Billboard Century Award winner James Taylor, whose Columbia album "October Road" debuted last week at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, won't be spending much of October on the road, but following a spate o

Billboard Century Award winner James Taylor, whose Columbia album "October Road" debuted last week at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, won't be spending much of October on the road, but following a spate of European dates scheduled for September, he has a larger U.S. tour mapped out for November.

Starting Nov. 8 in Duluth, Minn., Taylor will hit mostly Midwest arenas through a Dec. 14 finale in North Little Rock, Ark. His other dates include an Oct. 7 appearance at the Boston tribute concert to late Billboard editor in chief Timothy White, who died June 27 of a heart attack.

"October Road," Taylor's first album in five years, brought the artist his best sales week performance of the SoundScan era (154,000 copies). That's more than twice the first-week sales of his 1997 album "Hourglass," which won Grammys for best pop vocal album and best engineered recording, nonclassical.

"I think the main thing about albums these days," Taylor recently told Billboard, "is that if it's not gonna be a major effort and represent a valid thing for somebody in my position, then why bother? There's no reason to just get something out to fill a slot in the marketplace."

Taylor is offering prizes including an autographed acoustic guitar and passes to the upcoming tour to fans who purchase "October Road" through his official Web site.

Here are James Taylor's tour dates:

Sept. 4-5: London (Apollo Hammersmith)
Sept. 7: Glasgow (S.E.C.C.)
Sept. 9: Amsterdam (Carre Theatre)
Sept. 11: Frankfurt (Alte Oper)
Sept. 12: Hamburg (Musikhalle Saal 1)
Sept. 15: Rome (Villa Borghese)
Sept. 16: Milan (Teatro Smeraldo)
Sept. 18: Manchester, U.K. (Manchester Evening News Arena)
Oct. 7: Boston (FleetCenter / Music To My Ears benefit)
Nov. 8: Duluth, Minn. (Duluth Ent. Conv. Ctr. Arena)
Nov. 9: Minneapolis (Northrop Auditorium)
Nov. 12: Green Bay, Wis. (Resch Center)
Nov. 13: Madison, Wis. (Alliant Energy Center)
Nov. 15: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Events Center)
Nov. 16: Peoria, Ill. (Civic Center Arena)
Nov. 19: Terre Haute, Ind. (ISU Hulman Center)
Nov. 20: Evansville, Ind. (Roberts Stadium)
Nov. 22: Carbondale, Ill. (SIU Arena)
Nov. 23: Champaign, Ill. (Assembly Hall)
Dec. 3: Lincoln, Neb. (Pershing Auditorium)
Dec. 4: Valley Center, Kan. (Kansas Coliseum)
Dec. 6: Norman, Okla. (Lloyd Noble Center)
Dec. 7: Tulsa, Okla. (Maxwell Convention Center)
Dec. 10: Baton Rouge, La. (Riverside Centroplex)
Dec. 11: Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
Dec. 14: North Little Rock, Ark. (Alltel Arena)

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