‘Sweet Baby James’ books first Vegas concert in 10 years

Oct 9, 2007 2:20 AM

Legendary singer and songwriter James Taylor will make his first appearance in Las Vegas in nearly 10 years when he performs at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Nov. 10. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets priced at $95, $65 and $45, not including applicable service charges, went on sale Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office and at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Macy’s West at the Fashion Show Mall and Ritmo Latino). Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call the Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Throughout the course of his long career, Taylor has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards for a catalog running from 1970’s "Sweet Baby James" to his Grammy Award-winning efforts "Hourglass" (1997) and "October Road" (2002).

Taylor’s 1976 Greatest Hits album earned him the Recording Industry Association of America’s elite Diamond Award, given for sales in excess of 10 million units in the United States. For his accomplishments, Taylor was honored with the 1998 Century Award, Billboard magazine’s highest accolade bestowed for distinguished creative achievement.

In 2000, he was inducted into both the Rock ”˜n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences selected Taylor as its MUSICARES Person of the Year in February 2006.

Taylor has recorded numerous hit songs including "Fire and Rain," "Country Road," "Something in The Way She Moves," "Mexico," "Shower The People," "Your Smiling Face," "Carolina In My Mind," "Sweet Baby James," "Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "You Can Close Your Eyes," "Walking Man," "Never Die Young" and many more.

His songs have had a profound influence on both songwriters and music lovers of all generations. As a recording and touring artist, Taylor set a precedent for solo singer/songwriters and blazed a path to which countless numbers of earnest young musicians have aspired. His warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music and his guitar playing has established its own standard.

Taylor’s music embodies the art of songwriting in its most fundamental form. He has been transforming introspective meditations into lyrics, melodies and harmonies that comfort and reassure the listener with the sense that these sometimes painful, sometimes celebratory moments, are a part of life shared by us all.

The Mandalay Bay Events Center is a multi-purpose arena home to championship boxing, premier concerts and special events. With seating for as many as 12,000, the Events Center offers excellent sight lines and state-of-the-art lighting and sound. Prominent events have included concerts such as KISS, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney and Alejandro Fernandez.

World championship boxing events have featured Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr. vs. Antonio Tarver and Fernando Vargas vs. Shane Mosley. The Mandalay Bay Events Center also is home to multiple Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events throughout the year, the annual TigerJam event hosted by Tiger Woods and the annual Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Finals.