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James Taylor postpones tour with Jackson Browne; Tanglewood status pending

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As the impact on the U.S. of the global COVID-19 epidemic intensifies, James Taylor announced Friday the postponement of his upcoming U.S. tour with singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. Taylor previously canceled a spring coast-to-coast tour of Canada set to begin this month because of the new coronavirus outbreak, with dates to be rescheduled at some point.

Browne is recovering from a mild case of the virus, Taylor told The Eagle in a recent interview. As the pandemic's impact kept expanding, Taylor added, he had been hoping to preserve the 27-city U.S. tour, but that the odds were against it.

But, in the announcement Friday morning, he stated that, at the moment, "there is no information regarding the Tanglewood concert scheduled for July 4." The concert, a benefit for Tanglewood, is sold out. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is considering options for the season at the orchestra's summer home, BSO President and CEO Mark Volpe told The Eagle this week, adding that he remains hopeful.

In a joint statement, Taylor and Browne wrote that "we've been increasingly excited to hit the road again. So it's deeply disappointing for both of us to have to call it off and reschedule (and reschedule we WILL)!"

"As we all now realize, COVID-19 is a serious, real and present danger. Moreover, our public health is all of our responsibility," the statement read. "So let us listen to and follow the directions of our public healthcare people and support their efforts in this unprecedented time of global pandemic."

The U.S. tour's only other date in New England, a June 21 show at Boston's Fenway Park with Brandi Carlile and Shawn Colvin, also has been postponed and will be rescheduled, according to the announcement.

The coast-to-coast schedule of U.S. performances had been scheduled to begin May 14 in New Orleans and conclude July 10 in Camden, N.J. Among the major cities booked for Taylor-Browne shows were Fort Worth, Texas, Salt Lake City, Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Anaheim, Calif., Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville, Tenn., and Wantagh on Long Island in New York.

"Previously purchased tickets will be honored for all new dates and fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets," the announcement stated. "Fans with questions are asked to reach out to their point of purchase."

Clarence Fanto can be reached at cfanto@yahoo.com, on Twitter @BE_cfanto or at 413-637-2551.

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