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James Taylor and Carole King duets concert Melbourne Australia

Updated on August 23, 2010

Troubadour Reunion World Concert Tour begins in Melbourne Australia.

James Taylor and Carole King bought their music to Melbourne on Saturday night.

Australian fans like me feel very honoured that they chose to begin the world tour in Melbourne during the F1 grand Prix round in our city. It has the place hoppin!

Their voices are so well matched for a duet. Great depth in the harmony added variance to the performance.

They also brought the team they had 40 years ago to perform a 2 hour show, and boy! Did we get our money's worth!

All the old crew from the Troubadour performance were here. Russ Kunkel on drums, Kootch Kortchmar on guitar.

This is the first stop of their new world tour, and seeing the energy that the whole group seems to have they are going to have a lot of fun doing it!

It has been sold out for ages, but my son managed to get two tickets at face value off EBay so being a big fan himself and knowing that I am as well he lovingly took me.


James Taylor and Carole King

Carole King and James Taylor On-stage at the troubadour world tour.
Carole King and James Taylor On-stage at the troubadour world tour.

Carole King and James Taylor Concert

The hush as they enter the stage from the left. The big screens are still turned off.
The hush as they enter the stage from the left. The big screens are still turned off.

The Venue in Melbourne

We drove to within a 10 minute walk of the Rod Laver Arena where it was held. The arena hold 15,000 and was full.

It was a beautiful early autumn evening, so we parked free in the road that winds around the Botanic Gardens and took a 10 minute walk across the garden path lit by antique lights down to the river, and crossed the busy Alexander Avenue to the bridge, crossed the bridge on the pedestrian path and we were there.

Although a bit expensive the food at the venue was first class, the beer cold, and the waiting area very congenial with enough room for everyone to get to their gate entrance to the tennis court area where concerts are held.

The Melbourne fans varied in age but was mostly older people who were as excited as school kids.

We have been to concerts here before. Tickets down front will cost upwards of $500 at this tennis venue that has a mobile roof so that it can be closed when it rains.

The roof was closed, for the concert of course and the acoustics were brilliant!

The performance.

From the moment they came on stage until we left, we were entertained consummately with all the best of tapestry, James Taylor's classics and an audience that was kept spellbound by that magnificent voice and guitar of Taylor.

Carole King's voice is as good as it ever was, her harmony so tone perfect it belies her years.

We sounded great too! The audience participation was constant and wonderful to be a part of.

We clapped, sang choruses and generally made them feel at home!

Carole King must have bought her piano with her I reckon, as it sounded more wonderful than ever.

The backing they had was of course world class and the old backup group were together!

Carole King and James Taylor somehow forgot how to get old. much like their enthusiastic fans!

A wonderful concert, full of beautiful music, humour and love. What a night out! Wow!


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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Sounds awesome - which songs did Carole King sing? Tapestry is such a classic album.

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Carole King did her classic solos, but did many wonderful duets with James Taylor as well.

      So Far Away (Carole King)

      Smackwater Jack (Gerry Goffin - Carole King)

      Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (Gerry Goffin - Carole King)

      I Feel the Earth Move (Carole King)

      You've Got a Friend (Carole King)

      Up on the Roof (Gerry Goffin - Carole King) (duet with backing) are some I recall right now.

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      earnestshub, you are one lucky son of a gun. I grew up with these guys. Constantly singing their songs. James Taylor is a special favorite of mine his voice is still as pure as I remember it back then !!!

      That must have been some concert ?

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Hi agvulpes. Truly it was a gas! Some of the harmony was so rich and full it felt like it went through my body! This is two older performers who have lost nothing in ability or heart. Wonderful performances!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      You must have had a real treat and unforgettable experience. Thank you for sharing.

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      mintinfo 7 years ago

      Good music never gets old. It sounds like you had a wonderful evening. Cheers

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      I'm green with envy - two of my favourites! Thank you for sharing the experience with us, Ernest - you lucky so n so!!

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      BetsyIckes 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Good music! Good hub! thanks for sharing!

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Great hub, I love James Taylor and Carole King! You are so lucky! Thanks for taking us with you.

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you Hello, hello. It was one of those concerts that are unforgettable.

      They gave it all!

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      mintinfo you are so right!

      I usually hate any new interpretations of songs, yet this incredible pair have managed new guitar riffs and variations that have made these songs even better.

      I loved every minute of it!

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Shalini Kagal thank you for your nice comment. I do feel very fortunate to have seen this amazing performance. It was sensational!

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      You are most welcome Betsylckes!

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Two of my favorites from the days gone by. The sweet voice of James Taylor is unforgettable and Carole King can move the soul. Glad you got to hear them in concert and had a wonderful time. I grew up with them on the radio...their songs mark the moments of life. :)

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Faybe Bay I wish everyone could see them and hear this concert.

      There was a camera crew on-stage and at the sides, so we may all get to go!

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Tom, James sounds better than ever, if that is possible! Carole King's piano sounded incredible as did her voice, time has been very kind to both of them. Like you, their songs mark the moments of my life also.

      James Taylor was very relaxed with the audience, offering a fair sprinkling of humour. Carole King stood lovingly alongside while he tuned, cracking very funny little jokes.

      Someone in the audience yelled out "I love you James!"

      His response was. " love you too, all of you! Luckily we don't know each other that well!"

      It was the sort of humour that may have been risky in some places, but James knows his audiences, and they did well in choosing Melbourne to start this tour!

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Ah! A classic combo! Tapestry was/is my favorite album! I agree with ag! You are one lucky son of a gun!

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Ever been to a concert, then wished all your fellow music lovers could have come too? That's what it was like Candie!

      I think they are filming the tour. I hope so, as the Melbourne audience shared many great moments with them.

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      What a concert it must have been! Hearing about it brings back some memories of my younger years. I also used to like "Meet me on the Highway," by Carol King, and of course, "Sweet Baby James." I would have been going wild if I had been there. Thanks for sharing this.

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      earnestshub. Hi. Wow what a time you must have had.Carole King and James Taylor are just fabulous where ever they perform. But starting this tour in Melbourne, Aust. to such a smashing audience, must have blown them away. This is a great account of a wonderful night out, you actually made me feel like I was there. Have you come down yet. Thanks for sharing. :) :)

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Valerie the rendition of "Sweet baby James" would have been worth the ticket!

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      oliversmum, it was a fine time alright! It was really obvious that they felt appreciated by the Melbourne audience. Two nights here then on up the coast.

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      gramarye 7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Melbourne was so lucky! Nice hub, it was good to read about it.

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you gramarye, it was great to have hubpages to write about it!

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      changtian 6 years ago

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      askjanbrass 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      What an awesome concert. I can't even imagine seeing James Taylor live, let alone with Carole King. What I wouldn't give to get to see them perform live together.

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      The concert was truly awesome! The good news is they will be coming your way as well!

      Save now for a ticket, it won't be long!

      You sound like a massive fan!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Ernesto, you've taken me back to my teen years. these two are so talented. I think their music will always be classics!

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Habee it was teen time for everyone at the concert!

      Most of we oldies have become pretty comfortable around Carole King and James Taylor.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Taylor and King are both amazing musicians, and I am glad you were able to see them in concert.

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Wish you were there SweetiePie, you would have loved the audience involvement too! They really were superb!

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      Gener Geminiano 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I dunno what went wrong on redgage that made me money. :)

      I find it very awkward to use the redgage thing GeneralHowitzer.

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      theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

      Oooooh lucky!! I would have LOVED this concert! James Taylor is one of my favorites!! I think I can play nearly every one of this songs on either the guitar or piano or both. lol I'm so jealous!

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Hi thbh! It was the perfect concert. I am impressed you can cover James Taylor, I can only play the few I have known from his major hits.

      I am envious of your piano playing. My mother played, but I only learnt a little bit.

      The concert is world-wide, so start saving! Tickets were not cheap.

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