The Boston Red Sox and Live Nation New England have announced that legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor & His All-Star Band will round out the grand opening celebration of the new MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston by officially opening the venue with two historic performances on August 29 and August 30. Tickets for both shows will go on sale on Friday, June 17 at 10 am.
“James’ connection to the Red Sox, Fenway Park, and the broader Fenway Sports Group family has been a constant, and there is no one better suited to the task of debuting our new state-of-the-art venue,” said Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. “We didn’t only seek him out for his talent, accomplishment, and appeal, but as a Bostonian who, like us, understands the power a venue can have on people and communities. We can’t wait to have James perform at the MGM Music Hall, a place we hope will stand for something greater than brick and mortar in the music world.”
As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 50 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002.
In addition to multiple Grammy awards, Taylor has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2012, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony.
In November 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In December 2016 Taylor received the Kennedy Center Honors, which are presented annually to individuals who have enriched American culture by distinguished achievement in the performing arts.