January 11th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

Carole King & James Taylor bring back the '70s

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to step into a time machine of sorts for a performance I'd been too young to experience the first time around: Carole King and James Taylor playing the legendary Troubadour club in West Hollywood, with their original backing band, The Section – drummer Russ Kunkel, bassist Lee Sklar, and guitarist Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar.  A few hundred people squeezed into the tiny old club for each of the half-dozen performances, the first time that combo had graced that stage since 1970.

Needless to say, the crowds went crazy  for every show – and now those who missed out can get a taste of the magic.

Today, King and Taylor announced North American concert dates for their Troubadour Reunion tour, featuring The Section and other special guests, including King's longtime sideman, Rudy Guess; the multi-talented Robbie Kondor; singer/violinist Andrea Zonn; and longtime Taylor backup singers Arnold McCuller and Kate Markowitz.

Tickets go on sale January 23, a few days after they play "Today" and "The Late Show with David Letterman," and after spring dates in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, they kick things off in the U.S. May 7 in Portland, Oregon.  Both JamesTaylor.com and CaroleKing.com have more info.  If the '07 Troubadour show – one of the best I've ever attended, without a doubt – are any benchmark, tickets won't last very long.

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