2012 "Troubadour Reunion" World Tour :
Iconic musicians Carole King and James Taylor announced that they will embark on a "Troubadour Reunion" world tour. The world tour will kick off in Melbourne, Australia on March 27 and will travel to New Zealand and Japan before coming to North America and Europe.

This once-in-a-lifetime event brings together two of the most beloved singer/songwriters for a rare concert experience. The set list will include a breadth of material including songs they performed during their 1970 debut show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, which helped propel them both to the world stage.

Carole King CDTickets for dates in Australia and New Zealand and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles go on public sale Nov. 23. Tickets for dates in Japan go on sale Dec. 12. Additional dates in North America and Europe will be announced soon.

Carole King and James Taylor will tour together with their original bandmates guitarist Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar, famous in their own right as "The Section".

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Carole King and James Taylor Troubadour Reunion Tour Dates and Tickets :
Carole King and James Taylor TourAmerican singer-songwriter legends James Taylor and Carole King are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Troubadour club performance by taking their act to the road in Spring-Summer 2012. The highly anticipated Troubadour Reunion Tour will be witnessed world-wide with the James Taylor and Carole King schedule opening in Australia in March, continuing in New Zealand and Japan in April, and then heading to the United States in May.

Highlights for the American leg include The James Taylor Carole King show at Hollywood Bowl in L.A. on May 13-15 and the James Taylor Carole King concert at MSG in N.Y. on June 15th & 16th. 2012 James Taylor and Carole King Canadian tour dates other than Toronto at the ACC on May 28th have not been announced at this time.

The 2012 James Taylor Carole King Troubadour Reunion Tour will most likely feature a setlist comprising songs from each of their numerous studio albums as well as songs they performed together during their debut concert as a duet at the Troubadour Club in West Hollywood, CA in November 1969. As of now the opening act for the 2012 Carole King James Taylor Tour is unconfirmed.

Carole King - “When James and I first played together in the early seventies, we connected immediately, both musically and personally, with an effortless, comfortable familiarity… This tour, our Troubadour Reunion, has been waiting to happen for a long time and the years seem to have vanished, where does the time go? When we reunited for the Troubadour’s 50th Anniversary celebration, it felt like yesterday. It was and still is all about the music and the songs that we get to perform together.”

James Taylor – “In a sense, we started our solo careers sharing a band, sharing a stage, we did a show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles that really sort of broke both of us out of the box and established our careers.” ... Article Source ...

Carole King and James Taylor Troubadour Reunion Tour Expands Again With 16 New Dates :
Carole King Tour DatesThe Carole King and James Taylor Troubadour Reunion Tour is in high demand and as a result the tour keeps expanding. We told you just yesterday that some new dates were added to the outing, today we have sixteen more dates to tell you about.

Here is the official announcement: Due to an overwhelming response by fans - and sold-out shows in many cities - Carole King and James Taylor have added sixteen new dates to their "Troubadour Reunion" tour:
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. ... Article Source ...

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Carole King, James Taylor roll out spring tour dates for 2012 :
James Taylor and Carole King, who late last year announced plans for a joint 2012 road trip, have unveiled their US itinerary.

Carole King Concert TicketsThe iconic singing/songwriting duo will hit the road in early May, and stops are planned in 20 US cities, as well as in Toronto. The schedule, which is shown at right, also includes a three-night stand in Los Angeles.

Taylor and King have dubbed their upcoming road trip the "Troubadour Reunion" tour, so named because of a series of six performances the two old friends gave together in late 2007 to mark the 50th anniversary of West Hollywood, CA's historic Troubadour nightclub.

"This tour, our Troubadour Reunion, has been waiting to happen for a long time and the years seem to have vanished, where does the time go?" said Taylor in a press statement.

"When we reunited for the Troubadour's 50th anniversary celebration, it felt like yesterday. It was and still is all about the music and the songs that we get to perform together."

Taylor's most recent studio set, last fall's "Covers," debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 with sales of 94,500 units its first week. Recorded during a 10-day session in Taylor's Massachusetts studio, "Covers" offers Taylor's versions of classic songs from a variety of artists, including Leonard Cohen, George Jones and The Temptations, among others.

"Other Covers," a seven-song companion set, features material that didn't fit on the first release, including remakes of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood."

King--whose most recent studio album was 2001's "Love Makes the World"--released a live DVD, "Welcome to My Living Room," in 2007. The set features 29 songs from her sold-out 2005-2006 Living Room World Tour, including 21 Top 40 hits, seven No. 1 singles and 11 tunes that didn't make her 2005 "Living Room Tour" live CD.   ... Source Article Here ...

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Carole King Biography (Brief) and Background Information :
Carole Klein, 9 February 1942, Brooklyn, New York, USA. A proficient pianist from the age of four, King was a prolific songwriter by her early teens. When friend and neighbour Neil Sedaka embarked on his recording career, she followed him into the New York milieu, recording demos, singing back-up and even helping arrange occasional sessions. As a student at Queen's College, New York, she met future partner and husband Gerry Goffin whose lyrical gifts matched King's grasp of melody. She completed a handful of singles, including "The Right Girl" (1958), "Baby Sittin'", "Queen Of The Beach" (1959), prior to recording "Oh Neil" (1960), a riposte to Sedaka's "Oh Carol". Although not a hit, her record impressed publishing magnate Don Kirshner, who signed the Goffin/King team to his Aldon Music empire. They scored notable early success with the Shirelles ("Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"), Bobby Vee ("Take Good Care Of My Baby") and the Drifters ("Up On The Roof") and were later responsible for much of the early output on Dimension Records, the company's in-house label. The duo wrote, arranged and produced hits for Little Eva ("The Loco-Motion") and the Cookies ("Chains" and "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)") while a song written with Bobby Vee in mind, "It Might As Well Rain Until September", provided King with a solo hit in 1962.

Carole King Concert DatesAlthough this memorable and highly evocative song barely reached the US Top 30, it climbed to number 3 in the UK. However, two follow-up singles fared less well. The Goffin/King oeuvre matured as the 60s progressed, resulting in several sophisticated, personalized compositions, including "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Aretha Franklin), "Goin' Back" (Dusty Springfield and the Byrds) and "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (the Monkees). The couple also established the short-lived Tomorrow label, but their disintegrating marriage was chronicled on King's 1967 single, "The Road To Nowhere", the year they dissolved their partnership.
King then moved to Los Angeles and having signed to Lou Adler's Ode label, formed the City with ex-Fugs duo Danny Kortchmar (guitar) and Charles Larkey (bass). (The latter became King's second husband.) The trio's lone album, Now That Everything's Been Said, included the artist's versions of "I Wasn't Born To Follow" and "That Old Sweet Roll (Hi De Ho)", covered, respectively, by the Byrds and Blood, Sweat And Tears. King began a solo career in 1970 with Writer, before fully asserting her independence with Tapestry. This radiant selection contained several of the singer's most incisive compositions, notably "You've Got A Friend", a US number 1 for James Taylor, "It's Too Late", a US chart-topper for King, and "So Far Away".

Unlike many of her former production-line contemporaries, King was able to shrug off teen preoccupations and use her skills to address adult doubts and emotions. Tapestry has now sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide and established its creator as a major figure in the singer-songwriter movement. However, the delicate balance it struck between perception and self-delusion became blurred on Music and Rhymes And Reasons, which were regarded as relative disappointments.
Each set nonetheless achieved gold disc status, as did Fantasy, Wrap Around Joy (which contained her second US number 1, "Jazzman") and Thoroughbred. The last marked the end of King's tenure at Ode and she has since failed to reap the same commercial success. Her first release of the 80s, Pearls, comprised "classic" Goffin/King songs, a release which many interpreted as an artistic impasse. Certainly King subsequently pursued a less frenetic professional life, largely restricting her live appearances to fund-raising concerns. In the early 90s she had relocated to Ireland. Her recordings also became more measured and if Speeding Time, Colour Of Your Dreams or City Streets lacked the cultural synchronization Tapestry enjoyed with the post-Woodstock audience, her songwriting skills were still in evidence. In the USA, Tapestry exceeded 10 million copies sold in July 1995.

After a number of years keeping a relatively low profile, King released Love Makes The World on her own Rockingale label. This album, probably her finest collection of songs since Tapestry, proves King now has the experience of age and a voice that has grown stronger.
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