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BRIEF: James Taylor at the X in November

August 25, 2014

By Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.

Aug. 25--Folk legend James Taylor will return to the Xcel Energy Center on Nov. 2 for his third performance in the downtown St. Paul hockey arena.

Tickets are $91.50 and $67 and will go on sale at 10 a.m.Sept. 5 through Ticketmaster.

A five-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Taylor got his start recording for the Beatles' Apple Records label in 1968. But it wasn't until his second album, "Sweet Baby James," that he started to turn heads. The song "Fire and Rain" hit No. 3 on the charts, the first of a string of hits for Taylor that includes "You've Got a Friend," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" and "Handy Man."

Taylor, 66, has slowed his recording career. His most recent album, "Covers," was released in 2008 via the Starbucks label Hear Music. In 2010, Taylor mounted a joint tour with his longtime friend Carole King. It drew more than 18,000 fans to the X that May. Taylor also played the X in August 2003.

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