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Regan McDonnell

July 25, 2014
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Show Review: James Taylor at Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre – July 24, 2014

With a career spanning almost 50 years, Mr. Taylor has clearly perfected the art of performance. Pulling out all his biggest tunes and sharing personal anecdotes between songs, Taylor had the crowd’s attention and was in no hurry to rush off the stage to get back on the tour bus (as made evident by his 10+ minute encore rendition of ‘How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You’ featuring a disco jam breakdown).

Playing to the heart strings of the crowd, Taylor took a quick break from sharing his own personal experiences to tell a story of his famed percussionist, Luis Conte’s, own adventure pleasantly getting lost in our great city of Toronto. Luis’ experiences inspired a new original tune which Taylor and company performed for the first time ever. With mention of lasting sunshine, street musicians and the different people to be seen in our diverse city, there’s no question listeners were feeling a serious sense of hometown pride. If nothing else, Taylor’s years of performing have taught him just how wild a crowd will go when hearing the name of their city and country belted out in song.

With a new album said to be soon on the way, let’s see if this Toronto inspired tune will make the cut.