Carole King & James Taylor "Troubador Reunion" To NZ

Monday 16 November 2009

Iconic recording artists Carole King and James Taylor will bring their "Troubador Reunion" to New Zealand on Saturday April 10 at Auckland's Vector Arena, taking to the world stage together for the first time in nearly 40 years.

This once-in-a-lifetime event brings together two of the most beloved singer/songwriters for a rare concert experience, performing in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane arenas, as well as an outdoor show at Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley, followed by a one-off show at Auckland’s, Vector Arena.

The two-hour shows will feature 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.

Tickets for all shows will go on sale Monday November 23.

The idea for the ‘Troubadour Reunion’ tour came together in 2007 after King and Taylor performed at the famed Los Angeles venue for the first time since 1970 to celebrate the Troubadour’s 50th Anniversary. The shows sold-out immediately and garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike. 

The Los Angeles Times noted “the sense of occasion [and] weight of history in the evening” and Variety said “Taylor and King reminded us about the intensity of song, that the artistically rich and commercial viable are not mutually exclusive...”

Now Australian and New Zealand fans will be able to experience what was created on that magical evening in 2007. Nearly four decades after helping define the singer-songwriter movement, King and Taylor will tour together with the original band-mates guitarist Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar, famous in their own right as ‘The Section’. 

“When James and I first played together in the early seventies, we connected immediately, both musically and personally, with an effortless, comfortable familiarity,” Carole King said.  

“After we reunited in 2007 with Danny Kortchmar, Lee Sklar, and Russ Kunkel, the original band from our early Troubadour shows, none of us wanted the fun to stop.  We can’t wait to bring our Troubadour Reunion tour to Australia and New Zealand.”