One of this summer’s dream tours has become a little less dreamy.
Bonnie Raitt announced Monday that, due to a health matter, she will have to sit out several shows with James Taylor and His All-Star Band, including the May 22 stop at the Sprint Center. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. James Taylor will still be performing
Raitt will miss the tour’s first 19 shows from May 8 through June 6. Sixteen of those are now being billed as “An Evening With James Taylor,” meaning there will be no opening act. Sheryl Crow will join Taylor for a show in Phoenix and two in Los Angeles. Raitt will rejoin the tour June 22 in St. Paul, Minn.
In a statement released Monday, Raitt said, "I'm deeply sorry to have to disappoint my fans, James and colleagues with these cancellations. I was so looking forward to our tour, but I'm very grateful that the doctors feel this can be taken care of with surgery. … The best gift you could give me is respecting my wish for privacy and giving me space to heal. Can't wait to see you all back on the road again soon.”
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The statement also said that the prognosis is good and “a full recovery is expected.”
Taylor’s show at the Sprint Center will now feature two sets with an intermission. In his statement, Taylor said, "We are so looking forward to having (Raitt) rejoin the tour in mid-June. Of course, there is no question as to the priority of your health, Bonnie. You will be constantly in our hearts and minds until we see you in June."
Taylor previously performed in Kansas City in June 2014 at Starlight Theatre. That, too, was “An Evening With” show. Here is a review. Raitt’s previous Kansas City performance was at the Midland theater in October 2016. Here is a review.
The Taylor/Raitt show was one of a few summer tours with double headliners. Rod Stewart will be on tour with Cyndi Lauper this summer, including a stop at the Sprint Center on Aug. 14.