Hot Tours: James Taylor & Carole King, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé
Hot Tours: James Taylor & Carole King, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé

LAST BALL

It's clear that the executives working on this tour find it rewarding beyond the box-office success. CAA's Light says these shows "remind us all of why we got into this business in the first place," and he credits "two great artists who had a very clear vision, combined with great management and a great co-agent in Dan Weiner."

Weiner credits the headliners and managers and says, "The greatest joys were the glowing calls that I received from folks after the concerts, and for the opportunity to see so many of the shows as an audience member from the first note to the last."

The touring industry is notorious for extending reunions and successful concepts to the point of diminishing returns, but both King and Taylor seem adamant that their July 20 gig at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., will be it for the Troubadour Reunion.

"It's not likely there will ever be another Troubadour Reunion tour," Taylor says, though he notes that a one-off benefit or European tour is conceivable. "It's tempting. When something works there's a great pressure to keep the big ball rolling, but the same reason it was difficult for us to finally get together and do this-it took such an effort, the initial thing at the Troubadour followed by this massive plan-it tends to argue against it ever happening again. Carole and I would be very surprised."

The Troubadour Reunion tour "was a confluence of events and people being together at the right time and place, and it came together very organically," King says. "This wasn't us saying, 'How can we make more money?' Making more money is certainly not something we object to, but it has to come from something we really wanted to do.
"We knew it would be fun. 'Fun' is an understatement-it's joy. Every minute on that stage for every one of us is joy. In order to protect that, one of the things you have to do is say, 'Let's not stay at the ball too long.' "

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